The Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (RICA) provided Britons with a wide range of information on how to purchase a battery-powered mobility scooter, particularly if it is the right equipment for them.
Price serves as the main factor for most buyers, so they should take note that it may cost them between £400 to over £5,000 for a single purchase, depending on their preferred type. Size and quality also affect the price tag on a scooter, according to RICA.
If you intend to use a scooter on the road, you should buy a Class 3 scooter since it can run for long distances. On the other hand, Class 2 variants are ideal for indoor use. Like cars, you should test drive a scooter before planning to buy one. A retailer should allow you to use their product at home if you are unable to pay a visit to the store.
Users should also be aware of the current speed limits for these vehicles— 6 kph on the pavement and 12 kph on the road, RICA advised. Uneven terrain can make a scooter unstable, so drivers need to be sure that they are capable of maintaining their balance. For buying or replacing a battery, a mobility scooter uses three types.
RICA said that lead acid, gel cell and AGM comprise the three main kinds of scooter batteries. Lead acid is more affordable and last longer. However, this type requires the most maintenance. The gel cell type costs more than a lead acid battery, although they run for a shorter time. An advantage of this battery involves no maintenance.
AGM batteries will require you to spend the most. Aside from not having to maintain them, they are shock-resistant and can be carried on planes.
RICA’s purchase guidelines offer some valuable advice, so think carefully before choosing whether or not a scooter is a right choice for you or a loved one.