After clocking miles on your mobility scooter for a few years, you’ll eventually face the inevitable: one day, your scooter will stop working the way it should.
Whether you’re experiencing mild discomfort during your ride due to a deteriorated seat or wobbly tire or something more serious, like shorter battery life or motor issues, you deserve to have a worry-free mobility experience. Luckily, there are various strategies to try to get you and your scooter back on the road.
Scenario 1: Do-It-Yourself
Even the least handy person can navigate their way around certain basic scooter repairs. Battery replacements, seat adjustments, powertrains, and tire issues can all be resolved with minimal effort and costs.
Tire issues - Changing a loose, worn, or deflated mobility scooter tire is relatively easy to handle on your own. Try this YouTube video for advice on how to replace your old tire. You might also want to consider ordering a whole set, in case another tire meets the same unfortunate fate later!
Seat issues - If your original seat is broken or worn down, installing a replacement seat is also relatively easy. YouTube also offers a lot of resources for seat repair, such as this video for a Bluefin scooter seat back installment and this video for tips on how to stabilize a wobbly chair.
Battery issues - If it seems as though your battery’s charge has been draining faster than usual, it might be time for a new one. Luckily, many vendors sell replacement batteries at a relatively low cost. Batteries are easy to replace—but remember, you should be careful when handling an old battery. The corrosive substance on the outside can be harmful to handle without proper safety gear.
Scenario 2: Find the Manufacturer's Warranty
Even in a DIY scenario, you’ll probably need to order a new part to properly resolve the issue. If your scooter is within its warranty, reach out to the manufacturer to have them send you the part that will bring your scooter back to life. Depending on the repairs needed, they might also cover the cost or—in a worst-case scenario—send you an entirely new replacement scooter if the problem is unfixable.
Scenario 3: Use Local Resources
Just because you can’t fix your scooter yourself doesn’t mean you need to throw it away and start new. There might be local businesses in your area that repair motorized equipment like mobility scooters who are just waiting for your call. Search for "Scooter Repair Near Me" on the internet to find someone who can help. They might not have all the parts on hand, and it might be more expensive than using a YouTube video, but you can rest assured knowing that your mobility scooter is being repaired by experts.
Scenario 4: Buy New
The average mobility scooter can last for longer than five years. After wear and tear (and the elements, if you use your scooter outdoors) After wear and tear (and the elements, if you use your scooter outdoors) it may be time to consider a new scooter. Just like most products, a new scooter is going to have many upgrades that your older scooter may not. Sometimes, the financial burden and mental energy that it takes to repair a scooter just aren’t worth it.
Although the thought of purchasing a new scooter might seem even more stressful than repairing your current model, remember that you’ve already bought one mobility scooter. This time, you’ll shop with a better sense of which features you like and which brands you prefer. And when you use a reputable vendor like My Own Wheels, you can easily search for a new mobility scooter based on features, select accessories to customize your ride, and chat with an expert for recommendations.