Thinking about a power scooter? Shopping for a mobility scooter is a lot like looking for a car — there’s a huge variety of makes, models and sizes available.
Here are five things you need to think about before buying a mobility scooter:
Where will you use your scooter?
The environment where you’ll be using your scooter is an important factor to consider. Smaller, 3-wheel scooters have a small turning radius and short wheelbase, making them easy to maneuver in narrow hallways and tight indoor spaces.
Larger, 4-wheel scooters take up more space and can be more difficult to turn than 3-wheel models, but they also are more stable on uneven outdoor surfaces. Scooters designed for outdoor use can usually go faster and operate for extended periods as well thanks to the large batteries used on these models.
How much do you weigh?
Every power scooter has a safe user weight limit, so be sure to know your current weight before you buy a scooter. Even the smallest mobility scooters are designed for adults up to 250 lbs and capacities go up to 500 lbs. on many of the heavy-duty models. Exceeding the recommended user weight not only dramatically reduces the range of the scooter, but it can cause damage that won’t be covered under the warranty.
Will you be transporting your power scooter?
While most mobility scooters can be disassembled, larger models can include big, heavy pieces that are difficult to lift and load into the trunk of a car.
If you’re planning on taking your scooter with you in a vehicle, look for one that is designed for quick and easy disassembly and re-assembly. Alternatively, you may want to look at an interior or exterior car lift that allows you to transport any size of scooter with ease.
What type of seat do you prefer?
Scooter seats come in a wide variety of sizes and styles from simple, stadium-style folding seats right up to premium captain’s seats complete with armrests, a headrest and plenty of padding.
Users who plan to remain on their scooter for an extended period of time may find that a large, high-back chair delivers the most comfortable ride, while users who plan on getting on and off their scooter frequently may prefer the smaller size of a compact, fold-down seat.
Do you need a basket, canopy or scooter cover?
Many scooters can be customized with handy accessories such as cup holders, front and rear baskets, and sun shades. Be sure to think about what type of scooter accessories you may want to use, and look for models that are designed to accept add-on features. Canopies help keep that hot Arizona sun off of you, are easy to install and Valley Medical Supplies will install one for you! A scooter cover keeps your investment clean and protected from dust, sun and rain.
Contact Our Valley Medical Supplies Experts Today
Need help choosing your perfect mobility scooter? Contact our friendly, knowledgeable mobility experts here at Valley Medical Supplies where we stock a wide variety of power mobility products from top brands including Pride, Golden and Merits.