Wheelchair FAQs

Plesse see below some of the most Frequently Asked Questions we get asked about wheelchairs.

If you need help and advice for finding the right wheelchair please feel free to get in touch.

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A local mobility shop or wheelchair centre will assess you for a suitable wheelchair. Choosing the type of wheelchair that is best for you will take into account many factors including your height and weight, any mobility limitations, intended use, and positioning or pressure relief considerations.

From our showrooms in Walsall and Hednesford near Cannock we sell Transit and Self Propel Wheelchairs from stock.

Crash-tested wheelchairs for passenger transport in stock or to order.

Heavy Duty wheelchairs are available to order and lightweight wheelchairs are available to rent.

We keep the most popular types of wheelchairs in our showrooms for assessment and sale. A wheelchair assessment at one of our stores is the best way to find out which wheelchair is the best option for you.

We supply wheelchairs from UK-based Distributors. The brands we stock are Karma, Days, Roma Medical, Pride, and Electric Mobility.

Prices for wheelchairs vary depending on quality and specification. The price range for Manual Wheelchairs is typically £150 to £450.

Every wheelchair has a specified maximum user weight. This can vary, but typically 18 stone is common. Some wheelchairs have lower user weights particularly lightweight wheelchairs which are easy to lift and transport.

Yes, heavy-weight wheelchairs are known as Bariatric Wheelchairs.  Please ask us for details.

Not all wheelchairs are convenient to fold to go into the car. Lightweight, folding frames and swing-away removable footrests feature on most wheelchairs.
As part of a wheelchair assessment, we help decide which wheelchair best meets your needs. Transportability is often very important.

We sometimes sell off our ex-rental wheelchairs. These are normally lightweight wheelchairs that are easy to lift and transport in the car. Prices from £95.

Many people may need to rent a wheelchair for a short period for holidays or for a short period of incapacity following accidents or operations. Wheelchairs for hire can be collected by arrangement or delivery locally can sometimes be arranged.

The range you can achieve with an electric wheelchair is directly related to the capacity of the batteries fitted. Typically, 12amp batteries can give up to 10 miles range. An electric wheelchair with 35amp batteries could typically do up to 20 miles. You must keep in mind that the range a manufacturer quotes is a bit like the MPG that car manufacturers quote. The actual range will depend on many factors like user weight, tyre pressure, surface conditions, gradients and air temperature.

There is no road tax due on electric wheelchairs, and there is no legal requirement to take out insurance for an electric wheelchair, but we strongly recommend it. In addition to general cover for accidental damage or theft, Mobility Insurance would include public liability cover in case of injury caused to a third party.

An electric wheelchair can look similar to a manual wheelchair but has a motor and batteries to power it. An electric wheelchair is controlled with one hand with a joystick, normally positioned on an armrest. A Mobility scooter has a steering column and is controlled with a throttle lever. You can get advice on selecting which mobility equipment is most suited to your needs at our local mobility shops.

There are 2 broad categories of Wheelchairs. A Transit wheelchair is one with 12-inch wheels at the back which needs to be pushed by an attendant. A self-propelled wheelchair has large wheels at the back, typically 24” and can be propelled by the user while sitting in the wheelchair.

With the current pressures on the NHS access to services can be challenging. The NHS Wheelchair Service can be contacted locally. You will normally need a referral from your GP and may be eligible for a wheelchair assessment. Permanent wheelchair users may also be considered for electric wheelchair provision.

From our showrooms in Walsall, and Hednesford near Cannock, we sell Transit and Self Propel Wheelchairs from stock.

Crash-tested wheelchairs for passenger transport in stock or to order.

Heavy Duty wheelchairs are available to order and lightweight wheelchairs are available to rent.

A powerchair or power chair is just another name for an electric wheelchair.

Traditional electric wheelchairs can be heavy and difficult to transport. Depending on the needs of the individual, a mobility scooter is often a more suitable product for intended use and ease of transport. Where an electric wheelchair proves to be the best option, lightweight, transportable models are available.

All new wheelchairs come with a minimum of 12 months warranty. The warranty covers replacement parts in the event of faulty materials or manufacture. It does not cover accidental or malicious damage. You should also bear in mind that if you buy a wheelchair online you will normally be responsible for the cost of returning it to the supplier if a fault needs to be investigated. A local Mobility Shop is generally better placed to provide the best aftersales service.

As with mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs can be Class 2 or Class 3. A Class 2 electric wheelchair has a maximum speed of 4mph, and a Class 3 electric wheelchair has a maximum speed of 8mph.

If you have a qualifying medical condition and the wheelchair is purchased by an individual for private use, it can be purchased VAT exempt. You just have to complete a simple VAT declaration on your order form.

Our workshop in Walsall is where we service and repair wheelchairs. We give priority to our own customers and have availability of spare parts for the wheelchair brands we sell. We can service most wheelchairs but parts are not always available for wheelchairs that have been purchased on the internet.

Our workshop in Walsall is where we service and repair electric wheelchairs. We give priority to our own customers and have availability of spare parts for the wheelchair brands we sell. We can service most electric wheelchairs but parts are not always available for wheelchairs purchased on the internet.