Many people are intimidated by the process of shopping for a mobility scooter. That's one reason we put together our Really Good eBikes Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooters. Our how was to help our customers find the perfect mobility scooter for their unique needs.
If this is your first time shopping for a mobility scooter, we wanted to make sure you know your options, and also some important tips when shopping for your first scooter.
When it comes to picking a mobility scooter, there are 4 basic categories to be aware of when you shop. We cover each of these here, and then provide our 5 tips for mobility scooter owners.
Travel Size mobility scooters are designed for easy transport and storage. While they can usually handle riders and cargo with a combined weight of up to 300 pounds, these models are able to be disassembled into smaller parts that weigh much less than a whole scooter. Our Guide includes several travel size scooters for your consideration.
Some travel size mobility scooters also have the capability fold. Great for taking out and about or going on vacation, folding mobility scooters do not require a disassembly like your normal travel size scooter. All you have to do is simply fold the mobility scooter down and put it away.
Our Really Good eBikes Guide to Mobility Scooters also includes a few full size scooters. Full Size models are built for those and more comfort and power than can be found on smaller scooters. Full Size mobility scooters typically have more than one seat size or option available for users preference. They are better to use when outdoors, since they may be difficult getting around tight spaces due the size of the scooters body.
Finally, there are Heavy Duty mobility scooter models. These are the biggest and toughest scooters on the market, and are designed and intended for the those durable and long lasting rides - with extreme comfort. They are usually capable of lasting a lot longer than most other models adding a bit of a push or torque to the motor, and they’re normally also capable of riding on most rough or more rugged terrains.
1. Make sure you know what how you want to be using your new mobility scooter. Do you want to ride indoors only; a combination of indoor and outdoor riding, or exclusively outdoors? Do you want a compact scooter that is easy to travel with, or would you prefer a full size machine with an executive swivel seat and full suspension?
2. Research the manufacturer and dealer before making a decision. There are perhaps dozens of scooter manufacturers in the US today, and the quality of their offerings can vary significantly. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you research not only the brand of scooter you are looking at, but the dealer from whom you will be buying your scooter. All of the mobility scooters in the Guide are made by reputable brands, and sold by a reputable dealer.
3. Only take "white glove" delivery services if you really need them. These are expensive add-ons that dealers try to force on their customers, but often times are not necessary. For example, several of the mobility scooters presented in the Really Good eBikes Guide to Choosing a Mobility Scooter come from the Electric Wheels (EWheels) brand, which is based on Phoenix AZ. This brand ships their scooters fully assembled and ready to ride - so no in-home setup service is required.
4. Be aware of your surroundings. Mobility scooters give us a sense of freedom, and when just start riding them, it almost feels like a teen getting to drive a car for the first time. But please be aware of your surroundings at all times. Some of the mobility scooters in our Guide can go up to 15 mph, which may seem slow in a car, but is incredibly fast when riding a mobility scooter. So please be careful.
5. Our fifth and final tip when shopping for a Mobility Scooter is recognize that when buying a mobility scooter, many people are also making a decision not to use their car anymore. At first, many people keep their cars, but once they realize that all they really need is a scooter, they give up the car. And when they do that, they give up all the added expenses that come with owning and operating a car: gas, insurance, maintenance, parking, registration, etc. So when shopping for a mobility scooter, keep in mind all the money you could potentially be saving, and don't cheat yourself out of the best scooter available in your price range.