What to consider when buying a Mobility Scooter or Power Chair
Before you look for a scooter it’s a good idea to consider this first…
- Where and how are you intending to use one?
- What types of surfaces does it need to be able to be used on?
- What is your budget for a Mobility Scooter?
- Does it need to be put in and out of a car?
- Is weight and issue for ease of lifting it in and out of a vehicle?
- What sort of battery life will you likely need?
- What features will suit you best?
Once you know the answers to these questions, you are ready to look for a new mobility scooter
TYPES OF MOBILITY SCOOTERS
Lightweight Portable Scooters
Portable Scooters, are popular with many people. Their compact size and ease for transport make them a popular choice. These scooters can be dismantled quickly without use of any tools.
They can only be used on flat surfaces and usually have a maximum speed of 4mph, making them safe to handle and control. This type of scooter is best suited for those who make shorter journeys, as they have smaller battery capacity and a shorter range. They are usually charged more often than larger models.
Mid size Scooters
These scooters are larger than portable scooters and are more robust in design and function. They have larger batteries so they can travel further between charges. Mid size Scooters tend to be more comfortable and more storage space. Some mid-sized mobility scooters may be dismantled for transport by car. These Scooter are also faster than most portable scooters and may be suitable for limited or short range road use.
Road scooters are for people who want to use their scooter for longer journeys, on more rugged terrain. They are larger and more powerful than other scooters as they can reach higher speeds. They have lager wheels and typically have better suspension and brakes. This makes them heavy and less suitable for portability by car and also more expensive. They are ideal if living on a property or where you need to travel long distances. Great for getting out and about and visiting parks.
PROS & CONS
- What to look for in the company you buy the scooter from
• How long have they been in business? Many businesses pop up offering Mobility scooters, only to vanish before you have need to claim against the warranty of worse. So, its always best to go with someone that’s been in business for a long time.
• What do their customers think of them? Have a look at their customer feedback, did they write it themselves or is it genuine and recent. Check they have at least 30 or more positive reviews.
• Compare apples with apples. The old saying, “you get what you pay for” is a very costly lesson when buying a cheap, but poor quality Mobility Scooter. Remember, you may not be paying for a car or rego anymore so its worthwhile thinking comparatively in seeking new freedom of independence that a Mobility Scooter may provide.
• How long is the warranty? Longer is always better. Can we buy an extended warranty? This may be an option that suits most best.
• What are the servicing options, costs?