When purchasing a travel mobility scooter, there are several factors to consider:
Weight and size: Consider the weight and size of the scooter, as well as the weight capacity. Make sure the scooter is lightweight and easy to transport, but also sturdy enough to support your weight.
Portability: If you plan to travel with the scooter, look for a model that can be easily disassembled and reassembled. Some scooters can be broken down into smaller pieces and stored in the boot of a car, while others can be folded up for easy storage. Some scooters, like the ATTO Travel Mobility scooter from Movinglife can fold into a suitcase, pulled around like a case and can also be broken down into two parts for easier lifting in and out of a car boot.
Range: Consider the range of the scooter, or how far it can travel on a single charge. If you plan to use the scooter for long trips, you'll want a model with a longer range. For air travel, you will need an air safe battery which will limit your driving range due to airline regulations regarding lithium batteries.
Comfort: Make sure the scooter is comfortable to sit in for long periods of time. Look for features like leg room seats, adjustable seat heights, and adjustable armrests. Some mobility scooters have accessories like seat cushions that can make them more comfortable.
Safety: Look for a scooter with good stability and traction, as well as features like lights and a hooter.
Maintenance: Consider the maintenance requirements of the scooter, including how often the battery needs to be charged and how easy it is to access and replace parts.
Support: Be aware of online only retailers and some larger chain stores. A lot of them do not repair or service the scooters themselves and although they offer a warranty, it is often an insurance policy that places the responsibility on you to find a repair centre. Others outsource maintenance to 3rd parties. Find out and investigate the companies they use. Check trust pilot for reviews. The last thing you want is a scooter that you cannot get serviced or repaired.
Cost: Lastly, consider the cost of the scooter and whether it fits within your budget. Keep in mind that higher-quality scooters may have a higher upfront cost, but may be more reliable and last longer in the long run.