If you’ve started to find it tricky to get around you might be considering investing in a mobility scooter. But like buying a car, there is a lot to consider and a lot of different options out there, including scooters that are small and portable and some that are larger and sturdier.

We’ve put together a helpful guide on how you can pick the right mobility scooter for you, whether you want something to nip to the shops in or something that can go a bit further.

What do you intend to use it for?

What you plan to use your scooter for can have an impact on the type of scooter that’s right for you.

Around the house

If you’re looking for something to help you move around your home it’s best to get something small and mobile. Or a scooter that dismantles into individual pieces for ease of lifting and storage – consider a Powerchair or 3 wheel Scooter

To the shops

If you’re planning to get something to go to the shops in, whether that’s an occasional trip to local shops or something to fit into a car boot, look for something small and foldable.

Why not try:

Our Go Go range are the easiest scooters to take apart and reassemble, which is ideal if you want to put your scooter in the boot of a car to go somewhere further. They are designed in America and are sold world wide to thousands of satisfied customers due to their tried and tested components

Go Go Elite Traveller Plus 4: This is the our top Go Go scooter, that offers are larger battery than the more basic option as well as a more powerful motor.

Benefits:

Larger 18amp Battery
Range of up to 13 miles
9” wheels for better ground clearance
Battery can be changed independently of the scooter
23 Stone weight limit

If you’re looking for something that offers a smoother ride try the Go Go Elite Traveller 4 LX that has suspension in the seat post, as well as a tiller-mounted charging point to make it easier to plug your scooter into charge.

As an alternative to a car

If you want to take your scooter further afield, you would be best looking for one with a larger battery as well as suspension.

Drive Cobra Mobility Scooter

This state of the art scooter has a modern and stylish design that has a full suspension for added comfort which is ideal for long range. It also features lights and indicators meaning you can take it on the road if you need to.

  • Modern and stylish design
  • Travels up to 8mph, 4mph on pavement
  • Fully adjustable seats
  • Range of up to 30 miles
  • 29 Stone weight limit

The terrain (type of ground) you plan to use it on

The terrain the scooters are on can have an effect on the range of the scooter, as well as the type of suspension you would want to consider

If you’re travelling up and down slopes and hills, this can have a dramatic affect on the battery life of your scooter and therefore how far you can go. If you live in a particularly hilly area, you should consider a scooter with a bigger battery and larger weight limit which will handle the extra stress on the scooter.

Why not try...

Style Plus Superior Mobility Scooter If you’re planning to go further on your scooter, try the Style Plus Superior with its larger 20 ah battery and suspension to help reduce the effects of uneven pavements.

Benefits:

Travels at speeds of up to 4mph

Has a range of up to 13 miles due to the larger capacity 20 ah battery

Increased comfort due to suspension and comfortable seat which can swivel 360?

Can dismantle into 5 pieces, if you want to pop it in your boot when travelling

Tiller Charging point so you don’t have to bend down when charging the batteries

Front Headlight for increased visibility

20 Stone weight limit

Comfort:

Scooters can come with varying degrees of suspension. This is what can absorb shocks and bumps from the ground so you feel their impact less. If you’re planning to use your scooter on flat, smooth ground you might not need to get anything with suspension. If you’re using it on more bumpy terrain you might want to consider a scooter with some suspension so you will be comfortable.

Why not try...

Style Plus Superior Mobility Scooter If you’re planning to go further on your scooter, try the Style Plus Superior with its larger 20 ah battery and suspension to help reduce the effects of uneven pavements.

Benefits:

Travels at speeds of up to 4mph

Has a range of up to 13 miles due to the larger capacity 20 ah battery

Increased comfort due to suspension and comfortable seat which can swivel 360?

Can dismantle into 5 pieces, if you want to pop it in your boot when travelling

Tiller Charging point so you don’t have to bend down when charging the batteries

Front Headlight for increased visibility

20 Stone weight limit

Tyres:

There are different types of tyres available for scooters. There are:

  • Solid Rubber Tyres: these tyres are difficult to puncture, but can be more uncomfortable. A scooter with solid rubber tyres are better for short distances and occasional use
  • Pneumatic Tyres: these tyres tend to be more comfortable as they can absorb some of the unevenness of the terrain. But, they can get punctures. You may want to consider asking us about adding puncture sealant to your tyres to help prevent punctures

Your body

Your height, weight and physical ability can determine which scooter is best for you.

  • If you’re taller you might find the smaller scooters uncomfortable, so may want to consider a larger model.
  • The heavier you are the less mileage you would get out of a scooter. It will also affect the gradients you can climb. Each scooter has a weight limit on it; try to find a scooter where you’re lower than the weight limit to get the best out of the range. (try to choose a scooter where you are considerably under its maximum weight limit to ensure best performance)
  • Our scooters are configured to right hand controls as standard, but if you have difficulty with your right arm call us on 01772 459944 (8am to 8pm) and talk to us about getting the scooter   converted to left-hand-control.
  • When looking at a scooter, it’s best to consider what you can comfortably do. If you find lifting and moving things difficult and want a small and compact scooter, look for one that folds up electronically so you don’t have to do the heavy lifting. Or a scooter that dismantles into separate pieces.
Why not try...

Genie + Electric Folding Scooter – Best for ease of folding up

This scooter is lightweight and can fold and unfold at the touch of the button, making it the ideal travel companion. It features a lithium battery and solid tyres.

Benefits:

Travel friendly

Low 27.5 kg weight

Folds up electronically, so you don’t have to struggle with it

Solid tyres

Speed of up to 4mph

21 Stone weight limit

Price

One thing all of us consider when buying something is the price. But try not to let it influence your decision completely, there are times when spending just that little bit extra can mean your find a scooter that is more suited to your needs.

It’s also worth considering insurance; and extended warranty. The manufacturer’s warranty will only cover you against things that fail mechanically on the scooter. If you insure your scooter, it can cover you for things like theft and vandalism, or personal liability. For more information about insurance, and to find out which policy is best for you, call 0333 920 0677.

How to shop:

Shop online

Call 01772 459944 – if you’re not sure what scooter would suit you best, or if you have questions about any of the products call and talk to one of our experts.