Mobility Scooter Frequently Asked Questions

Mobility Scooter Frequently Asked Questions

How much do Mobility Scooters cost?

Mobility scooters vary fairly widely in price, starting at as low as $1,200 like the Golden Technologies Buzzaround LT 3-wheel. However some heavy-duty mobility scooters can cost up to over $5,000 like the Merits Health Silverado Extreme. There is vast variation in these prices depending on the individual model and brand. These price fluctuate according to speed, drive range, folding capabilities, and tons of other features. If you like to travel compact folding mobility scooters tend to be cheaper than the average full size scooter. Your mid-sized disassembling mobility scooters like the Buzzaround EX tend to be cheaper than automatic folding scooters. Three-wheel travel scooters are usually less expensive than larger four-wheel disassembling scooters. Full-sized three-wheel mobility scooters are less expensive than full-sized four-wheel mobility scooters by around $500-$600. Heavy-duty mobility scooters usually start at a price slightly below full-size scooters. Recreational all-terrain mobility scooters are significantly more expensive than most other mobility scooter models.


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Will Medicare cover my mobility scooter?

In the United States of America you may be able to fund your mobility scooters through Medicare part B. Your primary care doctor will have to determine if the mobility scooter is medically necessary. Schedule a visit with your primary care doctor to see if you qualify.

How far will a mobility scooters travel?

The travel range of a mobility scooter can travel on a full battery charge will depend on factors such as the rider's weight, the terrain, how fast you going, and if the battery is properly conditioned / fully charged. When the manufacturer provides a drive range they assume that the mobility scooter is being used on a  flat surface with like new tires, on a fully charged battery, and that the user weighs  less than the weight capacity without carrying anything else. Overall  full-sized three and four-wheel mobility scooters have longer travel ranges than compact portable travel mobility scooters.

What are the differences between mobility scooters and power wheelchairs?

Both mobility scooters and power wheelchairs may be suitable for indoor and outdoor use, but overall mobility scooters are better suited for outdoor. Power wheelchairs are more often than not more suited for indoor use. Not so say that they both styles of mobility devices cannot be used in both scenarios. Mobility scooters are controlled by tillers or steering columns and power wheelchairs are controlled by joysticks with one hand. If you plan to use a mobility scooters the user must be able to sit upright for the duration of use. If the user cannot do this it is possible a power wheelchair is a better option as their seats offer more support.

How am I supposed transport a scooter?

If you plan to travel with your mobility scooter you must consider whether the mobility scooter disassembles or folds. Then you need to consider if you or your helper can lift the weight of the mobility scooter to put it in your vehicle. If the mobility scooter is too heavy you can also purchase a portable mobility scooter lift to assist you with this process. 

Can you take a mobility scooter on a plane?

Compact portable mobility scooters like the Transformer 2 automatic folding mobility scooter are airline and cruise ship approved. Always contact the air or cruise line ahead of time to be sure they are aware you are brining your mobility scooter. You can bring folding or disassembling mobility scooters with you on the plane. These mobility scooters are usually lighter than your  full-sized mobility scooters.

How much does a mobility scooter weigh?

Each different model of mobility scooter will all weigh something different. This depends on many factors including the overall size of the scooter, amount of wheels, battery size, and whether it disassembles into parts or folds. Always refer to the manufacturer’s specifications for accurate information regarding the total weight. Folding mobility scooters will be lighter than your bigger three-wheel or free-wheel mobility scooters.

Is a licensed required to operate a mobility scooter?

The short answer is no. For more accurate information refer to your states regulations on if a mobility scooter user is considered a pedestrian. Please also refer to your local bylaws to see if your electric mobility scooter or power wheelchair is allowed for use on sidewalks and paved bike paths.

What are the best mobility scooter for seniors?

The best mobility scooter for seniors is unique to on the person's individual needs and intended overall use. Below are a couple of our favorites from the most popular categories across the market.

Best Manual Folding Mobility Scooter for Travel: Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn

Golden Technologies Buzzaround CarryOn Manual Folding Mobility Scooter

Best Automatic Folding Airline Approved Mobility Scooter: EV Rider Transport 4AF

EV Rider Transport 4AF Automatic Folding Airline Approve Mobility Scooter

Lightest Portable Airline Approved Folding Mobility Scooter: EV Rider Transport M

EV Rider Transport M Manual Folding Portable Mobility Scooter

Best Disassembling Three-Wheel Mobility Scooter: Golden Technologies Buzzaround LX

Golden Technologies Buzzaround LX Three-Wheel Disassembling Mobility Scooter

Best Disassembling Four-Wheel Mobility Scooter: Golden Technologies Buzzaround EX

Golden Technologies Buzzaround EX Four-Wheel Disassembling Mobility Scooter


Best Recreational All-Terrain Mobility Scooter: EWheels EW-52

EWheels EW-52 Recreational Mobility Scooter in Red

Best Heavy Duty Off-Road Mobility Scooter: Golden Technologies Eagle

Golden Technologies Eagle Four-Wheel Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter













Questions? Contact Us.

When trying to determine the mobility scooter for your needs it’s important to take into account what specifically you are looking for from the device. Our team of mobility experts are here to guide you every step of the way. Please do not hesitate to call us at (727) 537-6275 or email us at We look forward to speaking with you.

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