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This article was last updated on 1 October 2020.  

Used stairlifts

If you find yourself having difficulty climbing up or down the stairs at home, then you may have considered buying a stairlift.

Buying a new stairlift can be a considerable expense. A brand new stairlift will cost you upwards of £2000 for a straight model, or £5000 for a curved model.

Fortunately, it is possible to buy reconditioned stairlifts at a reduced rate. You can usually buy reconditioned stairlifts for about half the price.

This article will help you to understand what exactly reconditioned stairlifts are and what you should be looking out for when searching for second hand or cheap stairlifts.

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1- What is a Used stairlift?

Many reputable stairlift providers offer their customers the opportunity to sell back their used stairlifts once they are no longer required.

These used stairlifts are taken back to the factory. Any faulty or damaged parts can then be replaced before they are resold as reconditioned stairlifts.

The most important thing to know is that a stairlift is classified as “reconditioned” only if the refurbishment is carried out by

  • The manufacturer
  • A manufacturer-certified supplier.

Otherwise, the stairlift is simply second-hand.

A reconditioned stairlift from a trusted firm like Acorn or Stannah Stairlifts will have been tested to make sure it is still in perfect working order. A reconditioned Acorn stairlift, for example, will provide the same quality of service and safety as new models.

On the other hand, you cannot guarantee that a second-hand stair lift from a private seller will meet these same high standards.

The low price of used stairlifts for sale on sites such as Ebay and Facebook might look tempting. But, it’s probably best to go with a trusted stairlift company.

Here is a helpful video that shows you how a used stairlift is refurbished.

2 – How much does a used stairlift cost to buy?

Reconditioned stairlift prices vary from company to company, but generally fall close to £1000 for straight stairlifts and £3000 for curved stairlifts. This price typically includes the cost of installation, as well as one year’s warranty.

The exact price of your own stairlift will depend on many factors. A surveyor will need to come around to your home to assess your needs and provide a quote.

Used curved stairlifts are so much more expensive than straight reconditioned stairlifts because curved stairlifts need to be tailored to the staircase in your own home. A straight stairlift, by contrast, can be made to fit many different staircases and so can be manufactured in advance.

When comparing the prices of reconditioned stairlifts from different suppliers, you should also consider the ongoing maintenance and service costs once the first year’s warranty expires. It will often be worth paying for an extended warranty or servicing contract to cover call out fees and repairs after the first year has ended.

You should also be aware that if you are classed as disabled or chronically ill, you shouldn’t have to pay any VAT on your stairlift or its installation. Additionally, if you are over 60 but not classed as chronically ill or disabled, you will only need to pay 5% VAT instead of the standard 20% rate.

The actual cost of using new or reconditioned stairlifts after installation is very low. On average, stairlifts cost between £5 and £10 a year in electricity bills to run.

3 – How much do used stairlifts cost to rent?

If, for whatever reason, you only need a stairlift for a short while, then you may want to consider renting a reconditioned stairlift rather than buying one, as stairlift costs can differ.

Both straight and curved reconditioned stair lifts are available to rent, though you may need to search a little further afield to find the product you’re looking for. Acorn, for example, only offer new straight and curved stairlifts as part of their stairlift rental service.

Stannah, however, does offer reconditioned stairlifts to rent. Renting a reconditioned straight stairlift from Stannah will cost you approximately £850 in setup costs, then around £60 per month in fees. Renting a reconditioned curved stairlift from Stannah will cost you around £1650 in setup costs, then around £150 in fees.

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4 – What additional features can I purchase with my stairlift?

It is possible to purchase a range of additional features to help you get the most out of your stair lift. Common optional extras for both new and reconditioned stairlifts include:

  • A power-hinged track: this makes it easy to fold away the track when the stairlift is not in use. This is especially helpful if the track obstructs walkways or poses a trip hazard.
  • A powered swivel seat: this makes it easier for those with limited mobility to get on and off the seat safely.
  • A perch seat: this option is ideal for those who have difficulty sitting down or bending the knees. A perch seat is also a good option if you have a staircase which is too narrow to fit a standard model so therefore need a stairlift for narrow stairs.

Of course, any extra features that you buy should be based on your individual needs, which you should discuss with your surveyor.

5 – How long do reconditioned stairlifts last?

The lifespan of a stair lift will depend on how often it is used, but you would expect a new or newly reconditioned stairlift to last around ten years before it needs to be replaced.

It is possible for stairlifts to last much longer if they are regularly serviced to make sure they remain in perfect working order. Provided they are properly looked after, reconditioned stairlifts should last almost as long as new stairlifts.

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6 – How long will it take to install my stairlift?

The time it takes to install a stairlift will vary according to the model and the supplier, but in general, the installation can be carried out in a single afternoon.

Standard straight stairlifts, for instance, will typically take 1 to 2 hours to install, while more complex models will take between 4 and 5 hours. After the installation, the engineer will normally guide you through the controls of your new equipment and provide any more information that you might need.

7 – Where should I buy a used stairlift from?

Always make sure that you buy a used stairlift from a trusted supplier and not from a private seller. There a number of reasons this is so important:

  • If you buy from a private seller without a warranty, there is a chance that you will end up paying more in the long run on repairs and maintenance. But, if you buy from a trusted supplier, you will be able to call a helpline for support if your stairlift develops any faults.
  • If you buy from a private seller, you will need to arrange the installation of your stairlift yourself. Whereas, if you buy from a trusted supplier, they will arrange for an engineer to carry out the installation in your home as part of the service.
  • It is an especially bad idea to buy a curved stairlift second-hand from a private seller. This is because, without a bespoke handrail, a second-hand curved stairlift will not fit the staircase in your home and you will have wasted your money.

Acorn Stairlifts are trusted suppliers of both new and refurbished stairlifts. They are good options for first-time buyers who want to make sure they are receiving a high-quality service at a fair price.

Who Is The Best Used Stairlift Company In The UK?

At UK Care Guide we have reviewed the main stairlift companies and manufacturers in the UK.

If you are looking for a stairlift, then our recommendation would be for you to use Acorn Stairlifts. This is for the following 8 reasons:

1. History

They have been a major stairlift provider in the UK for over 20 years- longer than most other manufacturers in the UK.

2. Cost

Having reviewed the prices of Acorn and compared them to other providers, we found that they were most often the cheapest.  This combination of value and quality makes them, in our opinion, unbeatable.

3. The World’s Largest Manufacturer

They are the world’s largest stairlift manufacturer, which will help provide you with peace of mind that they will supply you with a good quality lift.

4. British Based

Having a British based company is important as increasingly we are seeing more and more products coming from the likes of China.  Whilst they can sometimes be a little cheaper, we do sometimes have doubts about their quality.  After all, who wants to end up stuck on a stairlift halfway up the stairs!  Acorn are based in Yorkshire.

4. Cost

Having reviewed the prices of Acorn and compared them to other stairlift companies, we found that their average price was often the cheapest for a straight or curved stairlift.

5. Well rated by others

Don’t just take our word for it.  Based on over 1,000 customer responses, they have a 5-star review on Trust Pilot.

6. Speed of Response

The need to get a stairlift can often be urgent, especially if someone has been in hospital and is looking to leave.  Acorn has over 65 UK surveyors and can do same-day assessments as well as a home visit if needed. This help ensures you get the lift as soon as you possibly can.

7. Speed of Installation

Having possibly done an assessment on the day you contacted them, they are also able to complete installation within 3 days in 80% of the UK and within 5 days for the other 20%. Other organisations can take up to two weeks to install your stairlift, causing unnecessary inconvenience.

8. Rent a Stairlift Instead of Buying One

If you find that you are not sure whether you need a stairlift, then Acorn will allow you to rent one of their stairlifts to see how you get on with it.  Not all manufacturers do this and we think this flexibility will be valued by many.

How to contact Acorn

For all of the above reasons, we have no hesitation in recommending Acorn as the best stairlift company for you.  If you do want to buy or rent a stairlift, need a quote, or you have some more questions, you can contact them by ringing –  0800 0169 435.

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Jane Parkinson

Jane Parkinson

Jane is one of our primary content writers and specialises in elder care. She has a degree in English language and literature from Manchester University and has been writing and reviewing products for a number of years.

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