Ways To Save Money On Portable Oxygen Concentrators
There are three main ways to save money on portable oxygen:
- Buy used or reconditioned
- Rent an oxygen concentrator instead of buying it
- Look for a financing option
Let’s take a closer look at each.
Buy a used or reconditioned unit
Now, we’re not talking about getting an Inogen portable oxygen concentrator from Craigslist or eBay. In fact, we strongly advise readers against doing so. There’s no way to tell for sure what kind of condition the machine is in or how bad the wear and tear really is. In addition, you’re unlikely to get a decent warranty buying this way, and a good warranty is key when purchasing a costly piece of medical equipment.
That’s the bad news. The good news is that several reputable online sellers (such as Oxygen Concentrator Store) offer used or reconditioned units for sale from time to time. You won’t find the same range of units to choose from, but the lower cost might just offset that.
If you choose to buy used or reconditioned, you’ll want to call the supplier up and check:
- What kind of testing they put the machines through to be sure they’re fit for purpose.
- What kind of warranty they offer on used or reconditioned machines.
- We also recommend checking out online reviews for the supplier. Look for reviews on independent sites – the ones on their own site might be cherry-picked for the best ones.
Renting a portable oxygen concentrator
Some suppliers offer an option to rent rather than buy a portable oxygen concentrator. This can be particularly helpful if you only need the concentrator for a short time, like before or after surgery. Renting isn’t usually a good long-term plan, as the cost of renting over a longer period often ends up higher than if you’d bought the machine.
If you choose to buy reconditioned or rent, the best thing is to talk to several suppliers. Find out.
Look for a financing option
You’ll find some oxygen suppliers offer a financing option that lets you spread the cost of purchase. This can be a good way to ease the financial burden while still knowing you’ll own the equipment once it’s paid off. If you want to go for a financing deal, be sure to check the small print and make sure you can comfortably afford the repayments.