Choosing the Best Mobility Lift

Matching your vehicle with the options of mobility devices is easy with the Scooter Direct Compatibility Calculator. But selecting the right auto lift to fit your needs also depends on your physical capabilities.  Below is an explanation to help you understand the physical requirements of the different lifts.

If more than one lift category will work for you, compare the ease of various types of lifts.  In general, Outside Lifts are the easiest and require the least amount of physical labor to load and unload.  Hybrid Lifts are the middle of the road choice and Inside lifts typically require the most strength and dexterity.

Here are the Physical Requirements you should consider:

ALL Lift users must be able to:

  • Walk from front to rear of the vehicle and back
  • Stand for two to three minutes while the lift operates

Outside Vehicle Lift users must also be able to:

Hybrid Auto Lift users must also be able to:

  • Drive or push the mobility device on and off the platform
  • Hold down a button on the hand control while the vehicle lift operates
  • Fold the seat back of the mobility device or scooter till for its most compact position
  • For Retractor Straps, lean over and pull strap end to connect hook to mobility device.
  • Twist knob to increase tension and tighten straps
  • For Dock and Lock units.  Drive onto platform.  Verify green light is illuminated.  Drive off in reverse to unload.
  • Sample Lifts: Harmar AL600, Pride Backpacker lift

Inside Auto Lift users must also be able to:

  • Attach docking device to mobility device: May require bending or kneeling with adequate hand dexterity, balance and strength
  • Fold the seat back of the mobility chair or the scooter tiller to its most compact position
  • Apply pressure to hold button on hand-held control while lift operates
  • Guide the mobility device to avoid interference while raising, rotating, and entering the vehicle through a complete lift cycle.
  • Sample Lifts: Harmar AL225, Harmar AL425, Pride Silverboom 250

Choosing the right Scooter Lift or Power wheelchair lift is as important as choosing the right scooter or power wheelchair.  Choosing the wrong one can impact your willingness to take a trip due to the difficulty of using the lift.

Let Scooter Direct assist you with this selection and you will be sure to get the best vehicle lift for the best price available.  See our full selection at www.ScooterDirect.com

Mobility Products for People Who Have Had Bariatric Procedures

If you’ve had a bariatric procedure to lose weight, it takes time to reach your ideal body size.  Meantime, if you have problems getting around you’ll need to shop for mobility products that are built to accommodate people who might weigh over 350 pounds. At ScooterDirect.com, an online store that specializes in mobility aids, you can find a complete selection of wheelchairspower chairs, walkers, mobility scooters and home care products. In fact, ScooterDirect.com features a special bariatric category stocked with heavy-duty equipment designed to make life easier and more comfortable for patients and their caregivers.

Following is a list of products designed for people who weigh 350 pounds or more, along with hints on what to look for when making your purchases:

Wheelchairs – Look for steel constructed wheelchairs durably designed to accommodate you comfortably. These wheelchairs should have extra wide seating. Weight specifications will be listed in the product description and accompanying literature.

Power chairsHeavy duty power chairs boast extra support, electric motors optimized to bear larger load weights and extra-wide seats.  The Pacesaver Scout Boss 4-5 Heavy Duty Model is especially comfortable with its luxurious contoured Com-For-Back seat.

Walking aids – Bariatric walking aids include steel crutches designed to support someone who weighs more than 500 pounds, and solidly built walkers such as the Go Lite Oversized Steel Rollator Model 10215BL-1 / 10215RD-1, designed for people who weigh as much as 400 pounds and the Bariatic Safety Roller Model CE 1000 XL built for people who weigh 500 pounds.

Bariatic Safety Roller
Bariatic Safety Roller Model CE 1000 XL

Mobility Scooters – High weight-bearing scooters include powerful machines that can carry 400 to 500 pounds. The Prowler Heavy Duty Power Scooter comes with all the bells and whistles including 500 lbs. weight capacity, front and rear wheel suspension, and reclining, foldable 360° swivel Captain′s Chair with headrest. It even comes with a safety package that features lights, horn, turn signals, mirrors and hand brake.  Homecare Products – ScooterDirect.com features an extra wide and tall portable toilet seat with legs.  Built to withstand as much as 600 pounds, the Extra Wide Tall Etta Elevated Toilet Seat with Legs and comes with Madda-Comfort Armrests for additional comfort.

Prowler Heavy Duty

Prowler Heavy Duty Power Scooter

To order the bariatric product you need for maximum comfort and mobility visit ScooterDirect.com where you will find the best deals from top manufacturers including Ableware, Drive Medical, ActiveCare Medical, Pride Mobility Products, and Shoprider Mobility.

Mobility Scooter Maintenance Tips

It’s not difficult to keep your mobility scooter in tip-top running condition because the majority run on sealed gel batteries, you won’t have to worry about leakage, while high-quality charging systems prolong battery life. Built-in safety devices are designed to keep you injury free.  Mobility scooters utilize solid-state electronic controls for acceleration and braking purposes.  Safety devices incorporated into today’s mobility scooters help to protect the operator from injury. Other than adjustments to the seat, tiller handle and arm rests (for comfort purposes), adjustment is limited. Nonetheless, all of the scooter’s components require periodic inspection and maintenance to maintain the scooter in a safe and dependable state.

Following is a simple maintenance checklist:

1. Before you use your mobility scooter, read your manual thoroughly. The instruction manual will have great maintenance tips.

2. Before you get on your scooter, check your ignition to make sure it starts.

3. Once your scooter is started, try your horn and indicator lights to be certain they are sure your horn and indicator lights are working properly. If they are not, your battery may be weakening.

4. Check your seat and arm rest to make sure they are secure. Tighten if necessary.

5. Follow the manufacturer’s battery maintenance schedule so you will know how to properly charge your batteries and how often to charge them.

6. Clean your scooter daily. A damp cloth will remove most dust and smudges.

7. Check your tires frequently to make sure they have the proper air pressure or are not worn. Small, inflatable tires tend to lose pressure easily.

8. Keep your scooter dry. Do not drive it through puddles or wet lawns. Even routine household moisture can rust your scooter. Most importantly, keep it out of the rain; cover the scooter if it is necessary to leave it outside.

9. Take your scooter to a repair shop for regular maintenance and safety inspections. A qualified maintenance shop can check your belts, make sure your motor is operating property and keep your machine lubricated if you are unable to do so yourself.

Proper care and maintenance will keep your mobility scooter running safely. After all, it’s one of the most valuable and necessary products you own – it makes sense to make sure your scooter is working properly at all times.

Shopping for a mobility scooter?

Visit ScooterDirect.com, America’s Largest Mobility Store where you will find great deals on mobility scooters, wheelchairs, power chairs, scooter lifts and ramps, walking aids, and mobility accessories.

Zipr Roo 3 Wheel Scooter

Looking For The Best Discount Mobility Scooter?

You need a mobility scooter but you’re on a budget which means you are shopping for the best mobility scooter at a discounted price.  Price is important but before you buy, take advantage of our years of experience servicing customers that bought a scooter without this information and ended up paying more than they wanted.

 

Used Mobility Scooters – We receive calls from people who just purchased a used scooter.  The scooter is not working and they want assistance getting it working.  The first question we ask is “what model scooter do you have?” and the answer, all too often, is “I don’t know but it’s red”.   Don’t buy a scooter if you do not know the model, even if it looks like-new, there are too many unknowns.  The scooter you bought could also be a discontinued model and parts may no longer be available which means you have lost your total investment.  Also, used scooters almost always need new batteries which can run between $100 and $600 depending on the scooter. Second most often issue is the charger is missing or broken which will cost between $99 and $350 to replace.

Discount Scooter Models – When shopping for a low-priced mobility scooter you should consider factors other than just the initial purchase price.  If you consider price only, you may buy a scooter from a disreputable vendor or a manufacturer that cuts so many corners the scooter is one bump away from being a big paperweight.  Also consider if parts are going to be available in the future; is anyone in your zip code qualified to work on the scooter; what is the warranty, and how do you get parts under warranty.

Best Name-Brand Discount Mobility Scooter Models – Below are a few products that have a good reputation, good warranty and are also low priced options for the budget conscious.

Manufacturer and Model

Weight Capacity

Warranty

Price

Zipr Roo Scooter – 3 wheel

250

1 Year Parts Only

$589

Pride Go Go ES 2, 3 Wheel

250

1 Year Parts and Labor

$749

Lynx L-3 Three Wheel Microportable

300

1 Year Parts Only

$779

Zipr Roo 4 wheel

250

1 Year Parts Only

$669

EV Rider MiniRider

275

1 Year Parts Only

$739

Pride Go Go Ultra X 4 Wheel

260

1 Year Parts and Labor

$879

 

The scooters listed here will give you the assurance of a reliable product, long life, reputable manufacturer, easy availability of parts and will be easy to find a technician to service this model in the event of a malfunction.

Reputable Dealer – Last but not least, you want to consider who you purchase from.  You can almost always find some company on the internet to sell you something cheap but think about the potential consequences.  If there is a problem with the delivery such as damage or the wrong color, or if the scooter stops working the week after delivery, you want to make sure that when you call for support, someone on the other end will be there and be interested in making it right.  Check the dealer out before buying, for example check their Better Business Bureau rating.

ScooterDirect.com is an A+ rated company that helped thousands improve their independence using electric mobility scooters, power chairs, mobility lifts, wheelchairs and lift chairs.  We know you will be pleased with the exceptional service we offer.

GO GO ELITE TRAVELLER PLUS 3 Wheel

GO GO ELITE TRAVELLER

Choosing the Lift Chair that Fits Your Needs AND Your Home Décor

While wheelchairs, walkers and power chairs are functional rather than fashionable, lift chairs can fit right in with your color scheme. Designed for people who have trouble rising from a seated position, a lift chair gradually lifts you to a standing position and eases you back into the chair. Lift chairs are designed for individuals who find it difficult to sit or rise from an ordinary chair. Unlike wheelchairs, which are moved frequently from place to place, lift chairs become part of your home décor. Because they typically plug into a wall outlet, they often are situated in the same location. In fact, lift chairs make such a dramatic difference in people’s lives, your lift chair will quickly become your favorite piece of furniture.

Fortunately, ScooterDirect.com carries a wide assortment of lift chairs in attractive colors and fabrics from top manufacturers including Golden Technologies and Pride Mobility. Choosing just right fit for you and your home is just a click away. Consequently, you or your caregiver will be able to choose a lift chair that will fit right in with your home’s color schemes and design. It’s important to note that you can’t just select a lift care without considering the height of the disabled person, along with his or her weight, and whether he or she would be more comfortable in a chair with arms or without. Making your selection in consultation with an experienced caregiver or your healthcare provider might be your easiest option, although most buyers conduct their own research.

What to Look for in a Lift Chair

You shouldn’t have to worry whether your lift chair will carry your weight because most can hold at least 325 pounds. However, the height of the disabled person is an important consideration when selecting the seat depth of a chair. If the disabled person is incontinent a vinyl surface is a good idea. Zero Gravity chairs are designed to relieve neck and back pain by allowing you to rise from a reclining position. These special lift chairs were designed by NASA scientists to relieve back and neck pain in. If style matters to you nearly as much as comfort, you will find the lift chair that fits your needs. For more information on lift chairs visit ScooterDirect.com.

Pride LC-525 Zero-Gravity Position

Pride LC-525 Zero-Gravity Position

The New Drive Medical Cobra GT4 Heavy Duty Scooter Is Now Available At ScooterDirect.com!

 

Scooter Direct now offers the New Cobra GT 4 wheel mobility scooter with a  are 450 lb capacity, 35 miles driving range at a top speed of 10 mph over rough terrain! A 7 inch ground clearance and 14″ x 4″ tires are great for off road!

The Drive Cobra GT4 has a 24V x 950W x 5200 rpm motor and two 12V 75AH batteries giving maximum power, distance and speed.  Front and rear wheel suspension, pneumatic tires, infinitely adjustable tiller and a comfortable, fully adjustable seat with slide and recline, provide an extra smooth ride on long distance travel.

The ergonomic handle and control panel is full featured with half-speed control and a full lighting package provide a safe ride.  A 25″ base width passes through tight spaces with ease. This heavy-duty scooter is loaded with great quality and safety features to provide years of dependable service and safe travel over any terrain.

Cobra GT4 Heavy Duty Scooter

Cobra GT4 Heavy Duty Scooter

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drive Medical Cobra GT 4 Heavy Duty Scooter Features:

  • New, innovative design for a distinctive, stylish appearance.
  • One-touch, infinite tiller angle adjustment allows the user to easily position the tiller into the ideal driving position.
  • Ergonomic delta control handles makes it easier for users with limited strength and dexterity to operate the scooter.
  • “Blade” style alloy wheel rims.
  • Efficient, extra bright LED lighting.
  • Choice of Full size, Sport Style, Captain’s Seats in 20″ or 22″ widths.
  • Seats are height adjustable, swivel and feature a fold-down, reclining backrest. Seats can be adjusted forward or backward on auto-style slides.
  • Padded armrests feature easy turn cylinders for angle adjustment.
  • “High/Low” switch for instant speed control.

Scooter Direct carries a wide variety of outdoor mobility scooters and other mobility products to help you get mobile.  For more information on this scooter: http://www.scooterdirect.com/drive-medical-cobra-gt4-heavy-duty-scooter.html

Scooter Direct has helped thousands improve their independence using electric mobility scooters, power chairs, mobility lifts, wheelchairs and lift chairs.  We know you will be pleased with our exceptional service.

Pride Go-Go® LX with CTS Suspension: 4-wheel model now available, 18 amp battery option for 3 and 4-wheel models now available



A 4-wheel version of the Pride Go-Go® LX with CTS Suspension is now available. An 18 amp battery option for both the 3-wheel and 4-wheel models of the Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension is also now available.

The new Pride Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension (Comfort-Trac Suspension) brings an innovative level of performance features and value to travel mobility. Featuring CTS independent front and rear suspension, a sleek style, feather-touch disassembly and standard LED lighting, the Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension is the most advanced travel mobility product available.

Features include:

  • CTS Suspension (Comfort-Trac front and rear independent suspension)
  • Feather-touch disassembly permits simple frame separation with only one hand
  • Charger port in tiller
  • All-new frame design easily disassembles into five super lightweight pieces for convenient transport and storage
  • Standard front tiller-mounted basket included
  • Convenient off-board dual voltage charger can charge battery pack on-board or off-board

Click here to view the product sell sheet.

Click here to view the Go-Go LX with CTS Suspension product training video and see it in action.

Battery Test for Mobility Scooters or Powerchairs

Tools Required: Battery Load Tester

You can measure battery voltage using a conventional voltmeter and get an acceptable reading of 12 – 14 Volts but you still may not have enough power to drive the Power wheelchair or Mobility Scooter. You need to test the batteries under a “Load State” – (e.g. sitting in and driving the Mobility Chair).

Batteries that fail when used under a load may change the performance behavior of the Mobility Device. Most controllers need a minimum of 18 volts to function properly.  Batteries that fail under a load may not have enough power to operate the Equipment properly. See Picture 1 for load test connections.

To load test the batteries:

  1. Remove the chassis shroud or open the Battery Pack as needed to access the scooter batteries
  2. Disconnect the battery cables.
  3. Connect load charger terminal connectors to the battery terminals. Make sure the Positive connector of the load tester is connected to the positive terminal of the battery and the negative connector of the load tester is connected to the negative terminal of the battery.
  4. Hold the Load On switch on for 10 seconds.
  5. Read the meter with the load on.
  6. Determine if the battery is good or bad while under a load.
  7. If the battery is bad, replace the battery at http://www.scooterdirect.com/batteries~29.htm
    1. It is recommended that both batteries be replaced at the same time.
    2. If the battery is good, then the batteries are not the problem. Continue to troubleshoot unit by checking battery connections and harness connections.
Battery Load Tester

Battery Load Tester

Pride Go Go Assembly and Disassembly Instructions

Pride Go Go Disassembly

Pride Go Go Disassembly

DISASSEMBLY

You can disassemble the Pride Go Go Scooters into five pieces: the seat, the front section, the rear section, the basket, and the battery pack.  No tools are required to disassemble or assemble your Travel Scooter. Always disassemble or assemble your Portable Mobility Scooter on a level, dry surface with sufficient room for you to work and move around—about 5 feet (1.5 meters) in all directions. Remember that some Travel Scooter components are heavy and you may need assistance when lifting them.

WARNING! Do not lift weight beyond your physical capability. Ask for assistance when necessary while is assembling or assembling your Travel Scooter

 

Disassembled Travel Scooter

  1. Lock the tiller in the straight ahead position by pushing the tiller lock knob in and turning it clockwise 90°. The front wheel must face forward in order to lock the tiller.
  2. Remove the seat by lifting it straight up and off of the Travel Scooter. If you encounter resistance when removing the seat, disengage the seat rotation lever and swivel the seat back and forth while lifting up on the seat.
  3. Remove the battery pack from the Travel Scooter.

Frame Separation

  1. Lower the tiller and tighten the tiller adjustment knob.
  2. Lift up on the frame release lever until the frame hooks are no longer resting on the lower frame tube.
  3. Slowly separate the two sections of the Travel Scooter.
Pride Go Go Assembly

Pride Go Go Assembly

 

 

 

 

 

ASSEMBLY

NOTE: Before attempting assembly, tilt the rear half of the Travel Scooter slightly back on the anti-tip wheels.

  1. Use the frame release lever to lift the front section as you align the frame hooks of the front section with the lower frame tube of the rear section.
  2. Once the frame hooks are over the lower frame tube, lower the front section completely. This will engage the frame lock-up.
  3. Raise the tiller and fully tighten the tiller adjustment knob.
  4. Reinstall the battery pack.
  5. Reinstall the seat and rotate it until it locks into place.
  6. Unlock the front wheel by turning the tiller lock knob 90° counterclockwise.

WARNING! After assembly, make absolutely certain the tiller lock knob is in the unlocked position before riding your Travel Scooter.

Pride Go Go Frame

Pride Go Go Frame

Deluxe Heat and Massage: Now Available on Pride Lift Chairs

Deluxe Heat and Massage is the newest option on Pride Lift Chairs, providing extra relaxation for consumers. Deluxe Heat and Massage features four massagers for extra intensity and deep relief to the upper and lower back, and two heat pads – one in the seat and one under the knees– that are operated individually for soothing, customizable, heated comfort.

Safety features include automatic shutoff after 20 minutes of use for optimum safety and durable, spill-resistant construction.

Deluxe Heat and Massage and Standard Heat and Massage are available on most Pride Lift Chairs including our most popular models such as the LC-358 Series and the LC-570 Series.

Scooter Direct offers Peace of Mind Services

Drive Medical branded power mobility products are designed to withstand the rigors of daily use and include a comprehensive limited warranty to ensure years of service.

Scooter Direct includes a limited lifetime warranty to the original purchaser for the frame on your Drive Medical scooter. Also included is a fourteen (14) month limited warranty for the drive train components (transaxle, motor, wiring harness, and brake) and six (6) months warranty on the battery. This warranty does not extend to purchasers of used equipment. The limited warranty does not cover labor charges.

Should you have any problems, you can be assured that we will see to it that any technical or service issues will be remedied promptly and completely.

Effective for up to 14 months from date of purchase, Drive will repair, service or replace product – or product components – due to mechanical and electrical breakdowns or defects in material and workmanship. The plan is required for all residential deliveries of Drive and ActiveCare branded power mobility products.

  • A single phone number for troubleshooting, replacement parts or repairs available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. EST.
  • Professional troubleshooting and service by highly trained industry professionals with years of product experience
  • No out-of-pocket expense for repairs or replacements – your only costs occur should you need to ship the product to us

Using the Plan

To use the Peace of Mind Product Protection Plan, follow these simple steps:

  • Have the model, serial number, date of purchase and the name of the dealer ready
  • If you choose to call:
    • Have the product nearby so that troubleshooting can begin promptly
    • Call (866) 621-4933 to reach a Peace of Mind Service Technician directly
    • Tell the service technician that the product is protected under the Peace of Mind Protection Plan
  • Or, if you prefer email, you can email peaceofmind@drivemedical.com

When speaking to the service technician, they will evaluate the situation with the product and take necessary steps to remedy the problem.

Often, our trained technical service representatives can diagnose the problem over the phone.

If the problem cannot be solved over the phone, the service technician will explain the quickest, most efficient solution for getting the product running again.

These solutions may include, but are not limited to, shipment of an easy-to-install replacement part, service by an authorized service technician or service at our facility.

* Damage resulting from neglect, misuse, and failure to follow manufacturers’ instructions or normal wear and tear (tires, fabric/upholstery, bearings, ABS plastic shrouds, footrests, fuses, bulbs, bumpers, aesthetics, etc.) are excluded from coverage. Coverage also excludes battery or charger installation or maintenance service.

How to Choose a Mobility Scooter


Basics of Choosing a Mobility Scooter

Mobility scooters have become a common way for the people with mobility issues such as injury or shortness of breath to maintain their lifestyles with ease. Whether you want to go around the block, get your mail, go to the shopping mall, grocery store or a theme park, a mobility scooter can make your life easier.  If you have trouble walking, whether because of injury or fatigue, you might want to explore getting a scooter to supplement some of your walking.

Customers often ask “which scooter is the best?” my cliché answer is “that depends”.  Obviously, different scooter manufacturers and models have various quality and features but the best scooter is the one that works best for you.  Understanding how you plan to use your scooter will help you determine which type of mobility scooter will work best for you.  Below are some of the considerations that you need to consider to determine the best mobility scooter for you and your needs.

Note: you may not find an exact match on each category; you may need to compromise between the different important criteria.  For example, you are not going to find a scooter with a weight capacity of 300 lbs, travels 10 mph, weighs 20 pounds and fits in your pocket.

Weight Capacity

Select a mobility scooter that will not only support your weight but the weight of anything that you will be carrying.  For example, if you shop with your scooter, a gallon of milk, case of soda and other items can quickly add up to 20 pounds of additional weight.  Also, if you are like the rest of us, your weight will fluctuate.

Note: To eliminate worry about how much weight you are carrying, give yourself at least a 10% buffer when comparing your weight to that of the weight capacity of the scooter.  For example, if the weight capacity of a scooter is 300 pounds then you would not want to weigh more than 270 pounds.  You could decide to forego this buffer but you would need to make sure that you did not carry items that caused you to exceed the weight capacity of the scooter.

Scooter dimensions.

The length and width of the scooter will be important if you use your scooter indoors where the hallways are narrow or cornering is important.  Remember you have to turn the scooter into a doorway from the hallway.  3 wheel scooters have tighter turning but 4 wheel scooters have more stability.  Measure your doorways and hallways and compare your measurements to those of the scooter.

Note: The width measurement of scooters does not typically include armrests, which are adjustable.  Armrests typically add four to six inches to the seat width.  For example, a scooter with a specification measurement of 21” and a seat width of 18” is only 21” wide without the arm rests.  The width with armrests could be 22” to 30” depending on where you set the armrests.

Number of Wheels

Most scooters come in both 3 and 4 wheel models.  Choosing which model is usually based on a combination of where you intend to use it and the weight of the heaviest part you can manage. Consider the following:

3 wheel scooters – Generally these scooters have better turning radius and are better for mostly indoor use with limited outdoor use.  These are able to maneuver through tight spaces such as in your home or stores

4 wheel scooters – For more stability, a 4 wheel mobility scooter is the best option.  For use on rougher terrain such as rural areas, farms or grassy areas then a 4 wheel mobility scooter is better.

Note: Any scooter can tip over, but it is easier with 3 wheels.  However, if you use care when riding by slowing before making turn, especially when going downhill, then any model with 3 wheels is safe.

Transporting the mobility scooter

If you are only going to use the scooter in and around your home, then this section does not apply.

Do you want to be able to take your scooter with you in a car, on a plane, or a cruise?  What are the dimensions of hallways and doorways of your destination?  What is the physical ability of the person that will transport the scooter?  These are some of the questions to consider before purchasing a scooter.

For simplicity, there are generally 3 classes of scooters.  They are Portable, Mid-Sized and Full-Sized.

Portable scooter generally range in weight from 80 to 129 pounds but come apart without tools into 4 pieces with the heaviest parts weighing from 27 to 42 pounds.  This group is easy for one person to disassemble and requires no tools.  Generally these are transported without ramps or carriers but carriers can be used.

Mid-Sized scooters generally range in weight from 130 to 225 pounds but come apart into multiple pieces with the heaviest parts weighing from 42 to 65 pounds. This group of scooter is larger and will take more space to pack, even when broken down for travel.  Typically, no tools are required for disassembly.  Ramps and carriers are used by most customers for this category but not required.

Full-Sized scooters generally range in weight from 185 to 325 pounds but come apart into pieces with the heaviest parts weighing from 95 to 200 pounds. A ramp or carriers will be required for scooters in this category.

Note: Choosing a ramp or carrier has its own specific requirements which are too complex to cover in this article.  You should call Scooter Direct to select the lift, carrier or ramp that will work best for you.

Seating

How you use your mobility scooter affects your seating requirements.  If you only use your mobility scooter occasionally and sit in it rarely then a standard scooter seat will be just fine. However, if you plan to sit in your mobility scooter most of the day, then you should consider the comfortableness of the scooter seat. Some scooters have thicker layers of foam padding than others while some have gel inserts for additional comfort.

The adjustability of a seat can be a factor for some.  Nearly all mobility scooters seats can be manually raised or lowered with a pin through one of several holes on a seat post. Some scooters have an optional electric seat to raise or lower the seat with the push of a button.

Note: Most scooters have very little in the way of seat customization. Some have an option for a wider seat or a high back seat.  Specialized seating systems are mostly available on power wheelchairs.

Left or right handed

Some scooters only allow you to move forward using your right hand and reverse with your left hand.  If you are unable to use one of your hands then you should select a scooter with a Delta Tiller.  The delta tiller is a feature of some mobility scooters which allows you to drive with either hand; forward and reverse.

Warranty

Each manufacturer and dealer offer their own types of warranties.  Most of the scooters offered by Scooter Direct come with an In-Home Parts and Labor warranty.    An In-Home warranty is the best option; it insures that you will not have to try and diagnose issues over the phone or have to figure out how to get the scooter to a service person.

Some of our scooters come only with a Parts warranty which means that any service required to replace parts are borne by the purchaser. This is an option for those looking to save as much on the front end of the purchase as possible or those that are able somewhat handy with tools.

Note: Golden Technologies scooters can be upgraded to a 3 year In-Home Parts and Labor warranty.

Summary

Choosing the right scooter is not overly complicated; it’s a simple matter of matching the best combination of features and function for your intended use.  Scooter Direct personnel are qualified to assist you in selecting which model will fit your needs the Best for You!