6 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Mobility Scooter

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Mobility Scooter

A mobility scooter will increase your mobility but often times it is not discussed that it may lead to the user to get less exercise. It is important that if you still have decent mobility to be sure to continue to keep moving. Also, there seems to be a lack of training in how to properly use and maintain a mobility scooter. This could lead to accidents and other issues down the road. If you are considering purchasing a mobility scooter you should first ask yourself the following questions:

1. What are your own physical challenges? 

People with neurological issues may lack the balance and strength to steer or get on and off the scooter. Overall cognition and eyesight are tow other things to consider. The user needs to be able to see where they are doing so they can safely operate their mobility scooter. Folks who have shoulder, hand, wrist, or finger issues may not be able to safely operate a mobility scooter. You need to be sure you possess the dexterity to control the throttle and brake. Be sure to consider if you plan to transport your mobility scooter or not. A lot of folding mobility scooters will weigh anywhere between 42 - 60 lbs. If you plan to purchase disassemble capable mobility scooter or plan to lift your mobility scooter you need to be sure your knees, back, and overall strength are up to the task.


Golden Technologies Buzzaround XLS 4-Wheel Mobility Scooter with User Outside


2. Where and how often will you use your scooter? 

This is one of the most important questions you need to ask yourself. For indoor scooters you need to look into things like turning radius and with. You should study the dimensions of the scooters you are researching as well as the door and hallway widths. Where you plan to store your scooter indoors is also something to consider. Larger mobility scooter often times have more features and can be used more easily outside. Just because they can be used outdoors we highly suggest not barreling into loose gravel, sand, or bumpy terrains. If you are outdoorsy we recommend looking at a scooter with suspension, larger tires, and a higher ground clearance.

3. Do you prefer a Three-Wheel or Four-Wheel mobility scooter?

When selecting a mobility scooter you must decide between a three-wheel or four-wheel mobility scooter. Three-wheel mobility scooters will include a much tighter running radius than its 4-wheel counterpart. This makes them extremely maneuverable in spaces like hallways in your home. However, if you are looking for a more stable option you should consider a four-wheel mobility scooter. Four-wheel mobility scooters are always more stable than the three-wheel models, but you will have a larger turning radius.

Golden Technologies Buzzaround XLS-HD Disassembling Three-Wheel Mobility Scooter in Red

Golden Technologies Buzzaround XLS-HD 


4. Do you need something portable?

Depending on your lifestyle portability may be a major factor. We offer a wide range of mobility scooters that are lightweight and easy to transport. From the manually folding cruise ship friendly Buzzaround CarryOn to the ultra lightweight 51 lbs. airline approved EV Rider 4AF. Not everything that is portable utilizes folding technologies. The Golden Technologies Buzzaround line features many models that all use a quick 5-step wireless disassembly. Be sure that if you are considering a portable mobility scooter that you can either lift the mobility scooter or its heaviest part once its broken down.

5. What is your height and weight?

Don't buy a mobility scooter based on the weight capacity alone. You should also consider your height if you plan to use the mobility scooter for an extended period of time. If you are on the taller said say, 5’10” and up, you want to consider a scooter that is overall longer. For example the Golden Technologies Buzzaround LX 4-Wheel is 44" long which will provide ample legroom compared to most standard mobility scooters. Be sure you also select a mobility scooter with an ample weight capacity. Regarding the weight capacity if you are too close to the weight capacity you may see a shorter battery life and more wear on the scooter itself. 

6. Do you need suspension?

Many different models of scooters are now offering shock suspension. Suspension will aid in softening bumps which will lead to a more comfortable ride. Having suspension is important if you plan to use your mobility scooter mostly outdoors. Basically the suspension will allow you to tackle various terrains without your body absorbing the majority of the bumps. This feature will increase your comfort dramatically.


 Golden Technologies Buzzaround Mobility Scooter Suspension System

Golden Technologies Buzzaround LX Suspension

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