If you have a mobility scooter or a motorized medical scooter that you don’t have a use for anymore, there are lots of options for you to get rid of it. Perhaps the best option is for you to donate your old mobility scooter.
This way you are getting rid of something you no longer need — clearing your property of old stuff — and helping others in need in the process. It also keeps you from having to deal with the logistics and hassle of trying to sell the scooter, giving you a tax write off instead, which can be just as financially beneficial and even more morally satisfying.
But before you donate your mobility scooter, there are a few things to consider.
Can a Mobility Scooter be Donated?
If you’re wondering whether you can donate a mobility scooter, the answer is yes, but you have to know where. Not all charities and organizations will accept used mobility scooters, though many will. The key to getting rid of your scooter is to find the organization or drop off location that will make it the easiest on you and perhaps even give you a receipt, so you can get a tax write off.
Where to Donate a Mobility Scooter Near Me
There are many charitable organizations around the United States who take mobility scooter donations, like American Mobility Outreach.
If you wish to donate a motorized mobility scooter, you can also look to The Wheelchair Foundation, which has a list of organizations that accept scooters on its website. You can also try institutions like nursing homes and long term care facilities.
Now, if you have a larger motorcycle-like mobility scooter, you can give it to organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Make-A-Wish. One thing to keep in mind for this option is that you will need to sign over the title of the scooter to the charity, if applicable in your state.
Some such charities only accept certain sizes and weights of scooters. They also care about the condition of the scooter, and will only accept new or gently used scooters.
You will probably want to make your donation to a charity in your local area that accepts your specific type of scooter. A local organization is also a good idea because it is easier to drop off the scooter, though sometimes they will pick it up from your home.
What to Do Before you Donate
Although you may wish to just donate your mobility scooter as-is, it is a good idea to give it a little attention before you do so. It only takes a few minutes to clean up a scooter. All you have to do is wipe it down with a wet cloth and soap or a disinfecting wipe.
You also want to make sure it works properly. Although there are a select few organizations who will accept scooters that don’t function properly, using them for parts or selling them as-is, it is always better to donate a functioning scooter, if you can.
Other ways to Dispose of a Mobility Scooter
If your scooter doesn’t work and you can’t find an organization to accept it, or you just don’t want to do so, there are other options available.
Recycle your mobility scooter
Recycling your old mobility scooter is always an option and, in some cases, it may be the easiest. You don’t get the satisfaction of helping people in need and you probably won’t get a tax write off, but taking your scooter to a recycling facility, junkyard, or something along those lines, can be the quickest option with the least amount of hassle. Though you will still have to arrange for the scooter to be dropped off or picked up from your home.
Sell your mobility scooter
Selling your scooter is another great option. It gives you the ability to recoup some of the money you initially spent on the scooter while seeing it used by someone who needs it.
There are many places to sell your mobility scooter, like flea markets, yard sales, and even online. If you try to sell it online, be advised that some online marketplaces like Facebook Marketplace will not allow you to sell a mobility scooter because Facebook considers it to be used medical equipment. You can, however, sell it on a site like Craigslist.
The only downside to selling your mobility scooter is that it can take considerable time and logistics, which not everyone can deal with.
Getting your tax write off
If you are specifically looking for a tax write off for donating your scooter, check out the IRS website to find tax exempt organizations that will give you such a write off. Then give your scooter to the organization and make sure they give you a donation receipt. You will need this when it comes time to file your taxes and claim your write off.
As you can likely see, there are many options when it comes to donating your mobility scooter. Some are easier than others. Some are more morally rewarding than others. And some are more financially beneficial than others.
The most important thing is that you find the option that works best for you given your circumstances and limitations. If you are disabled and don't have the health or physical ability to go through the process of selling your old mobility scooter, then donating or recycling it is probably the best idea for you.
Using the aforementioned guide, you should be able to find an organization who will accept and maybe even pickup your mobility scooter while giving you a tax write off.