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The Need To Knows Of Buying A Mobility Scooter

Feb 27, 2008
For those looking for a more independent way of living, mobility scooters are probably the best choice in terms of manoeuvrability. The cost of a scooter determines the type of scooter you buy, as technology has advanced over the years these have become much more efficient and easier to maintain. In order to maintain this independence, one will need to make some wise decisions before purchasing their first scooter.

When buying mobility scooters the first thing you need to consider is where you will be using it. Is it something you will be using more outside or are you likely to use it indoors too? If you are thinking about using it indoors, will the scooter be easy to manoeuvre in your house? When buying a scooter, you need to consider the size, whether you require a heavy-duty vehicle or a lightweight scooter and the size of the scooter wheels.

Heavy-duty mobility scooters are more stable in terms of its usage - people can travel on practically any surface, shock absorbing and can practically handle any terrain. Lightweight and compact scooters are easier to store, quicker to move and easier to steer in tighter corners. It is always best to test drive them just to get a feel of what kind of scooter you will feel more comfortable. Some suppliers and manufacturers allow a trial period at no extra charge - it is worth taking the trial.

Another thing to think about are whether you would prefer three wheeled or four wheeled mobility scooters. Three wheeled scooters are lighter and much easier to steer with, whereas four wheeled scooters are more stable and add more weight. Again, it is best to test-drive one to see which one is best suited to you. The size of the tyre is also another factor to consider, they come in sizes between six and twelve inches. Smaller tyres are best suited for indoor use and larger tyres are better used for outdoors.

Seating is also a very important aspect of your purchase. Every scooter have different seating type, unless you have tested out your scooters you may buy something that is uncomfortable for you. Many manufacturers give you the option of seating covers, swivel options, extra padding, lumbar supports, and height adjustments. Scooters do also come with armrests that can be removed or added as and when you require it.

The steering of each scooter is also different and come in with thumb controls or levers that allow you to control the speed and manoeuvre forward or in reverse. Also available are joysticks and loop handles, which can be adapted according to manufacturer specifications. There are also considerations towards maintenance, basket, storage compartment, walker or cane holder, battery and charger - these are all additional add-ons and are not always included in the total price so it is worth looking into these.

Finally, always enquire about warrantees and insurance policies. You will need to have your scooter protected and covered from damage, theft and general maintenance as this can be quite pricey if you do not take the right precautions. Always ask for the total price of your scooter (including extras, warranty and insurance) in writing before making your decision. You will need to make sure that there are no hidden charges and that everything is explained clearly to you.
About the Author
Anna Stenning is an expert on mobility scooters having helped people buy scooters in her previous job. For more information on purchasing new mobility vehicles visit http://www.euromedical.co.uk/
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