Choosing a scooter: How do I help my brother find the right scooter?
How do I help my brother find the right scooter?
Before purchasing a scooter, you will want to determine whether a scooter is the correct choice for your brother and if so, what size and features are appropriate for him.
To keep costs down, you may want to purchase a pre-owned scooter that has been inspected and that has a warranty from a reputable company that can help you with replacement parts and service. Just like buying a used car, check a scooter's make and model, how old it is, who has been using it and for what purpose. Used scooters can range in price; however, they typically cost over $2,000 (Cdn).
Here are some direct links to dealers you may wish to contact to find out more about their used scooter selections:
- Lower Mainland: Abbey Medical Supplies – Consignment Products
- Vancouver Island: Canada Scooters – Used Mobility Scooters
- Advanced Mobility hosts Demo Garage sales – check to see if a sale is coming up and if there are demo scooters available
Before speaking to a sales representative, determine which features your brother needs. Here are some key questions to ask:
- Will the scooter be used indoors, outdoors, or both?
- For indoor use, are there any restrictions to consider (i.e. a narrow gate, or stairs)?
- If the scooter will be used on roads, check local laws for minimum speed requirements and regulations on headlights and taillights. Ensure the scooter meets these standards.
- Does the scooter need to be transported in a vehicle?
- If so, do you have access to a vehicle with a lift?
- If your brother uses public transportation, can the scooter be maneuvered onto local buses?
Other features to check:
- Does your brother find the fit comfortable?
- What battery lifespan is appropriate for his anticipated scooter use?
- Will your brother need 3-wheel maneuverability or 4-wheel stability?
- Does the scooter have the appropriate accessories (i.e. cargo storage for shopping, or a rain canopy for inclement weather)?
Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.