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    Guide to buying mobility scooter?

    I find I have now got to the stage where I am thinking of buying a mobility scooter. The only problem is I know very little about them, other than I know it won’t be travelling in the boot of a car or on the road.
    Does anyone know of a basic guide to buying one (preferably not published by a company trying to sell their own models) – there seem to be so many different models out there all varying in prices and specs it just seems a mine field.
    I thought if there was some sort of a guide as to the different types and what to look for it would prepare me a bit in advance before I start the serious shopping around. A reconditioned one might be a good idea to start off, but again I need to know a bit more about them.
    Thank you!
    Janna

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    #203147
    Reply To: Guide to buying mobility scooter?

    Hello and welcome Janna. You inicate that you do not want it to be in the book of a car or on the road. Where do you want it to be used, as that will define what you need and how much you pay?If its just for in the house then you might find some form of powered chair would be better. The last one I bought was second hand. Five years later it is need some new batteries again. I would wholeheartedly suggest you look at the second hand market, espeically as oyu are not thinking of covering long distances.
    These may help

    https://www.ridc.org.uk/features-reviews/out-and-about/choosing-wheelchair/mobility-scooters/mobility-scooters-checklist

    https://www.independentliving.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Choosing-a-mobility-scooter.pdf

    If you find you have specific questions, or want advice about particular models you can always come back here for more detailed advice.\

    Mike

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    #203148
    Reply To: Guide to buying mobility scooter?

    Thanks for replying Mike. The 2 links contain exactly the info I was looking for.

    I would be using the scooter mainly for travelling around locally on pavements and going into town which is about a round trip of 3 miles (mainly on the flat). I won’t be wanting to put it in the boot of a car as I haven’t a car and where I live the roads are too busy so don’t fancy risking one on the roads. I’m just finding I get so tired now just walking very short distances that it would be so nice to be able to get about more without having to use quite so much energy.
    I have discovered a Shopmobility Scheme is in operation not too far away so I may go and give one a try. I can drive but I’m afraid of running into people with a scooter but I should think it’s a matter of confidence and I tell myself they can’t be that diificult to operate as plenty of people use them!

    Thanks again
    Janna

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    Reply To: Guide to buying mobility scooter?

    I got a TGA Breeze S4 a few weeks ago, and am very happy with it. If I get another one in a couple of years time, it will be the three wheeled Breeze S3. It is much tighter turning circle. I only bought the four wheeler because it had the hard canopy. I ended up having to get the canopy removed, due to struggling to get in and out of my house without scraping the door frames.

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