Before you buy a mobility scooter it's a good idea to learn about some recommendations on their use and maintenance.
Storing your mobility scooter
Store your mobility scooter in a dry, clean and secure space and this will help keep it in good condition, helping to keep maintenance costs to a minimum.
The ideal place is a lockable garage or a shed. Smaller scooters can sometimes be stored in the home but be careful to ensure it does not cause a hazard by reducing safe access.
Storing your scooter in a dry place if possible is best, to help to avoids corrosion. If you do need to store your scooter outside then it is best to invest in a waterproof storage cover. The cost of these vary considerably, between around £65 for a flexible cover to £200 (or more) for a purpose made mini shed specially designed for scooters. We have a variety of options to fit all of scooters, so please give us a call so we can discuss which would be best suited for you.
Servicing and maintaining your mobility scooter
As with any mechanical item, it is preferable to keep your scooter clean and well maintained
to ensure smooth running, reliability and increase its longevity. Mobility scooter manufacturers recommend that you have your scooter serviced once a year- this is often also a requirement to ensure your insurance and or breakdown policy remains valid.
An annual service should cost between £55 and £65 plus parts, depending on the scooter size.
The service will include:
- visual check of bodywork, frame, seat, tyres, lights (if fitted), wiring,
- checking and adjusting brakes,
- check, and lubrication of steering and moving parts where necessary.
- A battery capacity test is also advisable to ensure you know the likely period you have before they need replacing and this can avoid breaking down at an inconvenient time. Battery capacity tests can take a few hours and are usually charged in addition to the service cost.
Scooter tyres should be maintained at the pressures recommended by the tyre manufacturer for safety, comfort and to maximise your range, they should be replaced when worn. If your scooter has lights they should be checked regularly. These will always be checked during a service.
Most mobility scooters have two 12-volt rechargeable batteries. The size of the batteries will depend on the size, class and power of the scooter.
Our recommendation in line with battery manufacturers’ advice is to charge daily after use. The charger supplied with your mobility scooter should fully charge your batteries overnight. Generally over-charging is not a problem with today’s smart chargers as they are voltage limited and switch off automatically. As a simple guideline, “use hard or light, charge overnight”.
Ideally store your scooter near a mains electricity power socket and always plug the lead into the scooter first, then into the mains socket. Some models allow you to remove the batteries and charge them away from the scooter.
New batteries have a 12 month warranty but if they are well looked after, the batteries have been known to last for a number of years. Replacement costs for a quality set of batteries, depending upon their size can be from £60 for small boot scooters and £400 for the very large scooters.
If you don't use your mobility scooter for an extended period, you should still try to charge the batteries once a month – or every two to three weeks in cold weather – to prevent battery decay.