Mobility Scooter Service & Repair

  • February 5, 2020

Make your scooter go further with a service and repair

Mobility scooters are just like cars, they sometimes need a mobility scooter service and repair to ensure they’re safe. You’re about to find out the secret to keeping you mobility scooter like new and at peak performance. Of course if your mobility scooter breaks or a problem arises that you’re unsure of, it’s best to get in touch with your local mobility scooter store or the shop that you bought the scooter from for mobility scooter servicing. A mobility scooter breaking down is sure to put a damper on your day. With that in mind, the aim of this post is to advise on the best way to take care of your scooter. Helping your get into a routine that helps you make sure your scooter stays safe and reliable.

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It Takes Two

Once you buy a mobility scooter, it’s your responsibility to take care of it and make sure you’re using it properly. The best way to ensure your scooter lasts as long as possible is by trying to prevent problems from happening before they get the chance. The worst thing you can do is neglect your scooter and leave it up to an engineer to fix. Keeping your scooter in check is a two sided effort, it’s not just the engineers responsibility to make sure your scooter is safe for travel.

What You Can Do

To minimise chances of a problem occurring with your scooter, here are some handy tips and regular checks you can conduct. This will ensure your scooter stays in good working order:

Look after your batteries

When it comes to scooters breaking down or not achieving their full range, the batteries are usually the culprit. You should take care of your batteries and keep them active by charging them for at least 8 hours after every use. If you’re not using your scooter, you should be charging your mobility scooter batteries at least once per week. Don’t worry about over charging the batteries as most mobility scooters these days have an auto switch-off mechanism for safety.

Be mindful of where you’re travelling

You should always be gentle with your scooter and try to avoid rough and uneven terrain at all costs. If you have a portable scooter with solid tyres, try to avoid cobbles and muddy tracks. Know your scooters limits in order to keep it stable, clean and dry.

Store your scooter safely

When storing your scooter overnight, be mindful of keeping it dry and as warm as possible. It’s ideal to have a shed for your scooter if it’s a larger scooter. If you have a folding or portable scooter, you should make an effort to bring it inside away from damp and keep the batteries warm (batteries can deteriorate in cold temperatures)

Conduct regular checks

It’s best practice to check your mobility scooter before and after each use. Make a checklist to ensure your scooter is safe for travel and isn’t damaged since the last time you used it. If your scooter’s caked in mud, it’s best to try and give it a clean to stop the mud causing decay.

What to check for: Loose parts, damage to tyres, beeping, battery cutting on and off, dirt in mechanism

For road scooters check: lights & indicators.

What The Engineers Can Do

If any problems arise with your scooter, even if it seems minor. Get in touch with your local mobility store and ask them about a mobility scooter service and repair. It’s always best to do this no matter how trivial the problem may seem because your safety is paramount. Talking to an engineer as soon as possible also reduces the risk of problems getting worse, so it’s something we recommend doing just in case.

Conduct thorough testing

An engineer can conduct thorough testing on your scooter to ensure it’s safe and ready for use. They can conduct a full ‘MOT’ on your scooter once every 6-12 months. They will do a far better job of checking it than you would doing it yourself.

Repair punctures

Engineers can repair punctures and even fill your tyres with a soft puncture-proof gel to prevent further punctures.

Replace parts on warranty

Most mobility scooters are sold with a warranty of at least 12 months. This warranty covers parts and should a part of your scooter require a mobility scooter service and repair, the engineers would be able to replace it for free.

Perhaps most importantly

Engineers can give advice on how to look after your scooter and even how to do some checks yourself. If you have any questions, just ask, they’re happy to help and there’s no better person to ask.

Valeting

A professional valet will leave your mobility scooter looking brand new. It’s not vital but it can help make you feel better and give your scooter a new lease of life. Whether you’re planning on selling it, or it’s just looking a bit tired, this is without a doubt the best way to make your scooter look new and sparkly.

Choosing the Right Mobility Scooter

  • February 5, 2020

Making Sure you choose a mobility scooter that’s right for you

Buying a mobility scooter is a big investment so of course you want to make sure you’re choosing the right mobility scooter. Many people buy a mobility scooter on a whim only to regret it later on when they realise they’ve spent their money on something that isn’t up to the job. This posts aims to outline some considerations to make before buying, the categories of scooter & what each scooter is best used for in an effort to help you avoid mistakes.

What To Consider?

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There are many factors to consider before deciding which scooter is right for you. To help you with choosing the right mobility scooter, here are some of the most important factors to consider:

  • Your Weight: The maximum weight capacity of mobility scooters range from 14-30 Stone, so when choosing a mobility scooter this is the first thing to look for.
  • How Far You Want To Travel: What you’ll be using the scooter for determines how far you’ll want to travel on one charge. The travel range of a mobility scooter outlines how far it will travel on one charge.
  • What You’ll Use It For: The way you want to use your mobility scooter will determine what size and features you want from it, this is an important factor to narrow down the category.

Categories Of Mobility Scooter?

The best way to categorise mobility scooters when you’re trying to find the right one is by their function. On most mobility specialists websites, you’ll find that there are 4 main categories of mobility scooter to choose from. The 4 main types of mobility scooter are:

Portable/Boot Scooters

Expected Performance

  • Range: 10-18 Miles
  • Maximum User Weight: 14-23 Stone
  • Speed: 4 Mph

Portable scooters put a focus on being easy and hassle free to transport & manoeuvre. Portable scooters are usually compact, lightweight and sometimes feature a disassembly system that allows you to easily take it apart so it fits into the boot. Made for convenience, portable scooters usually feature off-board charging. This gives you the freedom to leave the scooter in the car and take the batteries inside.

Pavement Scooters

Expected Performance

  • Range: 18-25 Miles
  • Maximum User Weight: 18-27 Stone
  • Speed: 4 Mph

Pavement scooters are larger than portable mobility scooters and this coincidentally means that they offer a more substantial ride. Most pavement scooters have pneumatic tyres which offer a softer and more comfortable ride. Pavement scooters have a higher range on average than portable scooters, making them better suited to users who need to travel further. Pavement scooters are more durable too, with a high weight limit and a Captain seat for more a comfortable journey.

Road Scooters

Expected Performance

  • Range: 25-35 Miles
  • Maximum User Weight: 22-30 Stone
  • Speed: 4-8 Mph

Road scooters are capable of travelling on the road as well as on the pavement, they go twice as fast as the scooters in the other categories: 8 MPH, and they have more advanced features. Because they need to be road legal, they have some extras that are there to make your journey safer and more comfortable. With features such as suspension, headlights & indicators, road scooters offer the most comfortable and stable ride. This type of mobility scooter is intended as a replacement for a car so they’re capable of a high range. They allow you to travel all day locally and even to town without any bother.

Folding Scooters

Expected Performance

  • Range: 12-15 Miles
  • Maximum User Weight: 15-21 Stone
  • Speed: 4 Mph

Folding scooters are a fantastic choice if you require a scooter that feature a quick and easy folding mechanism that allows you to fit the scooter in your boot. Due to their compact size, they are best used in places that have smooth ground, such as shopping centres and around town. Folding scooters have either a manual or automatic folding mechanism and are the most convenient type of scooter on this list in terms of transporting in the car or on public transport.

It’s Up To You

Ultimately, it’s up to you when it comes to choosing the right mobility scooter. There’s a huge range to choose from online but we hope this helped send you in the right direction. If you buy a mobility scooter online and realise it’s not the right scooter for you, don’t worry. Mobility retailers are obliged to give at least 14 day returns, meaning you have time to change your mind.

Charging Your Mobility Scooter

  • February 4, 2020

Charging your mobility scooter properly

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One of the most common questions I hear being asked by mobility scooter users relates to something that seems so simple, but it’s something that has sparked a never-ending debate with everybody chipping in. The intention of this post is to hopefully provide some clarity when it comes to charging your mobility scooter. This will help you get the most out of your batteries by keeping them healthy for as long as possible.

Keep In Mind

Like everything else, mobility scooter batteries don’t last forever. They are rechargeable but over time lose their capacity and will need replacing at some point. So if you know you’re charging your mobility scooter properly and you’re not getting much range, it may be time to start looking for new batteries. On the other hand, new mobility scooter batteries need to go through 15-20 full charges before they reach full potential, so don’t worry if your scooter isn’t going as far as you expected.

Also, every scooter is different. Always read the manual and make sure you read the charging instructions before proceeding to charge your scooter.

STICK TO A ROUTINE!!

There’s no easier way to keep your batteries healthy than by sticking to a routine. This is the best way to make sure charging your scooter doesn’t feel like a chore and helps you remember. The evening is the best time to charge your scooter so it’s ready for you to use the next morning.

How Often Should You Charge?

If you’re Using Your Scooter Everyday: If you use your mobility scooter every day, you should charge it every night (even if you only used some of the battery)

If you’re not using your scooter (maybe the weather’s bad): Still charge your scooter once per week to keep them active, this will help keep them healthy.

How Long For?

In most cases, a green light will show when your mobility scooter is charged. This may happen after just 4 hours but it doesn’t mean you should take it off charge.

Most mobility scooters are fully charged after 8 hours. But, if you have a larger mobility scooter it can sometimes take up to 12 hours to fully charge it.

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Cheap Mobility Scooters Online

  • February 4, 2020

Staying smart when shopping for online mobility scooters

Argos mobility scooters are a popular choice for people shopping for cheap mobility scooters online. Low prices from a famous name make Argos mobility scooters an appealing option. But are there better options available? If you can get a better deal elsewhere, why not have a shop around? When you’re shopping for something so important, it’s vital that you trust the company. Make sure the shop you buy from has a good aftercare service in place to make sure if you need a replacement part or any advice, it’s there for you.

Alternatives To Argos Mobility Scooters

There are hundreds of online stores selling a range of mobility scooters you can choose from. But your best bet, when shopping online, is to buy from a trusted mobility aids store. Online mobility specialists such as Great British Mobility are a better option than Argos mobility scooters because they specialise in disability and mobility aids. With a focus on helping people with their mobility and nothing else, the difference in service and professionalism is noticeable. The prices are the same if not cheaper than mobility scooters from Argos. In addition to this, mobility specialists usually stock a wider range of manufacturers such as Pride & Kymco, giving you much more choice

Advantages Of Choosing a Mobility Specialists

Mobility Specialists offer plenty of advantages over cheap mobility scooters online. What sets mobility specialists apart from general retailers like Argos is their ability to offer continued support and professional advice. Here are some advantages you benefit from when choosing a mobility specialist:

  • Mobility specialists have a close relationship with manufacturers and meetings usually take place one a month with suppliers to keep up to date with new and discontinued products.
  • There’s more choice available to you when choosing how you’ll pay for your scooter from a specialist. You can choose to spread the cost with finance, pay on delivery or even have a charity make a donation.
  • Mobility Specialists operate in partnership with Motability, a popular government scheme that helps you spread the cost of your scooter. This is a benefit you wouldn’t get at Argos.
  • What if your scooter breaks down? Retailers like Argos aren’t equipped to fix your mobility scooter. Specialists have professional engineers that can repair your scooter quickly, having the relevant parts and tools on hand and a workshop dedicated to fixing scooters.
  • They’re called ‘specialists’ for a reason, with a wealth of knowledge to help you decide which scooter is best for you and your needs, mobility specialists will give honest advice and consider your budget. Rather than just sell you a scooter, specialists are there to offer help every step of the way.