Mobility scooters keep seniors and disabled individuals mobile and independent. However, purchasing the equipment can be pretty nerve-wracking, given that you will find many scooters within your budget. The secret is to choose one that meets your current and future needs. So, what should you look for? Continue reading for insights.
Determine A Suitable Size
The underlying principle is that your mobility scooter should be comfortable. If it is not, you could suffer fatigue, numb joints or back pains. Visit a local dealer for a fitting, as this will help you determine the right mobility scooter size. Alternatively, you could use internet resources to establish which size is appropriate for your height and weight. When purchasing a kids scooter, consider a larger scooter since they will outgrow the small scooter in a few years.
Establish How You Will Use The Scooter
Scooters have varying features; hence it is wise to examine the scooter's use to know the features you need:
- If you will spend many hours on the scooter, it should have a large battery. Otherwise, you will have to bear the inconvenience of recharging the battery every few hours.
- The scooter should have a powerful motor if your daily routine involves tackling steep inclines.
- If you have a condition that requires you to carry an oxygen tank, your scooter must have an oxygen tank carrier. Similarly, a basket is a must-have if you will carry light luggage on the scooter.
- Your scooter should have a high ground clearance and off-road tires if you will use it on unpaved roads and off-road terrain.
Examine The Manufacturer's Standards
The manufacturing standards will help you determine the scooter's durability. For instance, what materials are used to make the scooter? Aluminium and steel are best suited since they can withstand consistent use and massive weights. However, steel frames are considerably heavier and could rust over time. Next, check the frame's structural integrity. For instance, are the components welded or bolted? If the manufacturer uses bolts, they must be heavy-duty. Finally, examine the ease of riding the scooter. For instance, does it have an adjustable seat? Are the controls within reach? These evaluations will help you purchase a durable scooter.
Be Cautious When Buying Used Equipment
You may opt for a used scooter if you cannot afford a new one. As a rule, you must ensure that the used scooter is a worthy bargain — you can buy one with a manufacturer's warranty. If this is not possible, ask a professional to conduct a pre-purchase inspection to ensure the scooter does not have defects that are costly to repair. Finally, pit sellers against each other to get a good deal.