Top 10 Tips for Buying a Mobility Scooter
07 Jan 2015
If you’re considering buying a Mobility Scooter have a look at our top tips to help you with this all important purchase.
- Think about storage. Do you have a big enough space near a plug socket so it can charge? Is it secure? Scooter storage sheds are available to buy if you have the outdoor space.
- Decide what Class scooter you require. If you will mainly be making short local journeys on the pavements or want to take your scooter in the car or on public transport a portable Class 2 may be the best option. If you want something larger with the option of driving on the roads then you will need a Class 3 scooter. Click here for Mobility Scooter legal requirements: https://www.gov.uk/mobility-scooters-and-powered-wheelchairs-rules
- Take into account your personal needs. You may need extra legroom or a specific kind of seat. Pay attention to the weight restrictions. If you suffer with your back you may want to make sure the suspension is good.
- Consider how many wheels you’d like and what type. Scooters with 3 wheels may be easier to handle, especially in smaller spaces, whilst some people prefer the extra stability of 4 wheels. Solid tyres or pneumatic? Pneumatic tyres will offer more suspension, giving a smoother ride but as with any air filled tyres, are at risk of puncture.
- Think about where you’ll be using the Scooter. If indoors, check the measurements against the size of the doors. When outside, will it mainly be pavements or do you need something for all terrains?
- How far do you want to go? Check the range of the scooter covers any distances you regularly want to travel. Be aware that many factors can affect your scooters range including hills, your weight and the age of the battery.
- Shop around and try before you buy. Try different styles so you can find one you are happy with. A Mobility Centre or Disabled Living Centre will be able to offer guidance and sometimes training. Hire your preferred model or a similar version from your local Shopmobility for a day before you commit to buying. Prices can vary hugely from place to place so look around for the best deal.
- Ask questions. Once you’ve made your choice have a list of questions ready for your chosen retailer/supplier e.g. How long for delivery? Will it come assembled? Is there a guarantee/warranty? How do I arrange repairs and are spare parts easy to get hold of?
- Practice in a safe area. Make sure you have had enough practice and feel confident on your scooter before you go out alone.
- Insurance. Although not a legal requirement, mobility scooter insurance is highly recommended. Our policies start from only £59 and cover includes theft, accidental damage and public liability. We also offer Breakdown cover which includes, flat batteries and punctures for complete peace of mind when you’re out and about.