Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ

FAQ

The search for the best mobility scooter for your personal needs can be confusing and daunting leaving you with a lot of guesswork.  To minimize this task we developed this section along wih other scooter mobility information and guides to assist you so you will come away with the confidence that you have made an informed decision on the purchase of your electric mobility scooter.

What is a Mobility Scooter?

A mobility scooter is a battery-powered mobility device,  also referred to as electric mobility scooters, power scooters, disabled scooters, medical scooters, scooters for the elderly, seniors or the handicapped.  However, not all mobility scooters are used solely for medical reasons, many times they are also used for leisure and recreational purposes.  There are 2-wheel scooters which are used for transportation, entertainment and sports, these are not generally classified as mobility scooters.  Three wheeled mobility scooters and four wheeled mobility scooters that are used primarily for aid and assistance to persons with limited mobility due to a medical condition or simply loss of strength and stamia due to common aging is a more accurate description of a mobility scooter.

The electric mobility scooter has an electric motor which is powered by a rechargeable battery.  It has a seat that is mounted on a pedistal, a floorboard (or baseboard) and a tiller that houses the control panel where the ignition and throttle is located.  The braking system on most models is activated by releasing the throttle, similar to letting up on the pedal of a golf cart.  For individuals with limited mobility who have trouble walking up slopes or for long distance, or simply have trouble getting around from room to room in your home the electric mobility scooter can offer freedom and restore your mobility and independence.

If you are able to sit upright and have sufficient upper body strength and sufficient dexterity in your hands and wrists to operate the tiller and throttle a battery powered mobility scooter may be just the scooter mobility devise you have been looking for.

What is the Best Mobility Scooter for Me?

 The safety and comfort of the user is of utmost importance when choosing a mobility scooter.  There are several key point to consider:

A.) The height and weight of the person must be adequately evaluated when considering the right scooter.  Height is pretty much straight forward, however, when looking a weight you must also consider any carry on weight the scooter may be required to support.  Other medical and mobility devices such as canes, walkers, cruthces, oxygen tanks and other medical equipment as well as any packages you'll be carrying onboard such as groceries must be considered.  And of course, who can forget that child or grandchild who thinks it's cool to hitch an occasional ride.  It's important to allow for extra weight your mobility scooter may be require to handle.  Trying to skimp or weight or not adequately allowing for additional weight could void the manufacturer's warranty if your electric scooter is not used according to the recommended height and weight capacity, not to mention the potential safety hazard to the user or any occupant on the scooter.

B.) The enviroment where the scooter will be used must be considered.  Will the scooter be used primarily indoors, outdoors or both?  

  • Indoors: If the scooter is to be used primarily as an indoor scooter then 3 wheel compact or travel scooters offer the best turning radius and are more maneuverable in homes, grocery stores and other common structures.  Most 4 wheel scooters do not allow the tight turning radius or maneuverability needed for an inside scooter.  Inside scooters have lower ground clearance which maximizes there stability. 
  • Indoor/Outdoors: If your needs call for an indoor/outdoor mobility scooter a 3 wheeled medium or full-size scooter will normally fit the bill.  These three wheel scooters are the most versatile and vary in power, size, battery range, weight, durability, maneuverability, speed, comfort and other characteristics.
  • Outdoors:  Outdoor scooters are bigger, tougher, more powerful and more spacious than other scooter models. Some outdoor scooters and heavy duty scooters like the four wheel electric scooters and heavy duty scooters are equipped to provide off-road use to the delight of the adventurous outdoor enthusiatic and nature lovers. Another popular outdoor recreational scooter is the PMV, or personal mobility vehicle and the performance scooter. These outdoor scooters are considered to be the ultimate in outdoor scooter mobility.
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Can my Mobility Scooter be Transported?

Transportability is another important factor to consider.  Do you require a lightweight scooter that can be folded or easily assembled and disassembled for easy storage and transport in the back or trunk of a vehicle, or will you need a scooter lift to transport a heavy duty medical scooter or outdoor electric mobility scooter?  Your physical strength and ability to safely and easily lift the heaviest part of a disassembled scooter is a factor that you'll want to address.  Another factor is the limitation of the vehicle in which you plan to transport your scooter with.

Most scooters disassemble into 3 or more components by removing the batteries, lifting the seat and disconnectiong the front and back sections.  Depending on the scooter, the heaviest piece can be just under 35 lbs. and over 70 lbs. for the heaviest part in larger scooters.  As you can see even though they can be disassembled the lightest part can still be too heavy and awkward for some individuals to lift without the assistance of another person.  In some instances the more challenging part often comes when putting the scooter back together.  Disassembling and transporting an electric mobility scooter occasionally may be no big deal but having to do it on a daily or regular basis can become more burdensome than necessary.

If you want the option to disassemble your mobility scooter if circumstances necessitate but for convenience prefer instead to have an easier method then you may need to consider using a scooter lift.  There are scooter lifts that can be used to transport your scooter inside or outside of your vehicle.