Your Ultimate Guide To Buying A Mobility Scooter

Author: Nicholas Sutedja   Date Posted:26 May 2020 

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Mobility scooters are an everyday essential for many Australians. Reaching speeds of up to 10km/h and providing superior comfort, mobility scooters allow the elderly and people living with disabilities to move from point A to point B with ease.

At Active Mobility Systems, we offer a wide range of mobility scooters and solutions to make travel simple. We even have models that can be folded and neatly tucked into the back of your car for easy transport and storage. 

But what is the best mobility scooter for your needs, or your patient’s or family member’s needs? There are many different kinds of mobility scooters to choose from, and each scooter is suitable for different disabilities and terrains.

We’re here to make buying a mobility scooter simple. Here, we explore all the different types of mobility scooters available on the market, convenient accessories and add-ons you can purchase, and how to claim your new scooter through the NDIS.

Types of Mobility Scooters

While there are many types of mobility scooters available, each model has its advantages and disadvantages depending on your specific circumstances and needs. Here are some of the most common types to consider when buying a mobility scooter. 

Compact Mobility Scooters

Pride Arctic Ice iRide Portable Scooter

Compact mobility scooters can be disassembled or folded for easier transportation and storage. Most compact scooters have simple designs and features for those who don’t plan to tackle heavier terrains and use their mobility scooter from point A to point B, like heading down to the shops.

Most compact scooters come with a standard basket on the front, meaning you can store your shopping bags or groceries with ease.

However, due to the lightweight and foldable design, compact mobility scooters cannot take as much weight as other every day or heavy-duty mobility scooters. The Pride Revo 2.0, for example, can only take on 170kg of weight while the Shoprider Getabout, the lightest that we stock at 27kg, can hold only up to 90kg.

All in all, compact mobility scooters are an excellent choice for those who want a light, convenient solution for travel and casual use. For higher weights and durability, every day or heavy-duty scooters are a superior choice.

Everyday Mobility Scooters

Shoprider Seka Deluxe mobility scooter

As the name suggests, everyday mobility scooters are used for everyday use. While everyday scooters are heavier than their compact cousins, they are not suitable for those who are aiming to tackle heavy terrain. However, they can manage most hills with ease.

These mobility scooters are made for the elderly and people living with disabilities who want to get out and about without the hassle of packing up their scooter and taking it to and from their home.

Heavy-duty Mobility Scooters

Shoprider 889D mobility scooter

Bariatric scooters are designed for bariatric patients. These scooters are heavily built and have a lot of power, meaning they’re suitable for traversing through hills and tough terrains. Like most mobility scooters, bariatric scooters also have a front basket so you can take your scooter to the shops for your weekly groceries.

Being heavy-duty scooters, it does mean they are bigger than your average scooter. This means that your heavy-duty scooter most likely will not be able to fit into the boot of a car and you may struggle with short, sharp turns or narrow roads.

Comparing Mobility Scooters

Want to compare your mobility scooter options? Be sure to browse through our mobility scooter guide below.

Type of scooter

Benefits

Drawbacks

Best Suited To

Compact

  • Lightweight
  • Flexible
  • Foldable 
  • Great for travelling via plane, train, etc.
  • Fits in the boot of a car 
  • Can be disassembled
  • Takes full weight despite being a lighter scooter
  • 3 & 4 wheel options
  • Electric
  • Eco-friendly
  • Smaller batteries
  • Less range
  • Takes time to disassemble
  • Less power on hills
  • Elderly & disabled patients looking for a light, convenient, foldable scooter for temporary or every day use
  • Travellers

 

Every day

  • Reaches speeds of up to 10km/h
  • Higher range
  • Handles hills well
  • Longer-lasting battery
  • 3 & 4 wheel options
  • No assembly required
  • Accessories
  • Small turning circle
  • Electric
  • Eco-friendly
  • Tougher for travel via plane, train, etc.
  • Heavy
  • Not foldable/able to be disassembled 
  • Elderly & disabled patients looking for a fast, sturdy, long-term mobility solution

Heavy duty

  • High weight capacity
  • Heavy-duty design
  • 3 & 4 wheel options
  • 4 wheel options have a small turning circle
  • Reaches speeds of up to 12km/h
  • Handles hills well
  • Electric
  • Eco-friendly
  • Most not designed for indoor use (3 wheeled options are)
  • Limited turning circle on some models
  • Tougher for travel via plane, train, etc.
  • Heavy
  • Bariatric patients looking for a tough, sturdy, long-lasting mobility solution

Accessories to Consider while Buying A Mobility Scooter

Shoprider Golf Bag Carrier

While mobility scooters are fast and convenient, accessories can make everyday travel more convenient and comfortable. 

Active Mobility Systems has partnered with Shoprider and Quokka to provide our clients with a range of accessories that will be beneficial to them such as cup holders, rear carry bags, and even phone holders.

We offer a wide range of mobility scooter accessories including: 

 

How To Claim A Mobility Scooter Through the NDIS

NDIS logo

Buying a mobility scooter can be an expensive process. However, the NDIS has made it easier for people living with disabilities to access mobility equipment and claiming NDIS funds online is now simpler than ever.

While shopping with us online, simply add your new mobility scooter to your cart. Then, fill in your details and click the NDIS link. Once you reach the payment method, select “Bank Deposit” and then click “Confirm Payment”.

Your order will then be processed and we will be notified that you’re an NDIS participant. Once we receive confirmation, we will process the order and send it to the client’s plan manager or occupational therapist.

Demonstration with Active Mobility Systems

Not sure which mobility scooter is right for you? 

In New South Wales, we offer convenient trials and demonstrations for selected mobility scooters and equipment. If you think you would be suited to a particular product, then either give us a call on 02 9649 2111 or email us at sales@activemobility.com.au

Our friendly sales team will get in touch to discuss options for a trial or demonstration.

Alternatives To Buying A Mobility Scooter

If you’re not ready to commit to a brand new mobility scooter or simply need a temporary scooter, you can hire a mobility scooter instead. 

At Active Mobility Systems, we have premium equipment for short-term hire - from mobility scooters to electric wheelchairs and even patient lifting hoists. Plus, we can also drop off the equipment at your house or you can pick it up from our showrooms in Silverwater or Newcastle.

Alternatively, if you have a mobility scooter in need of repairs, we can take care of that for you, too! Accidents and malfunctions happen. It can be quite distressing when something happens to your mobility scooter - after all, you need it to travel and without it, you can feel stuck.

With more than 25 years of experience, our technicians know mobility scooters inside and out. Our technicians travel to our client’s houses each and every day to repair or service their mobility scooters, so they can get back on the road and back to normal life. 

We also have a functioning workshop so we can service your mobility scooter in-house and have a closer look to see what's malfunctioning.

If there’s ever any trouble with your mobility scooter, just give us a call on 02 9649 2111.

Get In Touch for More Information about Buying A Mobility Scooter

Still feeling a little unsure about what mobility scooter is right for you? Our friendly and experienced team would be more than happy to match you with the ideal scooter for your needs. We have showrooms in Silverwater and Newcastle where we can walk you through the process of buying a mobility scooter, from choosing a model to claiming through the NDIS.

Alternatively, feel free to book a demonstration or trial for yourself, your patient, or your family member. We have mobility scooters available for hire or trial, so you can take your new scooter for a test drive before committing to purchase.

Buying a mobility scooter has never been simpler. Get in touch today!

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