How Long Do Mobility Scooters Last?
Many of you may be asking yourselves “how long do mobility scooters last?”
There are a great number of factors that come into play when trying to answer this question.
First and foremost, you need to consider the quality of construction and design of the scooter, these being the key factors in scooter durability.
Cheaper scooters will make compromises on design and the quality of materials and components used and these will directly limit the lifespan of the scooter.
Cheap components can lead to premature failure or constant reliability issues which may leave you stranded and ultimately leading to you wanting to get rid of a troublesome scooter. So, in this case, the answer to “how long do mobility scooters last?” is until you can no longer put up with it letting you down.
Poor design can not only have a detrimental effect on the longevity of a mobility scooter it will also very likely be the cause of some level of discomfort to the scooter user meaning the answer to the question “how long do mobility scooters last?” may be only as long as you can put up with being caused discomfort or even pain from a poorly conceived scooter.
Another hugely important factor in the question of “how long do mobility scooters last?” is maintenance.
We recommend regular servicing of our scooters, by our highly trained engineers, to our customers and replacement of consumables such as weakening batteries and worn tyres can make a considerable difference to the lifespan of a scooter. Good batteries mean that all the other electrical components in the scooter are placed under less strain as they are operating under optimal conditions. A poor battery can mean the electrical components are running out of specification leading to potential failure and they can also place extra strain on one of the most crucial parts of your scooter, the charger. If the charger is damaged this can have further reliability implications for the scooter.
Tyres can surprisingly also have a direct impact on the reliability of your scooter. Worn or underinflated tyres place extra strain on not only the motors, drive train and battery life, but they can also place extra load on the steering of the vehicle leading to wear and even eventual failure.
Another factor in the question “how long do mobility scooters last?” is just how you treat the scooter day to day. A scooter that is never washed and left out uncovered in all weather conditions will suffer much more than a scooter that is kept indoors and clean. The same is true of using the scooter in adverse conditions. Even though our scooters are very durable there are limits to how we advise them to be used so avoiding driving through deeper puddles is a good idea.
Due to the high build quality and specifications of our scooters, and the diligence of their owners, we have examples of our scooters that are still reliable and in use for up to double digits of years. In fact, we recently replaced a charger on a thirteen year old Quingo scooter that is still going strong!
In general though, in answer to the question “how long do mobility scooters last?” we estimate probably about five years with average use and maintenance.