There are a wide range of ‘scooter’ products on the market today – kids’ scooters, motor scooters, snow scooters and even marine scooters. But what is a mobility scooter?
A mobility scooter is different from these other types of scooters as its purpose is to be a mobility aid for elderly and/or disabled people.
How are mobility scooters built?
Mobility scooters are built with a sturdy seat that sits over 3 or 4 wheels. They also have a steering column similar to what is found on a motorcycle and are controlled through a hand throttle that also acts as a brake when released.
Mobility scooters are usually motorised and powered by a rechargeable battery. This battery is stored on the scooter and can be charged either onboard or using a separate battery charger, depending on the model.
Types of mobility scooters
There are many mobility scooters on the market that are designed to suit different lifestyles and needs. At Scooters Australia, we stock a range of choices including small scooters, large scooters, and second hand scooters.
Portable / Travel Mobility Scooters
Portable mobility scooters are a great option for anyone who travels or needs to store their scooter in the boot of the car or another small space. These scooters feature advanced technology that allows them to fold, collapse or be broken apart for easy transport and storage.
The Luggie scooter is a popular option in this category. This lightweight scooter folds in half and is very travel-friendly, fitting in the boot of a car and even on an aeroplane!
Medium Mobility Scooters
Medium mobility scooters, or mid-sized mobility scooters, are slightly larger than portable scooters and feature extra power to perform better on hills and rough terrain, without being bulky. These scooters are ideal for those who love to travel locally – whether it’s trips to the shops, to neighbours’ homes or local events. They can also be used on public transport, making them a great option for getting around town.
Large Mobility Scooters
Large mobility scooters are all about power. They feature excellent suspension, robust motors and are the best option for rough terrain or going up and down hills. They also have large seats with arm rests so are a great option for travelling in comfort.
Second Hand Mobility Scooters
Mobility scooters don’t always have to be brand new to give their user exactly what they need. Buying a second hand scooter is a great way to save money while also preventing a perfectly good scooter being thrown away.
When buying a second hand scooter, make sure you go through an authorised seller who can provide you with the necessary warranties, training services and maintenance checks.