|Somewhere back down the road I worked myself up to an almost-rant state on the topic of wheelchair warranties.
Having dealt with a few more of these consumer issues recently has pushed me over the top and back on this topic. I’m still holding to my opinion that the average wheelchair warranty is no better and often inferior to almost any other product warranty.
Fine, I know that the powered wheelchair is an electronic device, and that a higher standard might apply to your powerchair as opposed to an appliance on your kitchen counter. I will concede that the powered wheelchair should rate in importance with something or other, but with what? I have found that it is often easier to figure these ranking things out by comparison.
Here you go then. A list of some items and their warranties. Beneath that are some wheelchair warranties. Let’s decide where the scooter and powered wheelchair place in the scheme of things.
Some almost everyday item warranties.
Cuisinart SmartPower Premier Duet 600-Watt Blender
Processor will be free of defects in material or workmanship under normal home use for three years from the date of original purchase.
Certified Used Honda
Powertrain covered for seven years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first) from the vehicle’s original in-service date.
KOHLER K-200 water filter systems
warranted to be free of defects in material and workmanship for five (5) years from the date of purchase in normal residential use.
Toto Washlet- Cleaning system (bidet)
TOTO warrants its products to be free from manufacturing defects under normal use and service for a period of one (1) year from date of purchase.
lifetime mechanical warranty all labor and service.
Eureka- Tents and sleeping bags.
Consumer Tents and Aluminum Pole Screen Houses: the life of the product.
Ecco Classic Sneaker GTX Womens Golf Shoes 39643
Exclusive 2 year warranty
Thomasville Wood Furniture
The limited warranty on wood furniture products, which includes dressers, beds, tables, chests, dining chairs, desks, cabinets and their component parts, is one year from the date you receive the product in your home.
Some powered wheelchair and scooter warranties.
Electric Mobility Rascal ConvertAble 600T (Scooter)
1-year limited warranty on drivetrain, motor and non-wear parts.
Pride Mobility Sundancer (scooter)
For one year from the date of purchase, Pride Mobility Products Corporation will repair or replace, at our option, to the original purchaser, free of charge, any part found upon examination by an authorized representative of Pride Mobility Products Corporation to be defective in material and/or
Teftec Mobility (Powered wheelchair)
Drive and Steering Motors 2 years or 1000 hours. Control (Electronics & Joystick) 2 years.
Invacare Corporation Pronto M51 with Surestep (powered wheelchair)
Electronics 12 months Motor/Gearbox 12 months
Sunrise Medical Quickie Aspire (powered wheelchair)
Two year warranty on the main electronic controller; a one year warranty on the motor, gear boxes and joystick; and three month warranty on all other parts and components.
Now, let’s position the scooter warranty first- That was easy! It looks like the scooter warranty and the bidet warranty are a wash.
Next up is the powered wheelchair warranty- Hmmm, not as good as a pen or a water filter system, or a even a tent. I think it’s close but in stride with the womens golf shoes.
Conclusion- Scooter and powered wheelchair warranties are right up there with warranties on womens golf shoes and bidets. Well, I feel better now. Everything is in proper perspective at last. And that’s the reality.
By the way- You should try one of those Sensa pens. They write much smoother than your wheelchair rolls.