Renting vs. Buying a Knee Scooter
Updated: Oct 9, 2020
You have an upcoming surgery and you are a candidate for utilizing a knee scooter to stay mobile. You’re shopping around and trying to figure out, “Do I rent or do I buy a knee scooter?” Everyone’s situation is different, but in today’s post we’ll try to help you through that decision.
Some of the factors to consider when deciding between renting and purchasing a knee walker or knee scooter include Time, Space, Quality and Value:
How much time is the knee scooter needed? Purchasing provides the flexibility of not having to worry about how many weeks you will need the unit. If you are going to use it long term, it makes sense to purchase a unit. But, if you will only need the knee scooter for a couple of weeks, why would you want to deal with the hassle of finding a place to store the knee scooter when finished?
How much space do I have? Knee scooters are bulky. Though the tiller bar can be folded down, they still weigh over 20 lbs and can be oddly shaped enough to not be stowed away easily in a closet or garage. If you purchase your unit, you will have to find somewhere to store it until you can discard it. Renting allows you the ability to quickly return the unit and regain some space.
Resale value? If you purchased a unit and now want to get rid of it, are you willing to assume the liability if the next user gets hurt on it? Rental companies care for their knee walkers and do a thorough inspection before sending out a unit. If you purchase a knee walker and want to get rid of it you most likely will assume the liability should something happen to the next owner. Donating the unit to a non-profit is probably your best bet.
Quality of knee scooter? The old addage, “You get what you pay for” applies here. You most certainly can find a knee scooter online for less than it costs to rent a unit. Beware though of the quality of the unit and assembly required of the lower quality units. Renting a knee scooter allows you to obtain a high quality unit and even pay for it over time.
Knee Walker Central’s mobility team is ready to help with your rental and/or purchase decision. We offer high quality units both for rent and for sale with fast shipping. Give us a call today at 800-893-1264.