Mobility scooters are a great way to reclaim your freedom and increase your mobility. However, with the great variety of medical scooters for sale currently in the market, it is often hard to pinpoint the perfect device for you. Below are some important questions you should ask yourself if you are looking to buy a mobility scooter for yourself or a loved one.
- How portable do you need it? Depending on how you plan to use your mobile scooter, you need to consider which kind of device you truly need. If you are looking for a scooter to fit in the trunk of your car and easily pack away on a plane, you will want to consider a travel scooter or a folding mobility scooter. A travel scooter will allow you to dismantle it into 4 or 5 pieces for easier transportation and storage. A folding scooter will be your lightest and most convenient option as no dissasembly is required. On the other hand, if you think you need a mobility scooter with a larger range and more comfort features — and you plan to use the device in and around your home– a mid-size or heavy duty scooter will be a better choice.
- Will you be using your scooter indoors, outdoors or both? If you are planning to use your mobility scooter to get around your home, you will need to choose a compact device that has a tight turning radius– a fundamental feature when it comes to making sure that you’ll be able to properly navigate your home while keeping your furniture and belongings intact. If you live in a condominium or apartment building, a smaller scooter will be crucial as you might want it to fit into your elevator in order to reach your unit. If you live in a house and plan to use your scooter mostly outdoors– think of taking it to the store, to a nearby park or to visit friends or family in your neighbourhood– you may benefit from a larger mobility scooter. They come packed with features that will keep you safe and comfortable on the road– like LED lights, cup holders and even USB chargers.
- What kind of comfort features do you require? Portable scooters come equipped with stadium seating. It is a comfortable and light-weight option for individuals who have good upper body support. If you are looking for added neck support and a cushier seat which will be ideal for longer rides, a mid-sized or heavy-duty mobility scooter will offer the comfort of a Captain’s chair, which includes an adjustable headrest. Another comfort feature you must consider is suspension. If you are looking to ride your scooter on uneven terrain, a scooter with stability control features will improve your experience and relieve you of any possible pain that rough movement could inflict on you.
- How far and how fast will you travel on your scooter? Whereas an average travel scooter will travel between 6.5 -8 km/h and have a range of about 20-25 kilometres, a heavy duty scooter will travel at about 18 km/h and go as far as 60 kilometres. That is a big difference and a factor that you should definitely take into account when looking at your mobility scooter choices.
- What’s your budget? The price range for mobility scooters is just as diverse as the product choices. As you start your research into a brand new scooter to buy, make sure that you find out if you qualify for government help or for any other programs that provide financial aid to people living with disabilities. It is also possible that your health insurance may pay for a portion of the device if deemed medically necessary. This kind of information will help you make the ultimate decision much easier.
Vital Mobility carries one of the largest selections of mobility scooters in the Toronto area and GTA. We retail AND rent quality brands like Pride Mobility, Drive Medical, Solax and more. If you have any additional questions and need help narrowing down your scooter for sale choices, feel free to reach our mobility experts today.