We already know there are TONS of options when it comes to mobility scooters. They come in all different sizes, colors, and prices. Some have cupholders, some have oxygen tank holders, some even have special off-roading tires! A lot of our frequently asked shopping questions are focused on those kinds of features.
Of course, your first question should always be "How will a mobility scooter benefit my life?". Once you have answered that question, it is time to start identifying the most important features of your next big purchase.
Here Are 5 Questions To Ask When Buying A Mobility Scooter:
1. What Kind of Range Should My Scooter Have?
Do you ever have trouble standing or walking for a long period of time? Some of us can walk short distances comfortably, but a long walk at Disneyland with your family would be impossible. Using a mobility scooter can help you get around easily without having to worry about slowing your family down (they might even be jealous of your comfortable chair!)
Finding a mobility scooter with a strong battery should be an important consideration in your purchase. Some scooters are best for sticking around the neighborhood - other scooters are built for that long day at Disneyland.
2. What Is My Ideal "Seated Height"?
We usually buy mobility products to make our lives easier. But what if the scooter causes more problems than it solves?
Some scooters and wheelchairs are lower to the ground than others. The lower your "seated height" the more difficult it is to stand up out of the chair. This becomes an issue if you are trying to move around a kitchen or garage because hard-to-reach cabinets or shelves might require you to step off the seat often (my knees are hurting just thinking about it).
So, think about the purpose of your mobility product as a guideline in your search. We also offer models that feature a high-rise seat giving the users more reach which makes it easier to get things that are commonly out of reach.
3. Will I Need A Car Lift?
All individuals have different abilities - some can walk cautiously from one room to another, others cannot move their limbs at all. One option to prevent constant walking or standing when traveling is to own a car lift.
With a car lift built-in on your vehicle, you can bring your mobility scooter anywhere and keep your walking and standing to an absolute minimum.
4. Will I Need To Travel with My Mobility Scooter?
American Mobility Specialists sells an assortment of folding mobility scooters or travel size scooters for customers who expect to take their device on an airplane or a cruise ship. Travel size mobility scooters are usually very light and break down into smaller parts which makes them easy to disassemble or assemble as well as store away for navigation purposes. The downside is they are sometimes less "heavy-duty" than other models.
Folding mobility scooters and travel size scooters are perfect while you are far away from home. Both styles of these mobility scooters don't take up much space which is ideal for customers who don't want to install a car lift or for those that are planning on going for a trip by plane or on a cruise.
5. Is My Mobility Scooter Comfortable
This might seem like a no-brainer, but don't forget to ask the question... "How comfortable does my mobility scooter need to be?"
Heavy-duty scooters tend to have a high travel range which allows the user to travel long distances without recharging. Also, they are designed to give more space and comfort. Some scooters come with a bigger, cushioned seat and some have a floorboard with more legroom for the rider. Another benefit of both heavy-duty and full-size mobility scooters is that they have the capability to support more weight compared to folding or travel scooters.