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How To Buy A Mobility Scooter

Posted by Mike Phipps on July 16, 2021

A mobility scooter

This article was updated on 22/04/2024.

A mobility scooter is an easy way to remain independent and improve your lifestyle if you have mobility problems or a disability that prevents you from walking long distances.

Why are mobility scooters important?

A mobility scooter is a mobility aid that is an investment and can make all the difference if you find the right one to suit you. If you have good sitting balance, ability to step on and off, adequate eyesight and good memory a scooter would be a great option if you need to get about independently but are unable to walk for long periods of time.

Important factors to consider before buying a mobility scooter:

Before buying a mobility scooter, there are some important factors to take into account.

  • Where do I want to use it? Indoor or outdoor?
  • How far do I want it to go?
  • Does it fold or dismantle?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • What is the warranty?
  • Do I need insurance?

You also need to take into consideration your body weight and size for the type of scooter you decide on. Deciding on a model of a scooter can be a difficult choice so it is important to take into consideration the factors above and weigh up all your options.

For all of the scooters that we supply, we make sure they are designed with easy to use controls and all have at least a 2 warranty with the manufacturer. Our range of scooters are modern and stylish and have practical accessories to go with.

Different types of mobility scooters

The most common type of scooter you may see around is a four-wheel scooter, however, there are fantastic 3-wheel options available. Three-wheelers can be a little more nimble when it comes to navigating, especially indoors, but of course, it all depends on how and where you want to use them.

  • Three wheel & folding (pavement use only) - A folding lightweight scooter can offer utmost independence as they can easily fit into the boot of a car, under a coach and can be taken on a plane (make sure adequate information is provided to the airline beforehand).
  • Four-wheel & lightweight (pavement use only)  - Some four-wheel scooters, although not folding, can dismantle into two or five pieces so they fit comfortably into a car boot. With its extra lightweight, the Shop Ability scooter is easy to transport and drive. Usually with a top speed of 4mph.
  • Four-wheel on road  - On road scooters tend to look a lot bulkier than the smaller, pavement scooters as they offer more protection and a more powerful motor as they have a top speed of 8mph. They often have aerodynamic and modern designs such as the Cobra.
Various mobility scooters

Items shown: Curlew Folding Scooter, Boot Scooter, Royale Sport, King Cobra and an Easy Rider Scooter.

Features of a mobility scooter that may benefit you:

Mobility scooters can come with a variety of features that may benefit you, such as:

  • Easy to see/use dashboard
  • Adjustable headrest or chair
  • Add on storage
  • Mirrors
  • Front and rear headlights
  • Armrests
  • Lockable pannier box
  • Lap belt
  • Anti-tip wheels
  • Safe braking system
  • Puncture proof tyres
  • Onboard charging
Various mobility scooter accessories

NOTE - not all scooters have all of the above features, they will differ depending on the make and manufacturer. Always check product descriptions to ensure the features you need/want are included on your chosen scooter.

Add-on accessories for mobility scooters

There are many different types of accessories available for scooters, from bags and baskets to covers and canopies which can help with issues like storage, weatherproofing and visibility while out and about.

Various mobility scooter accessories

Once you have bought a scooter, it’s essential to think about accessibility if you are going to be using it around your home. Take a look at our guide to finding a ramp for help on choosing a suitable ramp for your doorways or stairs.

Kate Makin, OT

Kate Makin, Ability Superstore's Occupational Therapist

Kate Makin qualified as an occupational therapist (OT) in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy. She is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

As a registered occupational therapist (OT), Kate is a science degree-based, health and social care professional, taking a “whole person” approach to both physical and mental health and wellbeing. This enables individuals, of all ages, to achieve their full potential and lead as independent life as possible.

Click here for Kate’s registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Throughout her career, Kate has worked in many different clinical settings, in both the public and private sector. Kate has been running her own independent occupational therapist business since 2009. She is passionate about disability aids and adaptations, with a specialist interest in postural management and seating.

As Ability Superstore’s resident OT, Kate is on hand to offer professional advice and answer any queries.