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Mobility Scooter Troubleshooting

Trouble Shooting Your Mobility Scooter

Here are some of the most common problems that can keep your mobility scooter from running. Most mobility scooters have a light that flashes and the scooter will beep to indicate a problem. Count the number of flashes or beeps to determine the problem.

Problem: Scooter power cuts off while using your scooter:
Solution: Check your breaker. It is a covered button that is in the front of the battery pack. Push it all the way in to reset the breaker. This may happen when going up a steep hill or in high grass. If you have a hill that you cannot get up with your scooter, you may need a more powerful model.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes once.
Solution: Batteries are very low. Charge batteries as soon as possible.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes twice.
Solution: Batteries are too low to operate your scooter. Charge batteries as soon as possible.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes 3 times.
Solution: Battery voltage is too high. This may happen if you turn on your scooter with the charger plugged in. Turn off your scooter. Disconnect your charger. Turn the scooter back on. If you still have this problem, you may have a charger or battery problem. Call your service provider.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes 4 times.
Solution: Scooter has timed out. This happens when the scooter is left turned on but not used for several minutes. Turn off your scooter and turn back on.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes 5 times and will not go. The power meter is on.
Solution: You have turned on the scooter while in neutral. Turn off your scooter. Move the drive/neutral lever to the drive position. Turn the scooter back on.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes 6 times and will not go. The power meter is on.
Solution: You are depressing the throttle when you turn the scooter on. Turn off your scooter. Make sure you are not pressing the throttle lever when you turn on your scooter. If you still have the problem, it is an indication that the throttle is not returning to the centre position when released. Call your service provider.

Problem: Scooter beeps or flashes 7 or more times. The scooter will not run.
Solution: You have an electronics problem. Call your service provider.

Problem: Lights come on. No beeps. Scooter doesn’t run.
Solution: You most likely have turned your scooter on with the charger connected. Turn off your scooter. Unplug the charger. Turn your scooter back on. If you still have the problem, call your service provider.

Problem: Scooter does not come on. No Power lights.
Solution: Make sure that your battery pack is seated securely on portable scooters. If you still have a problem, it is your batteries 90% of the time. Replace the batteries inside the pack.

Problem: Batteries will not last. You get less than a year on a set of batteries.
Solution: Scooter batteries need to be recharged after ANY use. Always recharge your scooter every day. The sooner you charge it after use, the longer your batteries will last. You can also get top line batteries from MK battery. You can replace the AGM type batteries with Gel batteries – which are the best. You will need a Gel charger to go with Gel batteries.

For More Help and Assistance Visit Discount Mobility Scooters or Telephone 01245 905144

Mobility scooters; some top tips for first time buyers.

If it’s your first time purchasing a Mobility Scooter for yourself or a loved one, it can be a daunting task. A mobility scooter will likely be a major element in maintaining independence, so it’s essential to make the right choice when buying one.

We urge you to purchase a scooter from a showroom. The staff will be experts in mobility, and will know each model for sale in detail. It can be tempting to purchase a cheap scooter online, but you won’t receive the expert advice, peace of mind, and may even end up driving away with an absolute disaster.
Before you get buying, there are a few main things you’ll have to consider;
•    Your budget- a good-quality scooter will cost somewhere between a few hundred and a thousand pounds. As tempting as it may be, never purchase a ‘bargain’ scooter from an online site such as EBay; there’s likely to be a reason as to why it’s so cheap.

•    Your body weight and size- one of the many reasons why it’s best to test drive a scooter before you purchase it. Many smaller, lighter, and more portable options will have a fairly low weight capacity (think 15-20 stone). If you’re too heavy for your scooter, it’s very likely that it will become unstable. It’s also worth bearing in mind that purchasing a scooter with a recommended weight capacity of lower than your actual weight will invalidate the warranty on the scooter.

•    The types of journeys you’re likely to make- mobility scooters tend to be one of three types; Class 2, Class 3, or a boot scooter. Class 2 scooters are much more suited for shorter journeys, whilst Class 3 scooters are much hardier, and can also be used on the road. Boot scooters are the most portable of the three, and will most likely be fold-able.  If you’re only planning on using your scooter for regular, short journeys (visiting the shops, for example), a Class 2 scooter will be the most suitable for you. If you live in a hilly area, or if you plan to make much longer journeys, a Class 3 will suit you best. If you’re being accompanied on a day out by friends or family who drive, a boot scooter may be best.

•    Storage- portable scooters, and some smaller models, can be dismantled or folded, and will be ideal for those with a smaller living space. However, folding/dismantling the scooter after each use can prove to be inconvenient. Larger scooters will obviously require more room- ensure you have somewhere dry and secure like a garage or shed if you don’t have room in your home. For a much more convenient option, the battery of some scooters can be removed for charging. Don’t forget to take into account the width of the doors in your home or if you need to install ramps anywhere- many larger models may not fit through a regular-sized door when brought inside, and ramps are essential for storing your scooter with as little fuss as possible.
Always try your utmost to give the scooter of your choice a test drive before purchasing, or at least view it in person first- a seemingly-perfect looking scooter could be an absolute nightmare to drive.
Wherever you choose to purchase your scooter from, there’ll be a mobility expert on hand. They’ll help you learn how to drive your vehicle, will advise you on any maintenance the scooter may require, and may even accompany you on several trips to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable.
For more information and advice on purchasing your first Mobility Scooter, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.

Benefits of buying a new mobility scooter on finance

If you’re not in a position to buy a mobility scooter outright, why not consider spreading the cost via an attractive and flexible finance plan? At Discount Mobility, we can provide you with a tailored solution to help you get around when you need to and enjoy the freedom and independence you require. We offer all sorts of mobility products, including mobility scooters, personal car aids and wheelchairs to make mobility easier and boost your quality of life.

There are many good reasons for buying a mobility scooter on finance. Finance packages can help make paying for your scooter a much more manageable process, with simple, small regular payments meaning you don’t need to make a big dent into your bank account to get the flexibility and mobility you need. We are able to help people who require the use of a mobility scooter on a regular or temporary basis, so whether you are living with a disability, are recovering from surgery or need a scooter for any other reason, we can help.

We offer a range of finance-based solutions on all orders over £250. Our relationships with 4 Minute Finance, Pay 4 Later and Close Brothers Ltd make all this possible. You’ll get a fourteen day cool-down period during which you can cancel if you’re not satisfied, though the vast majority of our customers are more than happy to retain ownership of their vehicles. At Discount Mobility, we’re proud to be able to help our customers get around for less. You’re welcome to contact us at any point if you have any queries about how our finance packages work, or if you have any questions about the mobility scooter in question. We are happy to talk to you in depth about your circumstances so you can pick the solution that’s right for you and your pocket.

Talk to us today if you’re interested in buying a mobility scooter on finance. We want to help you boost your independence and quality of life. You can get ‘Online Finance Approval in 4 Minutes’, which means you don’t have to wait around to find out where you stand. Order today, pay a small deposit and you’ll be able to pay the rest over 12, 24, 36 or 48 months. We’re confident you won’t find better finance deals for mobility scooters online, and what’s more is that insurance and delivery is free when you buy online.

Buying a new road mobility scooter

Do you need help with buying road mobility scooters? At Discount Mobility, we can cater for you no matter what your needs are thanks to our exceptional, diverse range of first-class mobility scooters. We offer a vast amount of 6-8mph road mobility scooters, so why not get in touch with us today if you need to travel long distances or require something that will be suitable for rugged surfaces? We can discuss your needs and requirements in depth so you can easily identify the right scooter for your needs.

Kymco Road Mobility Scooter

The Kymco Super 8 Road Mobility Scooter is a very compact 8 mph road mobility scooter

6-8mph scooters can be driven on roads as long as they have indicators, headlights, rear view mirrors, brakes, horns and rear reflectors. They are known as Class 3 Road Mobility Scooters. These scooters are usually larger than 4mph scooters. You can travel over longer distances with these scooters and go over more challenging ground. They are slightly more difficult to manoeuvre in tight spaces but could give you the freedom and independence you need to travel further afield.

The Roma Shoprider Perrero scooters are amongst the most popular vehicles in our catalogue. It is ideal for anyone seeking a compact road mobility scooter and various features. It can reach speeds of 6mph and can go through most standard shop doorways easily. It has a height-adjustable captain’s seat which slides backwards and forwards, enabling you to enjoy maximum legroom and the best seating position possible. You can get on and off the scooter with ease thanks to the seat’s swivelling function. As always, if you have any queries about this vehicle, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Also popular is the Pride Mobility Colt Deluxe 6mph mobility scooter. This mid-range scooter sits harmoniously between our exceptional range of Pride 4 scooters and the more powerful 8mph scooters in our catalogue. You can travel for up to 20mph on a single charge on this scooter, which shares many of the features found with bigger scooters whilst offering compact dimensions. The scooter can be dismantled with ease, whilst a smooth and comfortable journey is always possible thanks to the suspension and fully-adjustable captain’s seat.

Remember, all our road mobility scooters come with batteries and a charger alongside free delivery and a 12 month parts and labour warranty and three months of free insurance. At Discount Mobility, we’re passionate about providing our valued customers with first-class mobility aid products. We offer some of the best prices on the market and welcome you to get in touch whenever you have any questions about the products in our catalogue, whether you’re looking for a mobility scooter, rise and recline chair, practical walking aid or wheelchair. Why wait any longer to drop us a line today to learn more about the products on offer at Discount Mobility?

New Vs Used Mobility Scooters

Many elderly and disabled people consider buying a mobility scooter to restore their mobility and independence often consider purchasing a used mobility scooter to save money. Auctions sites, such as EBay, offer what seem to be good deals on power wheel chairs and mobility scooters. The rule for buying merchandise off of EBay and similar web sites is “caveat emptor”. Caveat Emptor is a Latin phrase that means “let the buyer beware”.

Even the new mobility scooters that are sold on EBay can suffer from poor quality, especially if the product is not made by a known reliable manufacturer. Many new low priced mobility scooters sold on online auction sites are mass produced in China where the labour costs are low and are sold under similar pretence brand names and badges (The seller’s own company name and model). The concern of these mobility scooter manufacturers is quantity rather than quantity. The best strategy for buying a reliable new mobility scooter is to purchase only brand names that you recognize that are known to be of consistent quality.

Buying any used product involves certain inherent risks. Anyone who has bought a used car knows this rule, as dealers are known to not tell a buyer about mechanical faults in the vehicles they sell. The private deals under which used mobility scooters are purchased may not suffer from this sort of dishonest behaviour, but the scooters former owner who does not need the product or never needed the mobility scooter in the first place are not professional mechanics in most cases. The batteries of used mobility scooters may be worn down, and brake problems often develop after prolonged use. Buying a new battery or having someone available to fix the brakes of a used mobility scooter may be a solution, but it is often more trouble than it is worth. The seat likely has also conformed to the body contours of the scooter’s previous owner.

Buying a new mobility scooter made by a recognised manufacturer ensures that mechanical faults are not present, and if faults are present, a manufacturer’s warranty covers the cost or repairs or replacement parts. In extreme cases where the vehicle is beyond repair, provision may be made for a new scooter to be sent to the buyer.

You can save money buying a used mobility scooter if you shop around carefully but be prepared to spend out on any hidden faults that will emerge once you are the new owner. Considering that it is often a medical necessity for the user to buy one, it is better to buy a brand new mobility scooter to avoid many of the pitfalls and frustrations that come with buying a used product. Manufacturer warranties change the buyer’s guideline from “caveat emptor” to “caveat vendor”. The latter Latin phrase simply means let the seller beware. Which is just a fancy way of saying sellers make mechanical faults in the mobility scooter the responsibility of the scooter manufacturer.

 

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Ways to Make Life Easier With a Mobility Scooter

Mobility Scooter

Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter can be a lifesaver if injury, illness, or advanced age prevents someone from getting around as well as they once did. Injuries and often inevitable conditions can cause frustration and a decreased quality of life, too. However, the gift of staying mobile allows people to continue to live life to the fullest, even when faced with obstacles.

A Mobility Scooter Keeps People Safer

Whenever people experience a loss of certain skills that they had begun to take for granted, accidents can result. Activities such as walking can quickly become dangerous for someone who has poor balance, limited endurance or weakened muscles. Furthermore, people who have only recently become less mobile sometimes try to take on more than they can truly handle because they have not fully adapted to their current condition. A mobility scooter enables people to move freely about their environment and stay safe, too. Most models have a variety of speed settings, so that users can make necessary alterations depending on if they are in an open space, or somewhere that is significantly more crowded.

Frequent tasks such as shopping become easier, as well. Many shops have items scattered across extremely large spaces, or even multiple storeys. Therefore, it may take a considerable amount of time for someone to get everything on a shopping list if they are traveling on foot. Furthermore, unexpected challenges such as display tables, over-sized shelves or a combination of hard and carpeted surfaces can make things even more difficult to manage. However, most mobility scooter models have a compact build that’s easy to take on the go and navigate through busy shopping areas. Some designs even have a helpful basket on the front to hold essential items.

A Mobility Scooter Promotes Healing, Too

People who have been injured are often under physician’s orders to stay off of their feet to give their body the rest that it needs to heal properly. For people who had previously been living a very vigorous lifestyle, this can seem very limiting, even if the period of rest is only for a few weeks. When the body is already coping with a new injury, it becomes much easier for people to push themselves too hard, but not realise what happened until it’s too late. However, a mobility scooter allows people to stay active without worrying about over exerting themselves.

Try a mobility scooter and see how these convenient vehicles cater to users’ needs and promote robust independence at any stage of life.

All you need to know about Mobility Scooters.

There are around 330,000 users in the UK for whom mobility scooters provide a lifeline to the outside world giving them their freedom and independence. With models ranging from the 4mph class 2 up to the 8mph class 3, these machines can be difficult to manoeuvre and so accidents do happen.
Here is a list of things you need to know when using a mobility scooter on the road.
Mobility Scooters that can be used on the road are known as a Class 3 ‘invalid carriage’.
• On the road scooters can travel at a maximum speed of 8mph.
• If used on footpaths, the maximum speed is 4mph.
• A class 3 vehicle must be registered with the DVLA.
• For a class 3 vehicle you need to have a tax disc, but this is free of charge.
• You have to be at least 14 years old to drive a Class 3 mobility scooter.
• If you are using the road, follow the rules that other road users follow. This means road signs and traffic lights. Use your mobility scooter’s lights, indicators, and horn.
• Take other road users and pedestrians into account.
• Never drive your mobility scooter on the motorway.
• Insurance is not required for mobility scooters, but it is recommended.
• You do not need to pass a driving test to use a mobility scooter on the road or pavement.
• Keep your scooter roadworthy and well maintained.
• If you have a Class 3 mobility scooter, use the pavement if possible.
• If you are using the pavement, follow the rules that other pedestrians follow (or should follow).
• Pedestrians have priority. Remember not all pedestrians will see you. People with a sight or hearing impairment or other elderly or disabled people might not be aware you are there, and they may not move out of your way.

If you want more information on the specific models of mobility scooters we at Discount Mobility can offer, you will find a selection in our shop site www.discount-mobility.co.uk or you can phone us on 01245 905144 and talk to us about your needs.

Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter can be a life-changing purchase that helps a person gain more mobility and independence. Not all mobility scooters are the same, of course, so it’s advantageous to do a bit of research on a variety of features and options so that you can make an informed decision before investing in a new scooter. Here are some considerations that will help you make the right choice:

Weight / Size:
Some scooters are built for larger people. Some are adjustable. Keep the size/weight requirements in mind when making a decision about which scooter meets your needs so that you can ensure it will be a comfortable ride. There are scooters with basic seating for short rides and those with more support and stability for people who need it and / or for people who will spend more time in their scooter.

Terrain:
Some scooters are designed for outdoor use and some are built for the pavement but don’t operate as well on rougher terrain. Some are better suited for indoors. When making your choice, pay attention to these specifications so that you can match them to the type of usage you anticipate.

Power & Control:
Mobility scooters are most often powered by battery. Knowing how long it takes the scooter to charge and knowing how long the charge will hold should be considered as well as the types of batteries it takes (as well as expense incurred if batteries don’t have a long lifespan). Controls are another consideration. You’ll see varying control options available and will want controls within easy reach. Your mobility limitations may directly impact which types of controls are preferable to you.

Storage:
Will you be using the mobility scooter to do shopping and /or will you need to carry special medical items, such as oxygen equipment? Some mobility scooters only have a small storage basket whereas others are built to carry items. The same goes for storing your scooter. There are larger models and smaller versions available. Because you’ll have to store it on your property you’ll want to keep size in mind, particularly if you don’t have a lot of room.

Traveling:
Will you be transporting your scooter in a car or van on a frequent basis? If so, you may want to look at a travel scooter that’s easily folded and transported in a car boot. Some models are heavier and take up far more room than travel scooters.

Warranty:
Warranty period will vary, depending on the scooter you choose. Keep warranty in mind when making a choice about which scooter is right for you. Some models have an excellent warranty overall but don’t include certain things like lights, upholstery, etc.

Cost:
Costs are obviously a concern and there is a large gap between the most expensive mobility scooters and the cheapest mobility scooters. Some scooter companies offer financing (at varying interest rates). Some people find that their medical insurance pays for certain scooters but not others. Before choosing on price alone look at product reviews of scooters, too, to increase the chances that you will find good value for your money.

Accessorising Your Mobility Scooter

When people purchase mobility scooters, they usually find they are generally pretty basic. Unless you can afford to pay for a deluxe model, you get the no-frills and even boring version. The bikes a manufacturer is intent on producing are functional, practical and safety conscious. They are not intended to make a statement.

Yet, this is not a problem. In fact, if you start out with the basics, you can personalise it as you go along. The other mobility scooters on the block will have nothing on your hot wheels. The accessories can range from simple cup holders to tote bags and flags.

Cup Holders
Most cars have cup holders. They exist for people to put in their cups of tea, bottles of water and cans of pop. There is no reason why mobility scooters cannot have one. They are inexpensive and readily available. Adding one to your wheels means you can share coffee or tea with friends.

Backpacks, Tote Bags and Baskets
Whether you are heading off to the library or going shopping, you need something to carry anything and everything you purchase. A scooter tote bag attached to the front or back is the perfect solution. It may come in the form of a backpack or resemble a basket. Colours can vary to suit your personality.

In many cases, the scooter already has a metal basket. If you have had the scooter for a while, it may be worn out. It could also simply lack any sense of style. Some of these baskets are just simply unattractive. You can change this by purchasing a new one or covering it with a tasteful and fashionably coloured liner.

Backpacks, tote bags and baskets are available in a wide variety of colours and sizes. You can find one perfect for your needs and tastes. You can stash away your cell phone safely or stow away your groceries without problems when you add these devices to old or new mobility scooters.

Waving the Flag
Do you want to brighten up your mobility scooter but do not want to paint it? One way to do so is to purchase flags. Flags add colour to mobility scooters. They also increase visibility. It is easier to see a scooter coming if a tall flag is attached to its rear. These safety flags are perfect for identifying the presence of a mobility scooter.

The flags can vary according to the taste of the individual. As a result, a flag:
• Is a safety device, increasing visibility on sidewalks, on the road, in parking lots and when crossing
• Adds a flash of colour which also helps with visibility but is also indicative of individuality
• Personalises the scooter making it truly a reflection of its owner
Mobility scooters serve a purpose. It does not mean, however, they have to be mundane in appearance. You can personalise your scooter through accessories. In doing so, you make them safer, more user friendly and an expression of your character.

Mobility scooters – Making life easier

Normally, when we consider mobility scooters, you associate them to the disabled and the older people. You can be blamed as till recently, these scooters were mainly used by those who cannot move their lower limbs and move on their own due to some disability or old age. However, today you can find them being used by others too for ease in moving about in larger areas like golf courses and shopping malls.

Mobility scooters are devices that have a seating with mechanisms to control its movements with minimum efforts. They are usually controlled by a steering or switches that make their use quite easy even for those who find it difficult to use wheel chairs. Mobility scooters are usually powered by gasoline or electricity. Electric mobility scooters are slightly more expensive than those that move on gasoline. They need to be recharged often and are more suitable for interior use.

Mobility scooters for disabled

There was a time when wheelchairs or crutches were the only means for the disabled to move about. And even for that most people had to get help from others, which limited their mobility to a considerable extent. Today, however, things are different and there are different products in the market that are useful aids for those who find it difficult to move without external help. Mobility scooters are one of the main products among them that have become a boon for those who cannot move about easily with wheel chairs. These are ideal for those who had a recent surgery and are advised rest by their doctors, for those who are paralysed from waist downwards and for those who cannot move due to old age.

Mobility scooters for others

Usually we find ourselves too tired after hours of shopping and find it difficult to move about in the shopping mall where we have been doing the shopping. And today most malls, parks and walking grounds are too large that it might take huge efforts to cover the whole area by foot. In such areas mobility scooters can be a great support for they can take you right from the floor where you are to your car in the parking area. Same goes for the golfers who practice for the whole day and who, by the time it is over, cannot even take another step.

Most mobility scooters are expensive as you can imagine. However, scooters that are powered by gasoline are cheaper and more common. And with online stores it is quite easy nowadays to make comparisons in the functionalities and cost of different scooters and reach to a conclusion.  In other words, whether you are buying for yourself, your business or for family, mobile scooters can be purchased easily and comfortably for all purposes.