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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.