Points for Consideration when Purchasing a Mobility Scooter
Things to ask about and consider when purchasing a Mobility Scooter...
- Does the seat offer enough cushion?
- Make sure your chair is comfortable!
- Does the seat rotate easily from side to side or is it stationary?
- This can be a very valuable aspect in getting in and out of the scooter.
- Is the seat adjustable up and down?
- Also consider how easy it is to make these adjustments. This oftentimes requires lifting the entire seat off the unit. You may also require tools to make the adjustment.
- Is there enough room for your legs to rest comfortably?
- Legroom is very important. Sometimes there are minor differences between 3-wheel and 4-wheel scooters. 3-wheel may offer a bit more legroom because you do not have 2 front wheels as obstructions.
- How long does it take for the battery to charge fully?
- The response to this should typically be around 8 hours for a full charge. It is important that you use the charger associated with your particular battery. If not, you may overcharge or undercharge the battery, which will ultimately degrade its usable life.
- How far can you travel before the battery needs to be recharged?
- Always ask this question, and always ask if there is a battery upgrade option. You may wish to have a battery with a larger capacity based on how you intend to use the scooter.
- How fast can the scooter go?
- Most scooters can reach a max speed of between 4-6 mph depending on the size and weight of the driver. Of course, there are some larger scooters that go faster, but just be careful Speed Racer!
- What is the maximum weight a scooter can hold?
- Obviously very important to know the maximum weight capacity. Please also note that the size of the driver can impact battery life as well.
- Is it easy to transport the scooter (can it easily be taken apart or folded)?
- Key question to know. Please make sure that the driver or a companion can disassemble (and reassemble!) the scooter.
- What is the maximum weight of a single part that the owner would need to lift during transport?
- This is an important metric because individual disassembled pieces can also get up to 35 lbs.
- Who will service the scooter if there is a problem?
- Make sure you understand the warranty, and register your warranty! When making your decision on where to purchase your scooter, you should investigate their servicing capabilities. Many places focus on solely selling mobility scooters, and may not have experienced technicians to help with service.
- What terrain does it drive on?
- Some mobility scooters are only suitable for indoor use, while others can only be driven on sidewalks, and still others can be driven on roads.
- How easy is it to turn?
- Three-wheeled models have a much smaller turning radius, and consequently more easy to maneuver.
- Does it have good safety features?
- The three most important safety features to look for are non-tip wheels, an easy to use brake, and an easy to use single hand controller.
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