Mobility scooters are a great resource to elders, who may be experiencing trouble with their mobility. However, buying one can be a quite costly affair. There are also some different things to consider before purchasing one.
The main purpose of acquiring a mobility scooter is to retake one’s freedom become more mobile as well as have a better quality of life.
1. Wheels – How many wheels should it have?
The first thing you should consider when purchasing a mobility scooter is the wheels. Most mobility scooters come with either 2, 3 or 4 wheels.
A 4-wheeled mobility scooter has more stability to it. A 3-wheeled mobility scooter has higher maneuverability than 3 or 4 wheelers. However, a 2-wheeled mobility scooter has more mobility and can go faster than the other models. But how many wheels does your mobility scooter then need to have?
The number of wheels on your mobility scooter is dependent upon the use as well as individual preference and liking. Generally speaking, 4-wheelers are more stable. They are also better at dealing with different terrains and surfaces.
2. Weight – How much does the mobility scooter weigh?
The weight of mobility scooters is dependent on the number of wheels. They range in weight from anything between app. 50 pounds to 400.
Another aspect to this is your own weight. You should always check the maximum capacity of the mobility scooter. The scooter may become unstable if whatever weight is on it is too heavy.
3. Storage – Where should you store the mobility scooter?
Mobility scooters are electrical devices. As such, they need their batteries charged on a daily basis. Because you need to recharge the batteries overnight, a good idea would be to park your scooter in a garage or a shed.
The most important is that you’re able to plug your scooter into an outlet. In some cases, it’s also a good idea to have a ramp or steps to allow your scooter easy access to whatever room you put it in.
4. Transportation of the mobility scooter
Sometimes you need to be able to take your mobility scooter with you if you’re going to different places. In this case, it’s always a good idea to check the mobility of the scooter before you purchase it.
Often, more than not, you will probably want to transport your mobility scooter by car. Some scooters can be folded or dismantled. However, it’s important to remember that the different parts are still quite heavy on their own.
A good tip would be to dismantle the scooter before purchase, to make sure it’s not to heavy for you to lift. This way you can also experiment with different packing technics of fitting the scooter into the car.
5. Extras – different accessories to purchase alongside the mobility scooter
Plastic cover – If your mobility scooter will be standing outside, it’s a very good idea to have a plastic cover to keep it dry and protected. It can also be a good idea to get the plastic cover even if it’s going to be parked inside a shed or garage. Just in case of damp or leaks.
Ramp – Having a ramp makes it easier to transport the scooter up and down different places.
Front Basket or Rear Basket – If you are going to be using the scooter for shopping, a basket comes in handy since you can just put your purchases in that.
Saddlebag – This could be a good alternative to the baskets.
Safety package including lights, horn, turn signals, side mirrors – All of these will provide you with more safety out in traffic.
Cane, crutch or walker holder – If you have either of these it’s a great idea to have a holder, so you don’t have to worry about the cane, crutch or walker falling off.
Additional battery – It’s always a good idea to have an extra battery, just in any case. Generally, there are three types of batteries that can be used for mobility scooters. These are Lead Acid (wet cell), AGM (absorbed glass mat) also know as sealed lead acid batteries, and gel cell batteries.
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What about Warranty?
Because mobility scooters come in a variety of price ranges, they also vary a great deal in accessories. Down below you’ll be able to read a list of the different extra’s you should consider getting with your mobility scooter.
If you buy a new mobility scooter, it will come with a warranty of at least 1 year. However, if you buy a second-hand scooter, remember to factor in the cost of maintaining and servicing, as well as extras such as insurance and breakdown cover.
In some cases your insurance may be willing to cover some of the cost of the mobility scooter, so make sure you check that out beforehand.
What mobility scooter should you then buy?
Hopefully, all of the above points will help making it easier for you to know what to look for when shopping for a mobility scooter.
To make it even more manageable, for you to decide, we’ve also made a list of our top 3 favorite mobility scooters down below.
Our top 3 favorite mobility scooters
1. The Shopride Sunrunner
The Shopride Sunrunner mobility scooter is one of our favorites. It provides you with comfort and is a good choice for both indoor and outdoor activities. It has a top speed at 5 mph and a 25-mile range.
2. The BUZZAROUND EX
The BUZZAROUND EX mobility scooter is the last of our favorites. It is ideal for everyday use and provides you with a smooth ride, no matter where you go. It has a top speed at 5 mph and an 18-mile range.
3. The Pride Mobility Go-Go Traveler
The Pride Mobility Go-Go Traveler mobility scooter is another one of our favorites. It has an ergonomic design, which provides you with extra comfort. It has a top speed at almost 5 mph and a 14-mile range.