Mobility Scooters: How to Select the Correct One

Mobility Scooters: How to Select the Correct One

Are you experiencing mobility issues? Perhaps an electric wheelchair or a power scooter is the right option for you. Your freedom to go where you please is critical to enjoy all that life has to offer. This includes simple things like shopping and doctors visits, but more importantly family time. Especially with grand children. Here at Suncoast Mobility we offer a variety of mobility scooters and power wheelchairs that can improve your quality of life and keep you moving as you age gracefully.

The Best Mobility Scooter for Your Needs

Before you deep dive into your research you must first determine what you need from a mobility scooter. Starting this process can be overwhelming but thankfully our team of mobility experts have complied a quick guide to get you started. 

Mobility Scooter Wheels: 3 Wheel vs 4 Wheel

To get started you’ll want to consider the number of wheels on the scooter. Mobility scooters have either three or four wheels so you will have to decide which configuration best suits your needs. You must consider where you plan to use your scooter most consistently. If you plan to primarily be use it indoors, a 3-wheel scooter with a smaller turning radius may be ideal. It is important to also consider door widths to ensure the mobility scooter will fit. If your primary use will be outdoors, a 4-wheel scooter is recommended to better handle various terrains. This means the ground clearance must also be considered to properly traverse outdoor terrain.

Mobility Scooter Comfort and Safety

Two important elements of a mobility scooter are how easy it is to operate and its safety features. Most scooters feature adjustable seats and armrests which allows some customizability. Almost every mobility device comes with safety features such as lights, anti-tip wheels, horn, battery indicator, and our course braking.

Mobility Scooter Portability

It’s important to consider how you will plan transport the mobility scooter if you plan to take it with you. If you will need transportation for your mobility scooter, you can consider purchasing an exterior lift or a portable lift for your vehicle. You may also want to consider a folding or disassembling mobility scooter to prevent having to buy an additional lift.

Mobility Scooter Storage Capabilities

You will want to consider the amount of standard storage that your mobility scooter comes with. If it is not sufficient for you, you may consider adding additional storage options to your scooter to transport your belongings. Options include rear baskets, front baskets (usually standard), under-seat storage, and locking storage compartments. These storage solutions make is simple to bring your items with you on the go.

Mobility Scooter Accessories

There are a wide variety of accessories available to make your scooter that much safer and overall more enjoyable. Whether you’re in need of a cane or crutch holder, rearview mirrors, flag, cell phone holder, cup holder, or a weather cover we offer nearly every accessory you may need.

Before Buying: FAQs about Mobility Scooters

How do I know what mobility scooter is right for my lifestyle?

Before you deep diver into your search, you must determine your exact reasons for needing a mobility scooter. Consider the following questions:

  1. Will I be using the scooter indoors, outdoors, or both?
  2. How much time will be spent per day on the scooter?
  3. Will I be traveling on airplanes or cruise ships with my scooter?
  4. How do I plan to transport the scooter if needed?
  5. What is the drive range of the scooter I am considering?
  6. What is my budget when it comes to purchasing a mobility scooter?

Answer these questions to the best of your ability. Knowing the answers to these questions will aid in narrowing down what type of scooter would best fit your specific needs. Our mobility experts are ready to assist you in regaining your freedom by selecting the right mobility scooter the first time. Contact us today to get started.

How much are mobility scooters?

The cost to purchase a mobility scooter varies widely depending on brand, size, type, and features. Our offerings start at around $1,200.00 to over $3,000 and beyond.

How do I pay for a mobility scooter?

Medicare or your private insurance may cover part of the device if it is medically necessary, but please check with them directly first. You would need to pay for the scooter in full and then seek reimbursement. We do offer financing through multiple third party providers but it is subject to their terms and credit checks. Contact us directly for your special pricing as we can almost always provide you with better pricing than advertised.

What is wireless disassembly?

Most of our folding mobility scooters are equipped with wireless disassembly which allows you to easily transition from assembled to disassembled (into five pieces) in a matter of moments.

How fast are most mobility scooters?

The maximum speed of a mobility scooter is dependent on the engine of the scooter you select but typically the speed ranges from 3-8 miles per hour.

How much are mobility scooters?

The price to purchase a mobility scooter varies depending on brand, size, features, and accessories, but usually runs from around $1,400 to over $3,000 or more.

Does insurance cover mobility scooters?

Insurance may or may not cover the cost (or some of the cost) of your mobility scooter, but it depends on what insurance you have. The process usually takes several months because of paperwork and doctor visits that are needed for final approval. After you are approved you’re also going to be extremely limited to only a few select models. This means you most likely won’t be able to select the better models with all of the features you desire. Please speak with your insurance provider to see if you’re eligible.

Does Medicare help pay for a mobility scooter?

They may, but if they do here at Suncoast Mobility we do not accept payment from them. However, often times they will reimburse you after you purchase directly from us at your discounted price. You will need to meet with your primary care doctor who takes Medicare and they will evaluate your condition and prescribe a mobility scooter if they see fit. The doctor will create you prescription that that will notify Medicare that a mobility scooter is needed.

Contact Us

Our team of mobility experts here at Suncoast Mobility are available by email at or by phone at 727-537-6275. Please call or email at anytime. We cannot wait to assist you in selecting your new mobility scooter. Call or email us today to take advantage of your special discount.

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