Looking to buy a mobility scooter but unsure of what specifications or details to look for? Not everybody is able walk before they crawl and it is no different with buying a mobility scooter online. With the key factors I go over you will have a reliable mobility scooter buyers guide to help you properly shop online for the right mobility scooter best suitable for your needs. Below I have created a list of details and specifications to look for and follow when shopping for the best suitable handicap mobility scooter.
What Are You Using Your Mobility Scooter For?
If you plan on using your mobility scooter only indoors, you will want something that is not going to be very large so you can operate through tight doorways or hallways. Transportable Mobility Scooters are usually the best choice for strictly indoor use. Using your mobility scooter both indoors and outdoors while traveling? If that is the case, you will want something light and easy to fold up. Your best choices in this case would be either a Travel Mobility Scooter or a Folding Scooter. Light and simple to use, folding mobility scooters are durable for travel and storage purposes. If you plan on using your mobility scooter strictly outdoors on a standard terrain, then the best choice would be a Full Size Mobility Scooter. These scooters tend to last longer than travel or folding mobility scooters with some having the capability of going faster and holding a longer charge. Now if you’re someone who is a heavier or you’re looking to ride over rough terrain with ease Bariatric Mobility Scooters are the best choice. These mobility scooters hold more weight than any other scooters and they also pack more torque.
Height & Weight
Once you have narrowed down the type of mobility scooter you‘re looking for, you will want to compare mobility scooters based upon your weight and height. Depending on how tall you are and how much you weigh; having that information can and will help narrow down your selection based upon seat weight and height capacity. If you weigh more than the weight capacity, do not use that mobility scooter. You can damage or even possibly break it. To get the best performance out of your mobility scooter choose something that will have a weight capacity that is at least 50 lbs more than your weight. Remember the more you weigh or the bigger you are, the harder your mobility scooter will have to work, which will drain the batteries in a quicker amount of time.
Three Or Four Wheel Preference
Once you have narrowed down your selection based on your height and weight, you can narrow down the selection even more by choosing on preference of stability over maneuverability or maneuverability over stability to find the right and most appealing three wheel or four wheel model. Three Wheel Scooters tend to turn a lot easier around narrow and tighter spaces making them much better on maneuverability. With Four Wheel Scooters there is more stability and less of a chance of tipping. Overall a four wheel model normally provides a little more support.
Available Options & Accessories
Once you narrow down to models that you feel are the best mobility scooters, check for available options and accessories. There are plenty of mobility scooters that will have upgrades on seat sizes in case you need something a little wider to sit in. Battery options will allow a longer lasting life and put more power and mileage on the performance side of things. You will see there are many different batteries whether lead acid, deep cycle, or lithium that are available on numerious models. A word of caution to users who decide to purchase lithium batteries. If you plan to travel on a plane with your mobility scooter you must check to make sure whatever flight you decide to go on allows lithium batteries brought aboard. There are some airlines that will not allow lithium batteries on their aircrafts. Some mobility scooters come with other options such as buckles and buckle sizes, canopies, and even styles of seats with different adjustments. On the Accessory side of things you have plenty of options available for a majority of mobility scooters. Things such as cup holders, side arm bags, oxygen tank holders, cane or crutch holders are mostly universal, attaching to most all handicap mobility scooters. Some accessories will come with certain mobility scooters. When you find a mobility scooter that you like, check the page for accessories and options and you should be able to find out what is available or compatible for that particular model. If you don't see an option you are looking for, Contact Us. We can often times add on some customization depending on the brand or model.
Before You Purchase
Now that you have some knowledge to use and look for when shopping, make sure you’re shopping with a reliable source online. Make sure your source deals directly with the manufacturer. This way you know you will get a warranty and if for any reason you need any type of technical support your source can either speak with the manufacturer on your behalf or you can speak to them directly for assistance.
Now You're Ready To Shop
Now that you have read our mobility scooter buying guide, do you feel like you’re ready to shop? Hopefully this guide helps you in finding the right choice! If you have any further questions that come to mind contact contact us and we will provide any other information to help you shop online for the best mobility scooter to suit your needs. Our helpful and knowledgeable agents are available Monday-Saturday from 8AM-6PM at 800-682-9444. Call us to find the right mobility unit for your situation!