Updated: Nov 9
Theres a lot of things to consider when purchasing a used Onewheel in Canada! Heres a few points that you should keep in mind before buying yours!
Figure out which model is right for you first: Start your journey by understanding the different Onewheel models available, such as the Onewheel Pint, XR, Pint X, and GT. Determine which one suits your needs and riding style best, and focus your search accordingly. You may consider your total weight, shoe size, and terrain your looking to use the board on as a high importance. I just made a new blog post about this: www.chargedcanada.com/post/which-onewheel-is-best-for-you
Connect the Onewheel to your phone: Inquire about the mileage or usage history of the used Onewheel, as this can impact its overall condition and longevity. You may also consider checking the hardware version, a sort of date code that indicates when the Onewheel was manufactured. This information is important as it tells you how old the boards battery is.
Ask questions about the battery: The battery is a critical component of any electric vehicle. Ask the owner about the battery's health, long term storage, and if it's been properly maintained, as replacing a battery can be a costly endeavour. Remember, garage storage in Canada may be ok from spring to fall, but winter garage storage could leave second hand owners with lots of problems.
Test Ride: Whenever possible, take the used Onewheel for a test ride. Assess its performance, balance, and responsiveness. This hands-on experience can help you spot any issues that may not be immediately apparent in a listing. If the owner is un-willing to let you test ride the product, It's possible they are hiding something, or they are scared you could steal it from them. Discuss this concern with them. If you cant ride yet, ask the owner to!
Inspect for Damage: Examine the Onewheel for physical damage, such as dents, scratches, or cracks. Even minor cosmetic issues can sometimes hide underlying mechanical problems. Stack up your negotiating chips. Remember, Onewheel rails are made of aluminum and will scratch up very quickly. Keep this in mind when inspecting a Onewheel and realize the difference a set of plastic rail guards could make.
Inquire About Maintenance: Ask the seller about the Onewheel's maintenance history, including any repairs or part replacements.
Watch out for weird behaviours, error codes, or noises: Keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary on the Onewheel you are inspecting. If you've got a friend who Onewheels, bring them with you to inspect the Onewheel together! If something doesn't seem right, don't be afraid to walk away. Your ability to walk away is the most powerful negotiation took you have.
Negotiate a price: Don't be afraid to negotiate the price, especially if you find any issues during your inspection.
Buying a used Onewheel can be a scary process when you don't know what you're doing/dealing with. So take it slow, and do your research.
For a more detailed list of things to look out for - reach out to me:
(416) 523-8498 Mark Mooradian Owner/Operator Charged Canada
Hopefully I can help point you in the right direction.
Take care and good luck!