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The Need-To-Knows Of Buying A Mobility Scooter

Dec 14, 2007
People with mobility disabilities can be rest assured that mobility equipments are something that are continually updated. Mobility scooters are more commonly used by those who struggle in upper body strength with manoeuvring ordinary non-motor wheelchairs. Yet these scooters do have their disadvantages, therefore people who are considering to buy a mobility scooter for the first time need to consider a few points beforehand.

What to consider

Probably the most important thing to think about before buying a mobility scooter is whether it will meet the needs of the person purchasing it. Scooters are generally used to extend a person's mobility range and conserve energy. Those with little physical stamina and minor/major health conditions, such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, post-polio syndromes, cardiac conditions and stroke survivors are common users. The advantage of a scooter is that those with insufficient arm strength will not need to exert themselves for manoeuvring and use electronic controls for steering.

Mobility scooters can be purchased at affordable prices and keeping it maintained is relatively simple. However, those who do buy one need to keep in mind that this is not an easy-storage mechanism and plenty of space is often needed for storage. In addition, most scooters are usually longer in length, therefore limiting its turning radius and preventing it from using certain lifts. Having good steering techniques and good vision a must otherwise you could be deemed unsuitable for a scooter.

Test Drive

Always have your scooter tested and compared with other models so that you know it works! Some manufacturers offer customers a trial period or on site trial usage before purchasing it, allowing them to determine the right setting for them to use, whether they have enough leg room and if they are able to use the controls for long-term use. If in doubt, do not be afraid to ask!

Users will also need to consider whether the mobility scooter will be their primary mode of transporting around, how much battery power will this use up on a given day, whether it will be used in a combination of environments or strictly indoors/outdoors. First time users will need to gain as much advice as, if not seek assistance, from their physician and/or health experts.

Warranty and Maintenance

Once you have chosen your scooter, it is always essential that you have a warranty with the scooter, With every warranty you must determine a trained scooter technician is qualified to provide the correct maintenance and repairs to keep it running with no extra costs. Also, any repairs being made by the technician, must be adhered to the terms of the warranty, so always get to know the terms and conditions inside and out!

Always make sure that any battery parts, electronics, chains, belts and tyres are kept in stock of the store you have purchased the scooter from and not at the manufacturers. This is to prevent any unnecessary delays for ordering parts. In cases of scooters bought straight from the manufacturers you will need to find out and learn whether repairs and maintenance can be found locally and by whom.

With all of the above in mind, it is always best to fill in the gaps of any queries or questions you have by doing plenty of research and asking questions. It is better to be certain about what you buy and whether you have made the right choice in your purchase, rather than being left unsure and confused. You could end up forking out extra expenses for minimal problems, therefore do not hesitate in asking questions and make sure you gain a detailed response or a swift follow-up.
About the Author
Anna Stenning understands the process of buying mobility scooters through previous voluntary work. For more information log on to http://www.euromedical.co.uk/.
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