Mobility scooters are an ideal mode of transport for seniors that suffer from mobility issues. They are more suitable than wheelchairs since they are easy to operate. Mobility scooter hire is a good option if you cannot afford a new scooter or require the scooter for short-term use. Below is an excerpt discussing the considerations to make when hiring a mobility scooter.
What type of scooter suits your needs? Mobility scooters come in two, three, or four wheels. Two-wheeled scooters are faster than three or four-wheeled scooters. However, they are not as stable. Three-wheeled scooters are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. Four-wheeled scooters may not be fast; however, they can handle off-road conditions and accommodate numerous accessories such as baskets and oxygen tank carriers. You also need to examine the size and weight limits of the scooter. As a rule of thumb, you should not compromise your comfort and safety as you hire the scooter. Therefore, assess the seat's cushioning and the handlebar's positioning. Check the size of the scooter's battery. Ideally, a larger battery allows you to travel further without recharging the scooter. Some scooters will come with an extra battery.
You will need to find a company to offer scooter hire services. Consider the following when choosing a mobility scooter hire company:
- What is the availability of the scooter that you require? It would be wise to assess the condition of the scooter before hire.
- The company should offer to transport the mobility scooter to and from your home. Remember, you could spend a significant amount of money transporting the scooter to and from your location.
- For long-term hire, the mobility scooter rental company should offer repair and maintenance services while you have the scooter.
- Check the company's liability policy. More often than not, you will be required to pay for repairs caused by your negligence.
Ask the company to send a quote breaking down their price structure. For example, you would want to know whether the company has a fixed charge or whether the rental fees vary during the weekends and holidays. Negotiate the company's charges by pitting their quote against that of their competitors. You could also negotiate for a rent-to-own arrangement. It allows you to own the scooter after a specified time. Some health insurance covers pay for mobility scooter hire. If this is your case, ask whether the company accepts insurance payments.
When hiring a mobility scooter, determine the type of scooter that you need, check the terms of scooter hire, and negotiate the rental charges.