USED MOBILITY SCOOTER – Quick Hints for identifying a good second hand model

Want some pointers for selecting good, used mobility scooters without having to read all the technical jargon?

Purchasing a used mobility scooter can save you thousands $$$. Particularly if you want to have more independence and  keep two different types of mobility scooters.  One for the home and shops, the other for getting around outside.

Whether new or refurbished, mobility scooters are proving to be one of the best means of keeping  independence. Years ago it was hard to find used mobility scooters, but now second hand models now come in a wide range.  With a little research, you’ll find the type that suits your needs best.  If you are not familiar with mobility scooters,  here are some things you will need to identify:

No mobility scooter is really designed for BOTH indoor and outdoor use.  No matter what they may tell you.

  • 4mph.  These models come in 3 and 4 wheel designs.  Made for getting around inside shops, homes and other indoor places, they are mostly more compact in design. Check the turning radius and ease of maneuverability.  4 wheelers can have a poorer turning radius.  This may be a problem if your home is not big enough.
  • 8mph. These mobility scooters are sturdy enough for pavements and the roads.  They should be equipped with lights and indicators.  As stability is a factor, the 4 wheel designs are the ones to consider first, since they usually have more power to get you over those bumps and up hills.
  • Leg Room: Consider the length of your legs!!
  • Comfort/independence: A swiveling seat on your mobility scooter may mean more independence for some.  Can arm rests be added? An oxygen tank attached?  Thumb controls? A carrying basket or bag?  Think of what you may need to have with you so that you don’t have to rely on someone else.  That’s not what you want is it!?
  • Portability: Can it be folded or taken down with a few tools?
  • Condition: How has the scooter been stored? Check the batteries.  If the scooter has been left unused for a while, they may sulphate.  Does the battery retain a good charge?  Remember,  replacing them is an added cost, and they can be quite expensive.  Negotiate that in the price.
  • Breaks: need to be checked out  too.  If the damp has got to them through bad storage or maintenance, they may not be in proper working order and need servicing.
  • Agility: Does the scooter pick up and retain speed without jerking.  Especially over bumps and uphill. If not, gears may be the problem.
  • Insurance: Please don’t forget to research mobility scooter insurance.  The cost will be very little in comparison to your precious investment being wiped out if something should happen.  There may be no legal requirement to carry insurance, but remember this is a sue-happy country.  The laws may also change soon too, as studies are being done on this very subject.  So give this some thought before you reject the idea.

Before you close your deal, remember to take a test run!  You’d be surprised at how many people don’t do this!!

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3 Responses to “USED MOBILITY SCOOTER – Quick Hints for identifying a good second hand model”

  1. heather says:

    Thanks for the jargon free, precise article.

  2. […] Second hand mobility scooters are now coming onto the market more regularly than in the past.  They can often be found in the free classified newspapers or in the classified sections of local newspapers. […]

  3. pedro says:

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    thanks….

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