Mobility Scooters, whats the best one?
When looking for the best Mobility Scooters for sale, there are a few factors that you need to consider first.
Buying a Mobility Scooter can be a very confusing and frustrating task when it comes to trying to choose the best scooter that suits your needs and that’s why here at the Mobility and Therapy Centre we have tried to make this a little easier by helping you consider a few factors to make that Scooter decision a little easier.
Invacare Mobility Scooters have been found to be one of the most reliable and popular scooters on the market today and they also accommodate for all needs and sizes.
In this example we will focus on the Invacare brand as we have found Invacare to be one of the most reliable range of Scooters and have such a broad range from a Micro Scooter which folds into a car boot, to a Heavy Duty Model which support up to 220kg. Included with all Invacare purchases is an Australia Wide 24hr Assist program, which will give you peace of mind that you and your Mobility Scooter will get home safe if there were to be any issues.
The Colibri Micro model is supplied with a basket, safety vest and two years Warranty. The remaining models include the basket and vest, they also include mirrors either side, safety flag and of course a 2 year warranty as well.
Now that we have chosen the best brand for our needs let’s move on to the next few questions to make sure you scooter selection is just right for you.
The first decision to make is whether you will be needing a Mobility Scooter for travelling long distances or looking at a scooter that can be transported in a car or van. For example you may want to only use the scooter whilst your shopping in a Mall and walking becomes an issue. The Invacare Colibri or the Invacare Leo Mobility Scooter would be the ones to consider in this case.
Mobility Scooters become a little larger from here, the next model is the Invacare Pegusus Mobility Scooter which we call a mid size and this scooter is great for Indoors and Outdoors and is one of the most popular models it is rated for a Travel Range of up to 42 Kilometers, which is more than ample considering it’s a Mid Size Mobility Scooter.
The Invacare Comet is the top of the line, as it is the largest of the fleet and comes in two models. The Invacare Comet Alpine and the Invacare Comet Heavy Duty Mobility Scooter. The Comet Heavy Duty Scooter has a weight capacity of 220kg. The Comet range is your Outdoor Scooter that is packed with all the safety features as are the others and travels up to 50 km.
Below is a couple of Videos and Flow Chart to help you get a better feel for the range to choose from. The second video has German Titles however we are sure you will get the picture. Please note that the “Pegasus Mobility Scooter” is referred to as the Orion in this Video.
Invacare Mobility Scooters Brochure for Download
We hope this makes buying a Mobility Scooter a little easier. Here at the Mobility Therapy Centre, we are here to help at any time with any question you may have in regards to purchasing a scooter feel free to email or call us anytime.
Mobility and Therapy Centres have been victim of the internet, not in a bad way but totally the opposite.
General manager Troy Drage has been forced to move their head office and warehouse to a massive location in Hendon South Australia. “There just isn’t enough space, with containers coming by the truck loads and orders moving out the door, we have been forced to expand and take the next step forward,” he says.
This has all been due to the growth of online sales, which continue to be on the up scale day by day.
MTC have also introduced an online membership which people can receive special offers if they join-up to our free MTC VIP Club, this has found our loyal customers returning to buy again and again.
So what’s the key to business success in hard times like these? “Keep up the basics of business and that is to remember your customer always comes first. We have always prided ourselves on quality products, peoples needs and customer service. Someone will buy a walking stick or walker then their friends will want one as well. So our best referral has been word of mouth. Look after your customers and your customers will look after you. Because without them you have nothing,” said Mr. Drage.
Mobility scooters have become lighter and more manoeuvrable in recent years, making life more easier for people that need them as well as carers and supporters who help transport them.
They’ve also become more popular, says Troy Drage, general manager of Mobility and Therapy Centres.
“Peoples minds have definitely opened up about living better with aids, wheather it be a scooter, a walker or any other aid for the home or on the go.” he says.
“Its all about maintaining one’s independence and keeping people longer at home than before.”
Mr. Drage says its hard to keep up with demand for scooters.
“We started ordering 10 to 15 a month just a few years ago but today we are generally inporting 50 to 60 a month,” he says.
“People used to feel a bit awkward about having a scooter, but not any more.”
“In future they’ll be making roads for them.”
The aging of the population has much to do with it too. The Australian Bureau of Statistics projects the number of Australians aged 65 to 84 to reach four million by 2022 after sitting at just 2.4 million in 2007, as the aging baby boomer generation ages.
The numbers will grow to about 6.4 million by 2056, according to the ABS.
The budget-line Dreamrider Scooter is at the forefront of MTC’s range priced at about $2200.
“It’s an ideal reliable scooter with a motor (up to 1 horsepower) that will get you most places you need to go,” Mr. Drage says. “They come with mirrors, walking-stick holders and front and rear baskets included.”
Most scooters generally have a top speed of 10km/h but people also need to consider how far it will travel, the life span of batteries and the terrain it will tackle, up or down hill. There are three-wheeler and two seat models available too.
Transit walkers have also been a boost for those with mobility or health issues.
“It’s basically a walker that turns into a wheelchair,” Mr. Drage says. “They’re lighter and easier to manoeuvre.”
The centre’s Ritecare transit walkers cost from $139 to about $230. “They solve the problem of getting from the car to the shop and back. Mr Drage says.
Story by: The Adelaide Advertiser.