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What To Consider When Looking For A Mobility Scooter

If you are looking for a mobility scooter the many different options may seem a little overwhelming. Our team of professionals understand that the choice may seem a little daunting especially if you are searching for your first mobility scooter, which is why we strive to make the experience as worry-free as possible. Here are a few things to consider when looking for a mobility scooter.

1. Batteries

How far will you need to travel on your mobility scooter? It is best to check how many miles you will be covering on a single journey. Will your batteries last long enough to get you everywhere you need? Factors such as the age of the batteries can affect the range of the scooter.

2. What Class You Need

There are generally three classes of mobility scooters, class 1, class 2 and class 3. Class 1 are invalid carriages without a motor so both self-propelled and transit wheelchairs will fall under this category.

Class 2 mobility scooters tend to be smaller more lightweight scooters. This class is strictly pavement scooters and has a maximum speed of 4mph. If you are planning to transport your scooter a lot, a class 2 scooter may be the most practical option for you as it can break down into smaller parts to easily fit into a car or van. Due to their smaller frames class 2 mobility scooters can be easier to maneuver.

Class 3 vehicles are the largest and heaviest category. They can be driven both on the road and on the pavement with a top speed of 8mph. If you tend to go on longer journeys a class 3 vehicle may be the best option for you.

3. Comfort

How long will you be traveling on your mobility scooter, it is important that you choose a mobility scooter which you feel most comfortable on. You should also take into account your personal needs, do you need extra legroom. Is the seat in the best position for you? On most newer model scooters the seat height can be adjusted to what suits you best. The angle of the back of the seat is mainly only adjustable on captain’s seats such as a cabin car. As part of our initial assessment, our experts will ask you about your height and weight to make sure that the mobility scooters you test out will be suitable for you.

4. Price

Is the mobility scooter within your budget? Here at Modern Mobility, we understand that a new scooter or power chair won’t fit everyone’s price range which is why we offer quality used scooters as well as new ones. All of our used scooters are fully serviced before your purchase and come with 6 months warranty as standard.

5. Storage

Do you have enough room to store a larger scooter in your house, do you require your scooter to dismantle so you can fit it into a car? Our large range of folding and boot scooters are designed to fold or disassemble to be less intrusive and save space in your house or a car.

6. Where will you be using your scooter?

If you are planning on using your mobility scooter indoors you will need to check if it can fit through the doors in your house. If you want to use the mobility scooter outdoors you will need to think about the terrain. Will you be using it mainly on the pavement or road or will you be using it on different grounds?

7. What accessories will you need?

Accessories can be a great addition to your mobility scooter, this can be a way to personalise your mobility scooter making it your own. A walking stick holder may be a good addition if you want to take your walking stick or cane with you, whereas a storage bag would be perfect if you require extra room to carry your shopping.

8. Test Drive

Trying a mobility scooter out before you buy it is the best option, this allows you to make sure you like it and that it suits you very well. Get in touch with us today and book a free demonstration with one of our specialists.

If you are still unsure of what to consider when looking for a mobility scooter then get in touch with a member of our team. Give us a call or pop down to your local store if you want to test drive a new or used mobility scooter.

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