5 Tips When Buying Portable Mobility Vehicles
Portable mobility models are useful and convenient for anyone who has a difficult time walking for long periods of time. They are lightweight, easy to carry around and in some cases, can fold using a wireless key fob. Simply fold it, place it in a vehicle, and take it out when it’s needed.
Since portable models are lightweight, just about anyone can remove it from the vehicle and carry it to where it needs to be used. This is why thousands of such scooters are sold every year to older people and those with disabilities.
If you’re thinking about purchasing a lightweight product for yourself or a loved one, there are some factors you may want to consider.
1. Consider The Weight
Portable mobility units are lightweight, but they still differ in how much they weigh. When you’re looking at different portable models, review the specifications to see how much it weighs before purchasing.
For instance, the ZooMe Auto Flex Folding Scooter weighs 55 pounds. This is for people who can still carry a decent amount of weight.
The Spitfire Scout 3 is much lighter at 29 pounds, so it’s good for individuals who are restricted to only carry less than 30 pounds.
2. Foldable vs. Disassembly
Portable mobility devices come in two different versions: folding units and disassembly ones. Those that fold stay in one piece and collapse down, and the disassembly models come apart into smaller pieces. Those pieces can then be stored in a vehicle or somewhere in the home. When someone needs the scooter, it just needs to be either unfolded or assembled.
Mobility vehicles that fold may seem much easier to use and carry around; however, they are often heavier than disassembly ones. But disassembly scooters are much more complex to setup.
Deciding between the two means knowing what you can do when you’re ready to use it. If you’re buying it for someone who has limited mobility and you won’t be around all the time, it’s probably better to choose a foldable scooter, but if the person can move around well or will have someone around all the time, the disassembly models may work just as well.
3. Choosing New vs. Used Products
This is one of the most common questions people ask when they want to buy a portable model. We do not recommend purchasing a used one because usually, the price difference isn’t that much to make it worth it. The other reason is that when you buy used portable designs, you never really know how much wear and tear it has endured. This can decrease the longevity of the model, which means you may end up buying another one sooner than you wanted.
When you purchase a new portable model, you have the warranty on it, which means if something does go wrong, it can be repaired.
While the decision is up to you when it comes to purchasing new or used, as you research the differences between them, you’ll likely find that new ones are usually the best choice.
4. Decide on Features
Portable models come with many different features. Some will come with the ability to run on rough terrain while others are only suitable for smooth surfaces, such as floors or pavement. There are also features like low backs or high backs and armrests.
It’s better to purchase a portable one that comes with the features you want, so you can be completely satisfied when you use it for the first time.
5. Buy from a Good Manufacturer
There are many brands of portable mobility scooters:
- Drive Medical
- Golden Technologies
- Pride Mobility
- EV Rider
All of the above brands come from good manufacturers. If you veer away from any of these, be sure to research them fully to ensure you purchase a quality product. Many people try to get a good deal on portable designs by purchasing the one with the lowest price, but they end up dealing with problems.The above tips can help you buy a portable unit that will make you happy and give you many years of freedom. For more information on mobility scooters, get in touch with our team by phone on 1-800-674-8395 or live chat.