Why Warranties for Mobility Scooters and Electric Wheelchair Parts Matter
Any power chair or scooter purchased from a reputable supplier should have a long product lifespan. However, sometimes even the best electric wheelchair parts can break prematurely. While this is unusual, there are several explanations for early breakage. For example, a mechanical part may have been constructed or installed with a previously imperceptible flaw. Though unusual, failures like this can easily be fixed as long as your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair parts are under warranty.
Warranties play a vital role in fixing any early mechanical problems your scooter or wheelchair might experience, as well as taking care of any ‘tweaking’ it may need. Warranties themselves vary in the amount of time they last and what kind of damage they cover. However, almost all mobility scooter and electric wheelchair parts come with minimum one year coverage. This short-term warranty should cover any ‘growing pains’ your power chair experiences during the break-in period. Some companies also offer extended warranties for mobility scooters and electric wheelchair parts.
The Pros and Cons of Extended Warranties
Extended warranties can be a great buy, but their usefulness may vary. If your mobility scooter or electric wheelchair parts are going to fail, they’re most likely to do so shortly after purchase or after years of use. Therefore, a warranty that covers only two years of usage is going to be limited in its effectiveness. For that reason, some consumers prefer to purchase only one year warranties and open independent saving accounts to cover future repairs. However, many consumers still continue to opt for the greatest warranty possible, even if the length of coverage is only a few years. For these consumers, the chance of something going wrong within the first several years of use is still enough to justify adding another layer of protection. More to the point, they enjoy the additional peace of mind they get from extended coverage.
Voiding Your Power Chair Warranty and Engaging ‘Lemon Laws’
Unfortunately, it can be possible to void your warranty if you aren’t careful. Performing improper repairs or modifications on electric wheelchair parts, for example, can destroy your ability to ask for compensation. However, as long as you work with licensed repair technicians and behave responsibly, there’s no reason to believe you’ll have trouble claiming your warranty.
If you ever do have problems receiving warranty benefits, or if your chair break repeatedly during its first year, you may also be able to utilize state ‘lemon laws.’ While the details of these laws vary by state, most boil down to the idea that companies are required to adhere to the terms of your warranty. If they are unable to do so, the state may force a refund or permanent replacement. However, as long as you work with a reputable supplier, it’s very unlikely you’ll have to worry about such legalities. Any good power chair retailer will recognize the important of their product, and do everything they can to help you keep your mobility scooter and electric wheelchair parts in tip-top shape.