When purchasing a mobility scooter from AvaCare Medical, you can be sure of three things: quick free delivery, reliable service and a great selection of options to meet your individual needs.
If you’re not sure what you need, or don’t know what your options are, the following guide will walk you through the most important considerations when buying a power scooter.
Although there are several features that make different models of medical scooters stand apart from each other, there are some basic features that come standard with most scooters. These features include a high battery capacity to ensure longer drives on a single charge, a swivel chair to allow the user to get on and off easily, and a tiller to control speed and direction.
The following are some of the most important features to consider when purchasing a mobility scooter.
1. How Much Do Mobility Scooters Cost?
Mobility scooters can cost anywhere between $650 to $6,000, depending on the features and quality of the scooter you choose. While most power scooters are designed well and built to last, more deluxe and attractive models can get more expensive. On the other hand, it’s important to note that the cheaper models are often easier to transport, since they are built with more basic frames that come apart easier and weigh less – which brings us to the next point…
2. Are Mobility Scooters Easy to Transport?
Not all mobility scooters are created equal in this aspect. Look out for scooters that can be taken apart into smaller, more manageable parts. The weight of the heaviest part is often listed on the product page, and this can be helpful in knowing whether that particular scooter is something you will be able to transport on your own. Another option is a folding scooter such as this one, however keep in mind that folding scooters can be a lot more expensive than the basic travel scooters that can be taken apart.
3. What’s the Difference Between 3-Wheel and 4-Wheel Scooters?
When choosing a medical scooter, you’ll need to know whether you prefer a 3 wheel or 4 wheel scooter. While 3 wheel scooters are usually somewhat cheaper than 4 wheel scooters, the primary consideration should probably be whether the primary use of the scooter will be indoors or outdoors. 4 wheel scooters have the advantage of a smoother ride, making them easier to use on uneven and rough outdoor terrain. 3 wheel scooters, on the other hand, have a better turning radius, allowing for improved maneuverability in tighter indoor spaces. Another advantage of 3 wheel scooters is that they provide more legroom.
4. Is the Weight Capacity Sufficient for My Weight?
The weight capacity on the scooter you choose is very important. Medical scooters will have weight capacities of up to 500 lbs., but manufacturers generally recommend choosing a scooter that offers a higher capacity than the actual weight of the user, since heavier users will drain the battery quicker and shorten its lifespan.
5. How Much Do Mobility Scooters Weigh?
Medical scooters can weigh nearly 400 lbs., but there are more lightweight options with an overall weight as low as 85 lbs. One of our most popular mobility scooters, the Bobcat X4, has an overall weight of 93 pounds, and its heaviest piece when disassembled is only 38 pounds, making it extremely easy to transport. The Bobcat X3, which is comparable to the X4 but has 3 wheels instead of 4, is even lighter.
If you have questions or need more guidance with your purchase, call us today – we’re here to help you every step of the way!