In order to avoid a costly one-off repair, it’s a good idea to find a reliable cover plan to ensure the longevity of your stairlift. It goes without saying that the breakdown or impaired use of your machine would not only cause inconvenience for you at home, but could also result in an expensive bill and take time to fix.
If you rely on this equipment to move easily around your home, you won’t want to be left hanging around waiting for a repair service (who may require booking several weeks in advance). This could seriously hamper your mobility at home, so it’s best to make sure you are covered well in advance of any problems.
The company from whom you purchased your stairlift should be able to provide you with a full care and repair cover plan. If you denied insurance when you purchased your model, it may be worth re-considering your options – the last thing you want is to be left with an expensive, broken piece of equipment which can’t be used.
If this does happen, however, and you’re left wondering why you never got your product insured – don’t worry. There are a range of options available through the best suppliers, including the sale of your existing stairlift, the proceeds of which you can then put towards a newer model.
Alternatively, any leading supplier should be able to offer you a full care package – whether or not you purchased your model from them initially.
When looking for a plan, be sure to read the conditions thoroughly, rather than just opting for the cheapest plan available. You’ll want your cover to be affordable, but priority attention to is of paramount importance. You don’t want to get caught out without the help you need to safely move around your home.
If your stairlift is broken, without coverage, the replacement of one of your parts can be more expensive than the cost of a full service contract – so it’s definitely worth the investment. Plus, there is no guarantee that an engineer will be available when you need one.
In the event of a complete breakdown, you need to be able to depend on a rapid response from a qualified engineer who can fix the problem quickly and efficiently, at no additional cost.Be sure to check that in such an event, the full callout, parts and labour are fully inclusive in your monthly premium.
What kind of cover you decide to go for is up to you, but typically these plans tend to span either one or two years, so you’ll need to make sure you’re updating your coverage accordingly. The plan should also include at least one service visit per year, as well as a priority service in the event of a breakdown – you’ll need to know you can pick up the phone and have somebody round quickly.
The best way to find affordable coverage is by looking online for an accredited stairlift supplier. It’s a good idea to find a company local to you, so that callout response time will be minimised, but it’s not essential as many of these services operate nationally.
After you’ve established which company you’re going to use, it’s best to request a call back for more information. Cover can sometimes be taken out online, but it’s best to speak to somebody directly to make sure you’re aware of all the important information.
Once you have full coverage, you can enjoy the freedom of having better mobility in your home, taking full advantage of your model without worrying about what happens if there is a problem or the machine breaks down.