Mobility scooters are necessary for people with disabilities and mobility issues, because not only does it restore their independence, but it adds some convenience back to their lives. But with the range of mobility scooters now available, all offering unique benefits and all at different price points, it’s hard to know which one to get. When it comes to hiring or buying, it’s not always easy to know which one to choose.
Here are some questions to ask yourself when trying to decide:
Is it a short-term injury?
For a short-term injury recovery, it’s more cost-effective to rent a mobility scooter instead of purchasing one, especially if you won’t need it for an extended period. Renting helps alleviate the financial burden and accelerates the healing process by providing the necessary mobility assistance. When deciding between buying and renting a mobility scooter, time is a crucial factor. If you anticipate a brief need, renting is likely the more sensible choice, as opposed to buying and later selling the scooter.
Are you using it for travel?
If you plan to use a mobility scooter primarily for travel, perhaps for sightseeing, you might not need it for everyday activities. In this case, a lightweight and easily foldable scooter could be ideal, especially if you already own a bulkier one. If you’re a frequent traveller, investing in a scooter designed for travel is a worthwhile consideration. However, if travel is infrequent, renting a scooter for those occasions might be a more practical choice. Whether you choose to buy or rent, having a mobility scooter provides added flexibility for your vacations!
How often will you use it?
When you’re trying to decide whether to buy or rent a mobility scooter, think about how often you’re going to be using it. Depending on your mobility issues, your living situation, your travel plans, and many other factors, it all boils down to the same thing – how often will you use it? If it’s not that often, renting might be better. If you’ll be using it all the time, then buying it is probably the wisest choice. If you have a long-term disability, then buying your own scooter will be better as this way you can customise it according to your needs
Do you want to customise it?
With various mobility scooters available, each offering unique features, customisation becomes a key consideration. If personalising your scooter is important, opting to buy rather than rent is the better choice. This ensures you have the freedom to tailor the scooter to your specific needs and preferences.
Having a mobility scooter is a game changer for anyone with mobility issues. Buying might not be financially feasible for everyone, and if that’s the case then hiring is a great option. However, if you’ll be using it on a regular basis, it is probably worth buying it, as this will save you in the long run.
Still not sure? We can help!
At Equip U, we are committed to promoting independence and mobility for people with disabilities. Unlike other retailers, we don't just offer standard products like mobility scooters and accessories. We also provide in-home trials to residents of Queensland, as well as maintenance and servicing for any mobility products. Our NDIS registration allows us to provide funding options so that access to these services isn't limited based on where you live. Our ultimate goal is to work closely with you to bring your vision for improved mobility to life.
If you have any questions about the types of products we offer or how they work, or if you would like to schedule a free at-home product demonstration, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us today.