Handicap Scooters – Choosing a Handicapped Scooter
When it comes to choosing a handicap scooter there are lots of choices. But don't let that scare you. Find a reputable dealer, do some comparison shopping and ask questions – lots of questions. The choice is yours and it will be easier than you ever imagined.
Handicap scooters provide the legs that many older individuals, and other individuals with reduced mobility, need if they want to get around.
Scooters can give you independence both inside and outside of the home. So if you don't have the freedom of mobility that you want, don't let your unfamiliarity with handicap scooters keep you from enjoying life to its fullest. The choice is yours and a few easy steps can help you to make the right one.
First, you will need to find a reputable dealer. If you know people who have handicapped scooters, ask them where they bought theirs from. While you're at it, ask them what they think of their scooter and what they would do differently next time. Even if you don't have referrals to draw from, there are plenty of retailers out there. Your local phone book or the internet will help you. However, if you are not referred to a retailer by a satisfied customer, comparison shopping is a must for you.
Be particularly wary of solicitors who approach you at public forums. They will often guarantee coverage of the cost of a handicap scooter by your insurance company. They may even offer free scooters. A good rule of thumb is that if the offer seems too good to be true, than it is. This is not to say that you can't find good cheap or discount scooters. You certainly can. The handicapped scooter industry is a competitive one and that competition will yield discount prices and money saving sales.
All retailers are keenly aware of their competition and what they are doing. Don't let them tell you otherwise. Ask the salesperson to show you a side-by-side comparison of their scooter with the other "top" brands and show you the reviews. This will quickly show you which scooters have the features that you need and at what prices. While you are on the subject inquire about a warranty. Also ask if there is a trial period where you can "test drive" the scooter in your home, and return it with no obligation if you are not happy with it. It doesn't
When you are visiting the showroom be sure to drive the handicap scooter you are interested in. You will quickly be able to tell if you can the scooter in crowded place, if you can back the vehicle down narrow hallways and if you can park at a restaurant table and be comfortable eating dinner, seated on a scooter. Spend some time in the scooter you are interested in. It is the only way to tell if it is the right one for you.
Accessories are another area you will want to inquire about. Every manufacturer also sells a selection of accessories. For instance there are devices to convert a 3-wheeled scooter to a 4-wheeled scooter. Baskets and special carriers for canes and walkers are also available. It is completely up to you what you want to add.
Finally, ask the retailer if they service what they sell and if their mechanics are factory trained. Also ask what hours their service and support are available. You can quickly see that asking question is the key to making a good decision when you guy a handicap scooter. Remember a smart shopper will ask many questions and a smart salesperson will have the answers.