So here is an interesting question that comes up more than you might imagine to be honest. In fact, you would probably be surprised if I told you just how often I’m asked this by customers looking to make a loan or come up with some quick cash.
The question is – do pawn shops buy or accept electric wheelchairs. Weird right? Well, not really actually.
As much of a convenience as an electric wheelchair is, the truth of the matter is that you can do without one for a period of time if you need to and it’s really not that big of a deal for some folks.
Normally these are what you might refer to as a “Fringe” cases where they have other means of mobility or maybe just have more than one electric wheelchair, which is also often the case to be honest.
So with that in mind, knowing that pawn shops deal with so many things and so much different merchandise, would a pawn shop be willing to take an electric wheelchair in on loan or maybe just buy it outright from you?
Well, the truth of the matter is that the question isn’t as easy to answer as you might really hope for.
You see, not all pawn shops operate the same way. They are all owned by individual operators for the most part and because of that, they all have their own rules about what they will and will not accept for a loan or to buy.
So with that in mind, what I can tell you is that if you are looking for a pawn shop that will take in an electric wheelchair that you should be looking for a larger pawn shop that is known to carry a large variety of merchandise in general.
These kinds of pawn shops by the nature of their very business are going to be much more open to the ideal of making a loan against a wheelchair.
How To Pawn An Electric Wheelchair
If you want to pawn an electric wheelchair, there are some things that you should do and a few factors that you need to consider before heading down to just any pawn shop and presenting it as is.
The first thing of course is that you need to locate a pawn shop that will take an electric wheelchair in on loan.
Now the best way to do that is with a little old fashion phone work. Don’t worry, it’s not tough, not at all.
What you will want to do is go to Google.com and search the phrase “Local Pawn Shops.” Google will then return a list of pawn shops in your area along with their addresses and phone numbers.
You will want to go down that list and call the pawn shops one by one and simply ask them if they would take an electric wheelchair in for loan.
The chances are that if you hit a pawn shop that is larger and deals with a lot of merchandise, then there is a good chance that they will take you wheelchair in on loan.
Once you’ve located a pawn shop that will take a look at what you have, there are a few things that you should do before heading down to them.
How To Get The Most Money For Your Electric Wheelchair
What you will want to do now is to make sure that you can get that wheelchair in the ebst and most presentable condition possible.
That means that you should really consider doing the following:
Tips For Pawning An Electric Wheelchair
Make Sure It’s Charged – The first thing that you need to make sure that you do is to be sure that the wheelchair is fully charged. The pawn shop will want to test your wheelchair out and make sure that everything works just like it should before they go ahead and make a loan against it, so spending a few minutes to make sure that things are working properly will really put you at a competitive advantage when trying to get the most money out of your chair possible.
Make Sure It’s Clean – The next major thing that you will want to do before heading down to your local pawn shop with your electric wheelchair is to make sure that it is as clean and as presentable as possible.
Wheelchairs, by their very nature, get dirty very quickly. Whether it’s the dirt and grim from what they are rolling around on or the years of sitting in them on a regular basis, wheelchairs can get pretty dirty pretty quickly. Because of this you will really want to invest some time and make sure that your chair is as clean as possible.
Now I’m not saying that you have to wax the thing but you should certainly at very least take a wet cloth to it and get most of the heavy dirt and grim off the wheels, deck and seat.
The cleaner that you can get your chair before taking it down, the better the chances of you getting the most money possible out of it.
Bring Everything With You – Like just about anything that a pawn shop looks at, they will want to make sure that what you are bringing them has all of the pieces and that it’s as complete as possible so that they can make the best loan on it that they can.
What that will typically mean to most people is that you should at very least have the charger for the wheelchair with you. Without the charger, you can pretty much forget getting a loan on it from your local pawn shop.
However, there are a few other things that you should also consider bringing with you. For instance, a lot of electric wheelchairs will have baskets or carts that you can hang on the front handlebars – bring that if you have it! In addition, bring any warranty paperwork with you – particularly if that warranty is transferrable from owner to owner as that will mean a lot to a wise pawn broker.
Following these tips should give you the best experience possible when attempting to pawn your electric wheelchair.