It is not always possible, cost-effective or convenient to take your own mobility equipment with you when you travel. You could be concerned about damaging or losing your wheelchair or scooter even if technically you could travel with your own. This should not make you feel like you cannot go where you want, when you want because there are plenty of options when it comes to renting wheelchairs or mobility scooters along with other types of accessible equipment. Whatever your reasons for wondering about the possibility of hiring your desired mobility equipment for your trip you will be pleased to read that it should be a lot more affordable and easier than you could be forgiven for thinking. Here are some key tips that should help you make the process as smooth and cost-effective as possible.
Check your travel insurance
Depending on the level of your cover you may be fully or partially covered for the rental of mobility equipment especially for an accessible holiday abroad. If you are yet to take out travel insurance then it may be worth investigating getting this included in your policy especially if you travel a lot.
Don’t ignore the tourist board!
When you are thinking of planning a trip to anywhere in the world your first port of call should be to contact the tourist board of the city or place that you are visiting. They will offer you a choice of rental companies and this way you will be tapping into the local market and not 3rd party brokers or agents which will be likely to save you plenty of money.
Don’t leave things last minute!
Not only does booking your rental equipment in advance mean that you will be certain to have exactly what you need, when you need it but you may get better prices and the pick of the best equipment.
Don’t ignore European pharmacies
Pharmacies on the continent often offer a myriad of services that would seem strange to visitors from the UK or US. While not always the cheapest of options the fact that large pharmacies in Europe will often be able to provide quick rental of a wide range of mobility equipment means that they can be useful last-minute solutions in the case of a breakage or last minute trip. It is also the case that some of the better value rental providers have a minimum rental period. In such a case a pharmacy can come into its own with greater flexibility.
Get a range of quotes
As with anything in this world the more market research you do the likelier you are to get the best value. Obtaining quotes from several providers makes great sense and can often help you to negotiate a better deal.
Be open to the idea of a folding scooter
If a scooter is what you are looking for then there are some great mobility folding scooters that can be purchased to accompany you on your travels. It would often pay for itself in a couple of trips compared to the cost of renting while you are travelling, so is well worth looking at.
Understand the repair policy
Before signing a rental contract make sure that you are fully aware of how the company will respond to any malfunctioning or broken equipment. Will they deliver a replacement? How quickly will it come? Will there be any extra cost incurred should something go wrong. Most reputable rental companies will offer comprehensive and efficient cover, but this should never be taken for granted. It is always best to have everything clear in your mind to avoid stress and nasty surprises down the line.