July 22, 2015 in Caregiver Tips
Purchasing a scooter can be a time-consuming, headache-causing and frustrating process –but it doesn’t have to be! If you go into the scooter-buying process with an open mind (and a little behind-the-scenes knowledge from yours truly!) you will walk away with a smile on your face and the scooter of your dreams. It’s all about knowing what to ask beforehand in order to get what you NEED.
6 Things to Ask When Purchasing a Scooter
- Will the scooter be used primarily indoors, outdoors, or both? This is important for not only you to know the answer to, but also for the scooter specialist. Knowing where you will be using the scooter can help determine what brand and type (durability) of scooter you may need.
- Will you need to transport your mobility scooter when traveling? Will you be going on family vacations where you need to take your scooter with you? Unless you have a large vehicle that can easily transport a larger scooter, you may need to consider looking into a compact scooter. Likewise, you may want to check with your local transportation authority for information regarding any size restrictions that you may need to be aware of when traveling long distances.
- Does it have the accessories and storage you are looking for? Don’t expect your scooter to have closet-like storage or Yacht-like accessories; however, don’t give in and settle for less than you deserve. Make sure the scooter you are looking for has any extra accessories or storage space you may desire, such as a second basket.
- How much do you plan on spending on your scooter? Prices can greatly vary depending upon various features, brands, new vs old, among many other items. For example, do you want a scooter with arm rests? If so, make sure you figure that into your budget. Do your research ahead of time and go into your shopping extravaganza with a budget in mind.
- Is the scooter comfortable for you to sit in? This may seem like an obvious statement, but it is important that you know what you are purchasing before you actually purchase it. The downside of purchasing a scooter online is you don’t have the chance to sit in the scooter and make sure it is the right fit for you. Shopping local at a store near you can allow you to test out various scooters and make sure you are pleased with what you are getting.
- What is the weight load on the scooter? This refers to all of the weight-bearing-stress being placed on (or in) the scooter at any one time. If you are overweight or have to carry heavy items on your scooter at times, you want to make sure the scooter expert you are working with is aware of this so that they can find the right scooter to fit your needs.