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With so many mobility scooters on the market, choosing the right one for you can be a hard decision. Not only are there dozens of suppliers who specialise in mobility vehicles and scooters for the disabled or elderly, but there are also many second-hand sites like gumtree.co.uk, amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk which also provide discounted models, often in good condition.
What’s more, you may be looking for a particular brand of mobility scooter, or a specific type which will best suit your needs. This is why doing your own research beforehand is essential. Knowing about whether a Class 2 or a Class 3 vehicle is better for you, or whether you’ll find 3 wheels or 4 wheels easier to manage will assist you in narrowing down the wide range of choice.
It’s worth visiting suppliers to gauge their opinions by chatting to them, and that way you can also ‘try before you buy’ in stores and shops.
In short, all mobility scooters fall within a UK Class and therefore have speed-restrictions placed upon them, as well as given highways and public areas they can and cannot be used.
Make sure you are up to speed on the legal requirements of the particular mobility scooter you wish to buy as you may contravene UK law should you use the vehicle inappropriately.
Also consider that smaller, more lightweight mobility scooters can fold away to be transported more easily in the boot of a car. Other more robust models cannot, and it’s beneficial to think about your lifestyle to decide whether the transportation of your mobility scooter is going to be an issue or whether you simply need it for use from your home to the nearest shop.
As with any consumer product, prices will vary depending on the additional features and accessories you choose. Mobility scooters can range from £150 for second or third-hand lightweight Class 2 models, right up to £5000 for top-of-the-range faster vehicles with extra features added.
You should inform yourself on the government website at https://www.gov.uk/mobility-scooters-and-powered-wheelchairs-rules for rules and regulations regarding licences and competency requirements.
Lastly, if you receive Disability Living Allowance at the higher rate for mobility you could use all or part of it to obtain a scooter through the Motability scheme www.motability.co.uk.
In addition, AFTAID (www.aftaid.org.uk) is a charity providing grants to individuals over retirement age and on low income.