Mobility Scooters – Frequently Asked Questions
The purchase of a mobility scooter is complicated, but it does not have to be stressful. These are some of the answers to common questions that many shoppers will ask when it comes to buying a mobility scooter.
What Price Can I Expect To Pay?
The price of a mobility scooter will generally depend on the style that you buy and whether or not you are looking to buy a reconditioned or brand new model. You could expect to pay as little as £400 on a new, portable model, or up to £4,000 for a top of the line class 3 scooter that can be used on the road. In order to see which of the models came out as the best, the experts put mobility scooters of several brands like Invacare, Electrical Mobility and Monarch Mobility through the paces, technical testing and real-liife assessments. There are a number of smaller and medium scooters that you can get between £800 to £2,000, with the higher priced models being those that fold. With our mobility scooter reviews, we have used recommended retail pricing as a guide.
What Is The Difference Between Second Hand And New Mobility Scooters?
There are a number of people who will trade in an older model scooter to exchange or upgrade to a newer one. Therefore, you are going to see a lot of second hand or reconditioned models that are for sale in mobility shops. You can expect to see them listed with reduced warranties, for about three months instead of a full year. By visiting our guides on buying either a second hand or new scooter, you will be able to learn all about the various pros and cons that come from each, plus the rights that you have when you buy one online.
How Often Should My Mobility Scooter Battery Be Charged?
This will depend on just how often you are using your scooter. However, as a general rule, if you are using your scooter during the day, you will need to recharge the battery in the evening. There will not be a need to run the battery all the way down before charging it, and this will not damage the batter or impact the capacity if you charge it before it is empty. With some scooter models, you are not supposed to charge it if the battery has more than 80% power left on it, or charge for longer than 12 hours at a time. The scooter instructions that come with your model should be nice and clear on how you should charge your scooter battery, and this is something that we also look for when we are testing out scooters.
Can Additional Batteries Be Purchased For Long Distance Travel?
If you have a model that will allow you to change battery sizes, you will be able to replace the standard battery with a pack that is high-capacity to take you further. In most situations, this will double your range. However, they are going to cost a bit more and also be heavier to lift.
How Much Can I Expect To Spend On Batteries?
Generally, a pair of batteries will cost around £100. Purchase them in pairs so that you can alternate in between charges and to have one on hand if one completely fails.
Will My Mobility Scooter Need To Be Serviced?
It is always recommended you have your scooter serviced once per year or at a point when you notice that there is a bit of a change in performance. If you notice any squeaks or unusual noises or if your tire tread is getting shallow, you should have it serviced. You can usually expect to pay around £70 for each service.
Can You Bring A Mobility Scooter Into Shopping Centers And Shops?
You might be able to bring your scooter into a shopping area, but you should never assume. It will only depend on the regulations for the particular business. There may be concerns that the scooter could block a pathway or get stuck in a tight spot, or that you may end up driving the scooter too quickly through an environment that is crowded with other patrons. In order to learn more about using your particular mobility scooter in public places, you can visit out guide on using a mobility scooter.
What Mobility Scooter Will Be Best For Traveling?
There are two different types of travel or boot scooters. A foldable scooter is going to let you remove the battery and then unlock the tiller at the base prior to folding it down to get it ready for transport. They will fold down to a shape that is compact, allowing you to freewheel them, just like you would with a wheelie suitcase. Dismantling scooters will leave you with five or six parts, including the battery, seat, tiller, basket, chassis and sometimes the rear driving unit. To learn which are the best, or the worst, you can look at the travel scooter reviews that we have done to include both the Luggie and Drive Medical scooters.
Can Mobility Scooters Go On A Plane?
The only general rule that you will see with boot scooters is that you need to call the airline ahead of time to go over the details of your scooter to get permission. They will usually ask you for the model, make, size, weight and whether or not it will dismantle or fold. You will also need to know the battery your scooter has, as well as the weight. Bring your operating manual with you when you fly. You will not be able to have the scooter as hand luggage, so it will travel in the hold.
How Is A Boot Scooter Dismantled?
Unlock the seat underneath, then take it off. Next, remove the battery, where some will lift out or others may need to have a lever depressed. There are some models that will let you split the chassis into two pieces at this stage. Lastly, you unscrew the tiller or you fold it down. If you have lost the instruction manual, you may be able to find some of them online, or you can contact the manufacturer directly.
Can I Lift A Boot Scooter Myself?
There is no such guarantee you will be able to lift your scooter on your own, in particular the foldable versions that can be awkward and heavy to lift. With the dismantling, the tiller will generally be the heaviest piece, so ti is best to try lifting prior to purchase. There are also hoists that you can buy to help you lift the scooter in and out of your vehicle.
What About Hills?
Most mobility scooters will struggle with hills, but this never means you cannot use them in a hilly area. In general, they will handle a small slope or about the same gradient for a wheelchair access ramp. Some will be able to tackle a tougher, steeper slope, but some may cut out when trying to do so.
What About Storing?
The scooter’s electronics can get damaged from condensation and heat, so you need to be sure it is not left outside or exposed to the elements. It is advised that you use a shed or a garage, with an ideal set up being one that has a good electricity source so that you can charge it. A boot scooter can be left in your vehicle and the batter can be brought inside for charging. If you do have to leave your scooter outside, you have to protect is using a plastic covering.
Securing Your Scooter
A scooter can be locked using a padlock and chain, but it will be best to keep it inside or locked in your garage. All scooters have serial numbers so that you can easily track them by contacting the local police.