I was contacted by a lady here in Fullerton, who'd see my ad on Craigslist and the one I'd just put on EBay. She sent her husband and her daughter, who said she did the maintenance for her mother. They looked it over and the daughter sat in it and drove it, before the lady's husband made me an offer. We dickered a bit before reaching a sum that satisfied us both. He came by a couple days later and paid me before hopping on the Rascal and driving it about a mile and a half home. I knew if I waited long enough someone who really needed it would buy it, and while I sold it for less than I hoped, I'd started at 1800.00, which was roughly half retail, I had dropped to 1200.00 in the last ads and sold it to them for less, but they paid what they could afford and a person who needs it got a great scooter that hopefully will last her a long time. So I'm happy.
Apparently no one wants a deal on a to all intents and purposes new Rascal 306. I bought it as a new demo when rascal folded in 2011, it had been used as a demo once, a guy I met on 1st moving to Calif. actually the owner of the rental agency where rented a car, was thinking about starting to rent scooters. He's located across Harbor Blvd from Disneyland, and he kept seeing tourists who'd rented Pride scooters from another business tip over in the middle of Harbor. At least that's what he told me.
I explained to him that the Rascal 600B 3 wheel was almost incapable of tipping over because of the way it's designed. Rascal moved the tip wheels forward to where they're next to the front wheel and made them bigger. When it turns too fast or is on an uneven surface the tip wheel on that side touches down and it becomes a 4 wheeler. Now, I told him, it's not impossible to tip, but in a year and a half or so selling them to the VA I never saw one tip over, and in the beginning when demoing to the VA I offered 20.00 to anyone who could tip it and some really tried, but no one got 20.00. Unfortunately he turned out to be a flake, lots of talk no action, and Rascal went toes up a couple weeks after the demo.
Unfortunately as you can tell from the title, I still have it. The good news is I don't have to carry my laundry to the washing machines and I have a comfortable seat while I read and wait.
I have had at least a couple dozen, mostly from craigslist, offer lowballs of 3-400. thinking I'm going to give it away, not even one came to check it out and see if it fits.
I'm asking less than the retail (3900) a lot less, but I'm not giving it away. Right now it's sitting in my studio apt, in the way, the handlebar is a great place to hang a jacket,but there it'll stay until I get the reasonable price, or I need it for myself, which isn't impossible either, but not yet. I'll only sell at any price, to someone that comes here to Fullerton, and tries it out to make sure it works for them. If someone reading this could use it, comment or email an inquiry.
FYI my job has kept me from posting on either blog as much as I'd like, so I want to thank those who keep coming back, I really appreciate it.
Just wanted to add a note. If you ride your scooter, or power chair every day, plug it in to charge when you're done, every time. This extends the life of the batteries. These are sealed lead acid batteries and unlike many things you can't shorten their life by charging. If you aren't using it, as I used to tell Veterans when delivering, plug it in once a week overnight, this will keep it charged and protect the batteries.
Once I had a scooter on loan at the Bath, NY VA and they didn't charge it for more than a year. When I picked it up, after pushing it a 1/4 mile back to my van and getting it home, I charged the batteries over a week and they wouldn't charge, just swelled up and got fat. The moral is if you want to protect the batteries and you're using your scooter or powerchair infrequently or not at all plug it in and charge it at leeast once a week, if using it every day charge it overnight every time.
I've had several people in NY who have Rascals that I delivered or sold ask where can they get service. Keep in mind they may not service Rascal anymore or they may charge more now, but I know they were Rascal service centers when I was back there. Here they are:
In the Syracuse NY area, I know he's covered from Cooperstown to Bath so in Central NY call and ask he may be able to help. George Gratton 315 638 1489
In the Albany/Schenectady area and up the Northway and into the Aderondacks is Mario at Adaptive Equip. 518 747 4815 He's in Fort Edwards...
In Norwich there's Jack Parker at Park n Go 607 335 1336 or 607 334 2413
In western NY located in Bath there's Everything Medical 607 776 8000
If you have a lift these guys also service them but here's Freedom Lift too 800 755 2856
They all good and also service other scooters and powerchairs like Pride, Amigo, Golden, etc. just call and ask
Born about 15 miles from where I was living when I started blogging, at the Norwich NY Hospital. Grew up in Oxford and Tyner NY, we moved to South New Berlin. We had lived in town in Oxford until my father decided he wanted to be a farmer. So we moved to a farm in Tyner. The house burned which is when we moved to South New Berlin onto another farm. Then to Southern Calif. in Fullerton, went to Buena Park High School. My Aunt lived out there in Anaheim, had from her time in the service (WWII). My interest in the occult (it means unknown) stemmed from hearing her talk about Edgar Cayce.
Lived there for next 30 years or so. Got into sales f/t.
Moved to NY in 12/91 figuring to stay awhile and go back to Calif. Still here 18 years later, selling Rascal scooters in home in 98, then the new VA div selling to VA hospitals in 99. Still there covering 98% of upstate NY. Working on raising the money to get back to Calif. 2011, finally back to Calif couldn't take another NY winter. Living in Fullerton again, still in sales, a great job in Orange.