The Mobility Repairs UK Quick Buyers Guide
Wednesday 12th March 2014
As a company involved with the maintenance and repair of Mobility Scooters we speak to scooter owners every day, so we have a wealth of experience in scooter usability. Here are some of the things we feel you should consider when buying a mobility scooter.
There are many factors to consider before buying, but perhaps the most important is to consider the tasks you wish to use the scooter for and how comfortable and easy the scooter is to manoeuvre for those tasks.
Budget is also a key factor and with prices ranging from £350 to £6000 it’s important to find the right balance of a scooter that affordably meets your needs. Before shopping around, have an idea in your mind of what you are looking for.
Whats Right For You?
• Decide what type and size of scooter you require.
• Smaller scooters known as Class 2 scooters can legally drive on pavements. Some models can be compacted and folded to be placed in a car boot. Remember the smaller and more compact your scooter the easier it is to use within confined spaces, for storing and for onwards transporting.
• Larger scooters known as Class 3 scooters can legally drive on the roads. They are generally more durable and can handle varied terrain and longer distances.
Many indoor shopping centres have mobility shops that will allow you rent a scooter for a short period of time. This is a great way to test out models at your own pace outside of a sales environment.
When we visit customers for mobility scooter repairs and maintenance, we are often asked how to make the scooter more comfortable. Whilst adjustments can be made to add additional comfort, generally the comfort is restricted by the back support and legroom, so it’s important to ensure this is right when purchasing your scooter. Ensure you test out before you buy. All reputable suppliers will organise a test for you either at their showroom or at your home on request.
If you are looking to buy a mobility scooter for the first time, it’s worth checking if you are eligible for Motability through which you can purchase your scooter using your mobility payments.
Things To Remember:
• Speed Limits – This is set at 4mph on the pavement and 8mph on the road.
• If you plan on using your scooter on U.K roads you must follow the highway code.
• Consider Mobility Scooter Insurance to have peace of mind and cover against theft, accidents and third-party claims.