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Which scooter okay for pavements and can bring in/out of house easily?

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Astra12
Astra12 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
Hello! I would like advise regarding getting a mobility scooter for shops/pavement use, but that's also easy to lift up a step into a terraced house or put in its small front garden. I was looking at folding scooters but have been told these are not good for pavements and I should consider 4mph scooters that can be dismantled, instead. What are your experiences/opinions?

I live with the elderly person and will help lift the scooter in/out of the house or front-garden.

FYI I looked at Kymco K-Lite FE folding scooter, TGA Maximo/Minimo Folding scooter and even the Luggie Elite. There are various dismantled scooters too such as Kymco, Pride and Drive. Any recommendations?

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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Astra12. Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. How are you at the moment?

    Thanks for finding the courage to reach out to us. I appreciate how much courage it can take to reach out, especially when you are new and finding things tough. 

    Unfortunately, I don't have any experiences/opinions to share. Hopefully, our wonderful community members with experience in this area will be able to respond to you soon.

    In the meantime, please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything else we can do to support you. We are all here for you and listening to you.

    Take care for now and we will look forward to, hopefully, hearing from you again soon  :)
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  • Astra12
    Astra12 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Thanks @L_Volunteer. I'm well thanks. Hope you are too. Yes hopefully someone will have some experience with regard to mobility scooters that are quite portable, while still being stable enough for pavements. Thanks
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    Glad you are well @Astra12. That balance sounds really difficult to find but also so important!

    Got my fingers crossed for you. Please feel free to let us know how it goes and if you need any further support with this  :)
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  • Brenda1946
    Brenda1946 Scope Member Posts: 58 Courageous
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    I keep looking at folding scooters but my husband thinks they will be of no use to me as i have limited use of my left hand.  I can grip a little with my left hand, is there any advice you can offer which ones i should be looking at also where would be the best place to look and what the price could be?  Thank you
  • Astra12
    Astra12 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Hi there Brenda1946, I’m not that knowledgable on the options but if you have limited control in one hand, it may be better to consider a power wheelchair, which I believe can be controlled by a joystick on one hand. 

    I would suggest going to or phoning a good local mobility shop and asking them for their advice. 
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @Brenda1946 as Astra has mentioned, a powerchair might be a better option for you, as it allows for movement to be easily controlled with just one hand. You can ask for the stick or pad to be put on whichever side is best, for me that's left, as I'm left-handed :) 

    @Astra12 how is your search going? Have you been able to trial or test any of the models you've mentioned in your initial post?
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  • Brenda1946
    Brenda1946 Scope Member Posts: 58 Courageous
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    Hi Alex & Astra.  Thank you for your replies. I have thought & looked on line a few.  Not sure if the wheelchair type would be suitable for me as when go my clubs whether there would be enough room for my craft bags without my husband having to accompany me there & back.  Will keep that in mind.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks for sharing that with us @Brenda1946. It is really important to find something that best suits your needs.

    Hopefully, someone will be able to provide you with some further support which is more suitable for you soon  :)
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  • Wibbles
    Wibbles Community member Posts: 1,787 Pioneering
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    Avoid 3 wheelers - they tend to be unstable
    Stick to 4 wheel lithium powered 4 wheelers
    Lithium not lead acid for weight 
  • Glennc
    Glennc Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    I have a tga maximo plus for taking on holidays/ aircraft. It is a really good fold up scooter but does weigh approx 32kg. Also word of warning if you want to take on a plane you have to purchase a different battery and that cost nearly £500 but still worth it if you need it. 
  • Astra12
    Astra12 Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    Hello @Alex_Scope
    The mobility shops I went to didn't really have folding options to try. So I think I will just find a folding one that is respected by other people and getting that one. 

    Yes I agree @Wibbles, someone I know uses a Luggie but the front wheels are close together and it just doesn't look stable to me!

    Thanks @Glennc
    Are you able to use the TGA Maximo on pavements in the UK or is it not really well suited for this? Is it is easy to get it repaired/services if needed?

    If I don't feel confident about using a folding scooter on pavements, then I will just get a car boot scooter that has to be dismantled...it will be harder to get in and out of the house, but might be more stable.
  • Glennc
    Glennc Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Yes you can use it on pavements as long as you turn the speed down which is fully controlable. The maximo plus is a class 3 due to the fact in can go faster, carry more weight and can also be used on roads.  other than that the maximo and mínimo which is available in auto fold are all also legal on pavements as far as I’m aware as long as the speed is not above 4mph I think. I have only had one problem with both my tga s4 gt and one with the maximo and I had parts for both within a week
  • HemelHatter
    HemelHatter Scope Member Posts: 3 Listener
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    Hi Astra12
    you do really need to try a couple of scooters before committing to buy one. There are so many makes and models out there so it’s important for you to get the right one for you first time. 
    You have to look at where will you store it. Where will you charge it. Where do you want to ride it and how far is it. What are the pavements like where you live. Are there any hills or inclines to get to the local shop/club. Your weight. There really is so many things to consider to make sure you get the right one. 
    I represent Motability for those people choosing to get a scooter or wheelchair on the motability scheme so I do have some knowledge of assessing. Any questions please feel free to ask. 
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