Mobility Scooter questions

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For someone who wants to get out and about but does not want to drive on roads what are the most inportant decisions before buying a scooter.

It will not need to be dismantled to go into a car.

How possible is to get one into a lift ?

Our building has a garage with a power point reserved for scooters and although the lift in our building is only 36" deep and 26" wide I have seen a person in a mobility scooter getting in to it but it does not seem possible now that I have measured it.  I must seek her out to discover how she does it.

If I can get it upstairs we have a storage cupboard on our landing that is 45" deep with 28" wide doorway but even that seems tight.

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    Don't get a 3 wheel one they are too unstable when you come off a pavement.

    4mph are the ones you are take on the pavement. You need to measure and see if it will fit in your lift only they are difficult to chain down and will go missing. 

    Think about getting a cover if you want to go out in the rain so you don't get wet. 

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      As I said there is a communal garage allocated for them but it is quite a trek to them.

      I had thought that about the 3 wheelers. There is almost a case to make to have two. One for general use and a collapsible one.

      I met someone with a di Blase that he takes on Euro Star and  cruises.

      More amazing were a group of ladies back from a holiday in Peru and about to go to India.

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      I bought a second hand Roma Marbella electric wheelchair from an old established local shop.

      It fits into our lift if I put the footrests up. Did my first outings with it on Saturday and Sunday. Certainly easy to use but our pavements leave a lot to be desired and not having the suspension of a mobility scooter you can feel a lot of bumps. Makes me feel sorry for babies in prams.

      Next step with be to take it on busses and trains.

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    Hi

    I've had numerous ones due to change of need. I now have an electric wheelchair as opposed to a scooter as my arms don't work correctly due to my damaged neck. My wheelchair has a joystick but although it's awkward, it does fold down

    I would seriously do your homework as what's good for one person may not necessarily be good to you. Find a large mobility shop with plenty of different stock, check prices as some shops can be more expensive but may offer good warranties or quick repairs, which is sometimes essential. Check cost of replacement batteries etc and if they charge on or off your scooter, this is important as unfortunately my new wheelchair is onboard charging and a nightmare as I don't really have the space in my small bungalow so I'm looking for an extension to do it.

    Don't rush in. My new chair cost £1100 but my last off road chair( I loved) cost second hand £2400 and I sold it 12 months later for £1400 as I couldn't drive it anymore due to my impringed shoulders.

    Hope this helps

    Research and double check your tick boxes.

    Wendy

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      Than you for that Wendy,

      Which did an article on them some time ago that I will go to a library for.

      At least two companies seem to have a bad reputation for pushy salememen and over pricing.

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