Shopping for a mobility scooter can be exciting, yet daunting at the same time. Similar to looking for a car there is a huge variety of makes, models and sizes available. And while you can look forward to the freedom of being mobile, it is important to focus on buying a mobility scooter that suits your lifestyle, functionality, size and budget.
Have a look at the top 7 factors you should consider when shopping for a mobility scooter.
Consider Your Needs Before Purchasing
1. Think about storage.
Where will you transport your scooter? Maybe in the boot of your car? What about storage? Where will it be kept at home? A compact fold up mobility scooter will be best suited when taking this into account.
2. Where will you be using the scooter?
If you need a scooter to move around the house then a 3-wheel mobility scooter will be ideal as they have the smallest turning radius. A compact travel scooter may work best for running errands and zipping about. However, if you are planning on cavorting through parks or travelling long distances then you will need the stability and comfort of a heavy-duty scooter.
3. Take into account your personal needs.
If you have limitations using your hands you will want to pay particular attention to the controls. Power wheelchairs operate with a joystick mounted on the armrest, which can be manoeuvred with one hand. Different designs suit different people, so decide what will work for you.
4. The weight watching factor.
It is important to choose a scooter suitable for your weight and build, as this can affect stability, especially when turning. Including your weight, you should also consider the weight of the items you are likely going to carry, such as shopping bags or pets.
5. How far do you want to go?
Check the range that the scooter is able to cover and consider the distance you regularly want to travel. There are a few things that can affect a scooter’s range, this includes hills, your weight as well as the age of the battery. Also, check how long it takes to fully charge the battery.
6. Your level of comfort.
There are quite a few things to enquire about with this factor, but also dependant on your personal preference.
- Does the chair offer enough cushion?
- Can the seat swivel or is it stationery?
- Is the chair adjustable up or down?
- Is there enough room for your legs to rest comfortably? - Remember if you are tall, you will want lots of legroom, to prevent cramping up.
7. Do you have a need for speed?
The average speed of a mobility scooter is around 6kph, however, speeds can vary from 6kph up to about 24kph, that is a huge difference! So it is imperative that you find the right one for you. One which you will feel comfortable driving without being overwhelmed.
Find The Best Mobility Scooter For Your Lifestyle
It is important to try out a mobility scooter before you buy one. Browse our range of mobility scooters online or visit any of our showrooms around South Africa.
SA Scootershop has branches in Cape Town, Durban and Benoni, where you can check out the various models or simply book a test drive.
But, take your time and try as many models as you can, it won’t be long before you find your perfect ride. Good luck!