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Things to consider when purchasing a Mobility Scooter

What to look out for!

Buying an electric scooter is a major purchase that can transform your life if you have reduced mobility. They are becoming more popular and at last manufacturers are designing ones that look good and are easier to use.


How do I know which scooter suits me?

Considerations


  • Weight- Most scooters will take a weight of 18 stone but some will take more.
  • Terrain – Inside (shopping malls) outside (going round the City or Country roads) or both.
  • Does it need to able to easily fit in the car?
  • How far are you likely to travel each day? Effects battery size and scooter size.

You are then faced with three main types to choose from.

1. Compact car boot scooter
Designed for level surfaces and can come apart easily to be placed in the boot of a car. Usually have a range of 8– 11 miles. Maximum speed = 4 mph.

2. Mid sized scooter
Slightly bigger and more stable, Can come with lights and indicators and have a range of 16 - 24 miles. Some have suspension and they tend to be more comfortable. Maximum speed = 4 mph.


3. Large Class 3 scooter - 6-8mph.

These are much bigger and are designed to carry the heavier person (can go up to 35 stone). They have a much better ground clearance & come with full lights and indicators. These can be driven safely on the road and have to be registered with DVLA and display a tax disc. Maximum speed = 6-8 mph.


So how do you then know which model is best for you?

1. What do you want the scooter to do for you?

2. I would recommend speaking to your local BHTA registered dealer who should have a good selection to look at and be able to give unbiased non-commission driven advice.

3. You should look at a few different manufacturers and see which one suits you best.

4. Steering – there are different handles available for the controls find the one that is best for you.

5. Suspension- Do you need to go over rough terrain.

6. Seats - Some are much more comfortable than others, they should be adjustable and swivel.

7. Tyres – Solid or pneumatic (you can get punctures).

8. Battery size – Depending on the range you want to do.

9. Turning circle – You may have some tight spots you need to get through.

10. Length and width – have you got space to store it.

11. Leg room – Three wheeled models allow you to stretch your legs more.

12. If you want a small car boot scooter that comes apart make sure of the following:

  • You can easily get it apart and put it back together again.
  • You can lift the heaviest part.
  • It fits in the car
Scooters, like cars, require regular servicing and maintenance. Make sure your dealer will give you the back up and support. They should be serviced once a year and the batteries tend to last between 18months and 3 years depending on use.


Beware

Buying from commission driven sales people with no local showroom as you will probably pay more and get little back up as opposed to your local dealer.

Buying second hand – There may be no service history and the parts can be very expensive.

Buying of the internet. – Often it is not quite what you thought, you have to assemble it and if it goes wrong you have to send it back at your own expense!


Always

  • Do your research – Look at more than one model
  • Make sure they are BHTA registered and therefore are regulated by the OFT.
  • Try it before you buy.
  • Make sure it is suitable for your needs.
  • Consider specialist insurance – Mainly for the public liability cover.
  • Ask about servicing and support.

Now you have chosen your scooter what is the law with regards to using it?

1. You should have been given a copy of the BHTA Highway Code for scooter users.

2. In this it states that it is illegal to go more than 4 mph on the pavement.

3. If you have an 8 mph scooter you must put it into low range when on the pavement.

4. Only a scooter with full lights and indicators is allowed on the road.

5. You should travel at you max speed of 6 – 8 mph when on the road ( unless crossing)

6. All class Three Scooters must be registered with DVLA and show a tax disc. (dealers should do this for you and there is no charge from DVLA)

7. BHTA dealers will have done an assessment on you capabilities to use the scooter before you buy and if you have or have had a driving licence you should have some basic road sense.

8. Pedestrians have right of way.

9. You are not allowed on Motorways and only on a dual carriageway with a flashing orange beacon.

10. You need to keep vigilant at all times as you are below the eyesight of most pedestrians.


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