Every year, thousands of people decide that they need a mobility scooter to get around. Users say they provide a new lease of life for shopping, seeing the family and simply enjoying life’s small adventures. Yet that first tentative look at model types in the CareCo range will provide as many questions as answers for the new use. Let us cut through the confusion and help you decide.
Budget Matters but it is Not Everything
You will see notice that the range of CareCo mobility scooters vary greatly in price. The cheapest models are just a few hundred pounds (such as the lightweight CareCo AirLite X Travel Mobility Scooter). Our most expensive models cost several thousand pounds. Which you buy and how much you spend is as much about your requirements as it is about what you can afford. Please consider the following two major issues alongside cost.
What Will I need it For?
At the cheaper and lighter end of the CareCo range of mobility scooters, we have the travel models. These are ideal for short trips such as visits to the nearby supermarket. Suitable for indoor use and travelling on the pavements, some CareCo mobility scooters can be dismantled some model types and easily lift them into the back of a medium sized car for transport. With a range of 10 miles or under and top speed of 4mph, this is perfect for light use.
In the middle we have slightly heavier CareCo mobility scooters that you may use on the pavements. However, they are not quite so easy to transport and cannot be dismantled. In some cases, you may be able to transport them in one piece in the back of a larger car or van.
If you live in a remote area, somewhere with no footpaths or otherwise must travel greater distances, you should look at something heavier and more expensive. Larger models are more like transport than mere mobility aids – think of them as a light motorcycle. They are heavy and sturdy with a top speed of 6-8mph and average range of 25-30 miles. Please note, you are not permitted to drive these on pavements and will need insurance for driving on roads.
Your Health Limitations and Medical Conditions
A mobility scooter is, essentially, a medical aid. It’s important that you examine the controls and try CareCo mobility scooter models out before deciding which to buy. With this in mind, most are designed with arthritis and rheumatism in mind. Also, consider your lifestyle. Your weight, height and body proportions will also be factors to consider. We strongly recommend that you visit the local CareCo showroom to test out some of our range of models so that we may fit you to the most types and allow you to choose from the CareCo selection.
Travel mobility scooters
Travel mobility scooters are the smallest and lightest class of scooter. Models such as the CareCo Zoom can be dismantled for convenient storage and transportation, ideal for slipping into the boot of your car for holidays and days out. Travel scooters typically have smaller batteries, so they are better suited for shorter trips. They are also the most affordable in our range, so start here for cheap mobility scooters for sale.
Folding mobility scooters
Folding mobility scooters use advances in mobility scooter technology to offer a really convenient alternative. They are compact and lightweight, like the travel range, but they don’t need to be disassembled for transportation and storage. The eDrive folding mobility scooter is our fastest electric folding scooter – with just one click on the key fob will automatically fold the frame into a compact, portable scooter. The CareCo Scootcase can even be carried in its own suitcase.
Folding mobility scooters
Pavement Mobility Scooters – Whether you’re off to the shops, running some errands or visiting friends and family, these motorised scooters are great everyday scooters designed for short trips out and about. A maximum speed of 4mph but a sturdier build with extra features ensures you get from A to B quickly, safely and comfortably. This is the most popular type in the disability scooter range.
8mph scooters are road-legal electric scooters
8mph scooters are road-legal electric scooters (Class 3) with everything you need for safe and comfortable long-distance travel. Many 6-8mph mobility scooters offer travel ranges over a whopping 30 miles thanks to larger, more powerful batteries. And their larger, sturdier builds will help you to reclaim the road, with full lighting kits and mirrors included for extra safety.
CareCo’s range of mobility scooter accessories can improve your driving experience and protect your mobility scooter. From scooter covers to GPS trackers, we stock all the extras you need. You can also purchase mobility scooter insurance with us, covering the cost of accidents or breakdowns.
Some Advice on Tax and Insurance for CareCo Mobility Scooters
Class 2 (the lightest models) are not permitted on the roads. Class 3 models, which are suitable for road and pavement (with a maximum speed of 4mph), must be limited to 4mph when on the pavement. If you need a model suitable for the roads, you will not need insurance but we strongly advise that you do. Even at these speeds, accidents are likely. As with a car, if you are involved in an accident where you are deemed to be at fault, insurance will cover you. Without insurance, the victim will be allowed to sue you for damages sustained to their person or vehicle.
Class 3 mobility scooters require registration with the DVLA and valid tax. However, you will not need to pay for registration or taxing – merely register it as covered.