Why buy a Mobility scooter?
If you suffer from impaired mobility then buying a scooter can give you back your independence allowing you to shop and go visiting whenever you want to. There is a large choice of scooters so it is important before you decide to buy, to consider what you will want to use your scooter for and what you want it to do. That way you can buy one that will suit your life style and the budget you have available.
What types are available?
If you only want to make short trips on your scooter or you want solely to use it around the home then it may be best for you to look at a portable, folding one. You will also need to think about the width of your doors and whether you will be able to get the scooter through. This type of scooter is also best if you have limited storage space available. Their top speed is around four miles an hour and they come in three or four wheel versions. They are also easier to use and need much less space for turning.
A solid scooter which travels at up to four mph can be used for travelling over larger areas and they are more stable. They can only be used for travel on the pavement and not on the road. There are larger scooters available that have a top speed of eight mph and these can be used on the road and pavements. These models come fitted with full lights and indicators and need to be registered with the DVLA.
Where is the best place to buy from?
There are many registered dealers of mobility scooters who sell used scooters, on and off line, and in many cases these provide a guarantee with the scooters they sell. This gives you cover should anything go wrong and is something to consider when choosing where to buy your scooter from. By buying a second hand scooter there are some things that you can benefit from that you would not get by buying a new one.
Often buying a second hand scooter can save you money especially as many of them have already had a lot of accessories fitted or still have some of their original warranty left to run. It also often means that you can buy a higher quality one for the same price as a bottom of the range new one.