Second hand mobility scooters played an important role in my daughter’s college education. During her freshman year she was struck with an illness that caused her to lose the use of both legs for a period of time. Fortunately for her and us, there was a second hand mobility scooter available for her to use to go between classes. Without its availability we might have been forced to get a new one at a way higher cost.
Motorized mobility scooters are generally vehicles with a single-seat that are created to assist the mobility handicapped. They could be electric, battery operated or gas-run vehicles with 3 or 4 wheels that can be maneuvered with a handlebar like one found on bicycles or by a tiller. Often they have comfortable cushioned seats as well as flat areas for footrests.
Many makes of new and second hand mobility scooters can be found on the market. Models are generally designed for both outdoor and indoor use. Many of the scooters can be completely taken apart and placed in storage when not needed. The chairs are attached to swiveling rods to increase mobility on upscale models. Additionally, on some models, there might also be an option permitting the chair to recline so that it can be used for a short nap. Several added features may be offered by different makers, but one feature that is fairly universal is the carrier, generally mounted in front beneath the handlebar.
Of the variously powered models, the most common are the battery-operated mobility scooters. Generally, they have a running time of up to eight to ten hours provided by 2 12-volt cyclic batteries. Charging sockets on each side of the base allow the rider to charge the scooter while still seated on it. The majority of mobility scooters can travel at speeds between four to eight miles per hour and are highly flexible.
People with mobility difficulties, whether disabled or elderly greatly appreciate the freedom that mobility scooters provide. Many who have concerns about using wheelchairs have begun using mobility scooters in stead of motorized wheelchairs. Sometimes mobility scooters are actually prescribed by physicians for people with various mobility handicaps.
It is highly advantageous to the consumer to have a prescription since most medical insurance policies will cover the complete price of the mobility scooter. However, even in the absence of a prescription, they are VAT-exempt for people that are mobility challenged.
Most mobility scooters are generally priced between $550 and $1,200, varying according to their included features. Thus they are truly cheap when compared to motorized wheelchairs, and that helps explain their incredible proliferation in the market.
The 4 wheel models provide greater stability when used outdoors where the terrain may be rough or uneven. However, the 3 wheel versions provide a much shorter turning radius which is a great advantage when used indoors. As a result, handicapped people who are active often have one of each.
If you are in the market for a mobility scooter, consider purchasing a second hand mobility scooter that is in good condition. Many people need a mobility scooter for only a short period, for example following an accident until recovery. That was the case with the second hand mobility scooter that my daughter was able to acquire. Others may use one only in the last year or so prior to passing on and thus the scooters have very little wear and tare. So before going out and purchasing a new one, take a look at what second hand mobility scooters are currently available on the market and save yourself some of your hard earned money.