A mobility scooter can be a key component to helping people remain active and independent. If you’re thinking about getting a mobile scooter, there are some factors to consider to ensure you get the best one for your needs and lifestyle.
Top 10 Things to Look at When Buying a Mobility Scooter
1. Class. Depending on your activity level and where you’ll be using it, the class of scooter makes a difference. Class 2 scooters are smaller and lighter. They’re usually less expensive and are perfect for use on pavement and shopping areas at speeds up to 4mph. Class 3 mobile scooters are considered road class vehicles. They’re larger and heavier and can achieve speeds up to 8mph. They can be used on any roads except for motorways and dual carriageways, making them better suited to longer excursions.
2. Test it out. Before you buy a scooter, sit in it. Be sure you’re comfortable and can sit upright with sufficient legroom and easy access to controls.
3. Get a recommendation. Check resources you trust for information and talk with your healthcare providers, friends, neighbors, etc. to see which scooters they suggest. Although everyone’s needs are different, if someone points out something they really like, or dislike, that can help you hone in one things you want (or don’t want) in your scooter.
4. Transporting it. Class 2 scooters can’t be driven on the road, so you’ll need to put them in your car for longer trips. Be sure it’s light enough to lift and easy to disassemble and reassemble. Before you buy it, consider doing some trial runs with getting it in and out of your car.
5. Maximum capacity. Although smaller, lighter scooters have their advantages, they also have maximum weight limits. Be sure you take your own weight into consideration as failing to do so may cause the scooter to be unstable and may also void any warranty.
6. Where will you store it? The batteries need to be charged overnight, so ideally you’ll have a covered garage or shed with an electric outlet. Consider adding a ramp to make accessing the storage location easier.
7. Get professional suggestions. Mobility scooters are considered a medical device. Your occupational therapist or other caregivers may have suggestions for features to help make your scooter most suited to your lifestyle.
8. Choose your accessories wisely. As you may have noticed, the price range for mobility scooters is quite large. Consider which included features you really need. Some may not be worth the extra money.
9. Carefully select the supplier. If you’re buying new, be sure you’re purchasing your scooter from a trusted manufacturer or supplier that follows industry standards.
10. Check for warranties and service. New models should come with at least a one year warranty. Buying used can save you money, but be sure you consider the cost of any maintenance or down time if the scooter suffers a breakdown.