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A mobility scooter is very useful for those suffering from mobility issues and they can be used to help them regain some of their former freedom. However, they can be fairly expensive. If you look into a used mobility scooter, you might just find a solution to your mobility problems at an affordable price.
Begin by checking with your insurance provider about your coverage. Some insurance companies will pay for part of the cost of a mobility scooter and others will pay for it in full. This should be your first approach if you are looking at getting a mobility scooter. If you don't have any luck with your insurance company, buying a used mobility scooter will save you lots of money.
Mobility scooters are built to last a long time, so buying a used one shouldn't be a major concern. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind before buying a used mobility scooter.
Battery Powered Scooter
The battery is probably the most important thing to consider when buying a mobility scooter. Get the owner to charge the battery and try it after. You don't necessarily have to keep the battery that the mobility scooter comes with but having an operating one when you first get it is a good thing. Tires are the next item on the checklist. Again, these can be replaced but having a working set is a positive thing. Small smooth tires are best for indoor use or on paved sidewalks.
Larger tires with more texture are great for uneven ground or rough surfaces. Finally, sit down in the seat. It should feel comfortable and meet all of your current requirements. Of course, you can always buy a seat that better suits your needs, but this is important to get a feel for the scooter. The material of the seat is also important, while vinyl seats are easier to clean compared to cloth seats, they can get hot and sticky if it is hot and humid outdoors.
Replacing Mobility Scooter Parts
The mobility scooter has many features that can easily be replaced or upgraded. That way you can customize the scooter to your exact requirements. You can upgrade to new batteries, chargers, tires, seats etc. If there is anything that you don’t like on the used scooter, it can be easily replaced.
It is always a good idea to talk to the previous user of the scooter if possible. Find out how the scooter was used and if there were any problems you should know about. It is an important decision, you should find out as much as possible so you can make an informed buying decision. Also, keep in mind how easy it is to upgrade the mobility scooter and replace any worn out parts.