How do I choose the scooter that will best fulfill my needs?
You have already decided that using a scooter will improve the quality of your life. You may have decided to purchase a scooter because you want to be able to do the things you want to do independently. You may want to use the scooter to keep up with other people in your life because you do not want to be left out. Whatever your reasons, you want to purchase a scooter and want to make this important purchase wisely.
Here is a list of the important factors to consider when choosing a mobility scooter:
1. Weight or Carrying Capacity of the Scooter: We list this first because it will eliminate some choices right away. You must consider the weight of the rider plus any of the items they may need to carry on the scooter. These items may include groceries, oxygen tanks, walkers, laundry, purchases or anything else that may be carried on the scooter. Additionally, our manufacturers have warned us that, statistically, people who use scooters gain weight because they do not walk as much. It is important to choose an appropriate weight capacity because it will affect the way the scooter functions, for example, over rough ground or up hills. Also, if you are over the manufacturer's listed weight capacity, the warranty will be voided and repairs will not be covered. If your weight and the weight of the things you need to carry on the scooter is close to the weight capacity of the scooter you are considering, it is a good idea to go to a scooter with a higher weight capacity.
Our popular scooters with a weight capacity of less than 280 lbs. include Shoprider's Scootie and XtraLite 4, and IMC Heartway's Comet and Gypsy.
Scooters with 300 lb. weight capacity include Active Care's Spitfire 3 and 4 wheel, IMC Heartway's Bolero and Mirage, Shoprider's Sunrunner 4 888B-4, and Wheelcare's Superlight 3.
Our scooters with a weight capacity of 350 lbs are Golden's Companion II with 3 or 4 wheels, Active Care's Pilot 3 and 4 wheel, and IMC Heartway's Frontier.
Scooters with 400 lb. weight capacity include IMC Heartway's Mystere and Active Care's Prowler 3 and 4 wheel (450 lb capacity).
The scooters we have in our Ebay Store right now with a 500 lb. weight capacity are Active Care's Osprey and Golden's Avenger.
2. Where you are using the scooter:
a. Do you want to use the scooter inside your home or inside a grocery store? If so, you should consider a scooter with a small turning radius, most often a three wheel scooter. You may need to choose a smaller scooter to fit through doorways. Also, something to consider is that some people feel 3 wheel scooters are less stable than a 4 wheel scooter. If you are using the scooter over smooth ground, a 3 wheel scooter should be as stable as a 4 wheel scooter. The truth is the best electric mobility equipment for inside your home is a Power Wheelchair. Power Wheelchairs have a smaller turning radius than any scooter.
Some of the scooters we have in our Ebay Store to consider for this type of usage include Active Care's Spitfire 3 and 4 Wheel, Golden Companion I and Companion II 3 Wheel, Shoprider's Scootie, Wheelcare's Caddy, and IMC Heartway's Comet and Gypsy.
b. Will you be using your scooter outside only to get you to places you want to go and then when you are there you will be walking on your own or using something else to aid your walking such as a walker, rollator, crutches or a cane? You can consider a 4 wheel scooter for stability particularly if you are going to use it over a variety of terrains such as hills, grass, etc. You also might want to consider a mid or full-sized scooter for a more powerful motor to cover a larger distance at a faster speed.
Some of our scooters that might suit these needs include Active Care's Spitfire 4 wheel, Pilot 4 wheel, Prowler 4 wheel, Osprey, IMC Heartway's Mystere, Frontier, Bolero, or Shoprider's Sunrunner 4.
c. Will you be using your scooter both inside and outside? If this is the case, you might want to consider a 3 wheel scooter. In order to get around obstacles you might find inside, you will maneuver more easily with a 3 wheel scooter.
Our 3 wheel scooters that would be good both inside and outside include Active Care's Spitfire 3 wheel, Pilot 3 wheel, Wheelcare's Caddy and Superlight 3, IMC Heartway's Comet and Gypsy, Golden's Companion I and Shoprider's Scootie.
3. Will you need to transport or store your scooter?
If you need to transport your scooter to destinations for use in your car or other vehicle, you must consider the space available for this and the strength required to lift the parts of the scooter when disassembled.
Some scooters, such as the Active Care Spitfire 3 and 4 wheel, the Caddy and Superlight, and Shoprider's Scootie and Xtralite 4 are considered to be Travel Scooters and were designed to be easier to transport in a vehicle or in airplanes without needing great strength or additional equipment such as a lift or ramp. Other scooters like Golden's Companion I, II 3 Wheel and II 4 Wheel come apart easily and into relatively lightweight components to be transported or stored. If you do not need to transport or are not worried about how much space is needed to store your scooter, disregard this.
4. Other considerations include
* how rough the terrain is- for example, if you are driving over tall grass, you will need a higher ground clearance.
* your height- if you are tall, you may need more leg space or if you are small, you might not feel comfortable on a heavy duty, very large scooter.
Choosing a scooter is a very important decision. If you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to email us or call us toll free by phone at 888-972-2300. We are willing and able to help you make the best choice for your personal needs.