Drive me mad scooter!

I,ve been going on (and on) about getting a scooter.Health gone down hill recently so thought I,d cheer myself up and found a really cheap one(£329.00) on line.Talk about a windup?It arrived quicker than expected but blimey it weighed a ton,even the delivery chap moaned about how heavy it was.Anyway my son unwrapped it and after much thought and reading of instructions we put it on charge for 12hours.Next day it,s still not charged so my wife phoned them up.Turns out the battery is disconnected for transit(not mentioned in instructions) so do it all over again,me having to ask both their help yet again which knowing how much they do for me as it is,Ireally hate!!Next day still not working(steam coming out my ears) so wife's friend comes round to investigate(she thinks she is the sensible type lol)All this time I have been trying to work out where to keep this thing(it needs charging every use) and how to make a ramp to get it in and out of the house.My wife googled ramps and came across this chap who,s shop is quite close and he does mobility scooters and everything to do with them(I was at this point going to say"so to cut a long story short" but I may have missed the boat on that one lol)We decided they can have back their unwieldy ,far too heavy scooter that has driven me round the bend without even starting lol .I will go see this chap ,get a second hand one that I can try before buying AND have near by after sales service.

Wow,I feel better already!Will bore you all some more when I get the next instalment of the "Scooter Saga"Onward and upward,happy sunshine folks!D. :d

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  • Thanks Stone,great link.D.

  • Hello Farmer read Stone's link. I have had a read and remembered a friend whose scooter, which she was thrilled to buy and imagined all the places she could visit, proved to be unstable. She sustained some nasty injuries. Good luck with your search.

  • Thanks Suzy,I agree got to be careful.D.

  • FarmerD - interesting to read you message. Best not to get scooters on line. The man around the corner sounds ideal. He can advise you and is far more convenient. Where I lived before, I used a dealer but it was miles off, and anything went wrong, it would take 2-3 days to sort things out. Batteries dont last for ever and will need checking every so often. Now I have moved, I have a dealer just down the road.

    I keep mine at the back of the house and can plug it in the conservatory to charge. I have to watch in the winter when the weather is cold - batteries dont like the cold so I am told. I put a blanket over the battery, and a weatherproof cover over the whole lot. Personal opinion but I feel safer on 4 wheels. All the best x

  • Thanks Pergola,yes I think the human touch is probably wiser on this occasion.D.

  • Have a word with local Social Services Occupational Therapy. Yours may do like mine did and provide you with a ramp FOC. Regards Rib

  • Thanks Rib,funnily enough I,m speaking to them on Monday.D.

  • Is your door big enough to drive through? They altered my doorway and fitted a metre wide steel core double glazed door and widened my path to the road to 1200 cm. I can now roll through the door a treat. Zero threshold and proper runoff for rain.

  • Trouble is my wife has the audacity to still be working as a teacher so everything is means tested on both our incomes,unlikely to get even a wet room even partially paid.We,re in a very small flat but it is ours.D.

  • Hi. I was going to suggest your OT for advice about ramp but somebody beat me to it. I have a scooter and ramp was fitted for me. I also have a hoist in my car so I can take scooter. It's brilliant. Gives me lots of freedom. Good luck with yours. Kathy

  • Hi. I was going to suggest your OT for advice about ramp but somebody beat me to it. I have a scooter and ramp was fitted for me. I also have a hoist in my car so I can take scooter. It's brilliant. Gives me lots of freedom. Good luck with yours. Kathy

  • Hi. I was going to suggest your OT for advice about ramp but somebody beat me to it. I have a scooter and ramp was fitted for me. I also have a hoist in my car so I can take scooter. It's brilliant. Gives me lots of freedom. Good luck with yours. Kathy

  • Sounds like you are learning the hard way about scooters FarmerD. Ramps are expensive to install and as you see some scooters are way too heavy for a disabled person. It's handy if you have a garage with electric supply, some people even have two scooters so one is charging while other is in use.But as you have found it's best to seek specialist advice, as these people have often come across the difficulties you have encountered, in the past. Good luck with the next round in your saga hope you get it sorted soon, so you can get some freedom.

  • Thanks Katie,I,ve generally been quite lucky with online purchases,getting things cheap and good quality.It was bound to bite me in the tail at some point and this is it.We live and learn lol.D.

  • You gotta laugh Farmer or you implode with frustration (reads like something from the chuckle brothers - To Me -To You !!!) let your safety valve go but keep on smiling :) :P :O

  • good luck with your scooter have you looked at temporary ramps that they use in shops etc.

  • I know this women who had a bad back she brought a small scooter and that weighed a ton it was one that went in the back of the car.

    I just dread the day I have to hand over my car keys even though I only drive local I'm still able to get about good luck farmerD

  • hi.if its any help,look on ebay for a pro rider freedom from pro rider mobility ,its a 4mph,basic unit,replacement 12v batts about £20.,just bought one to fit straight into my berlingo

    length 41 in

    width 22 in

    weight including batt pack 34 kg,i had an infection and still put the scooter,in the car without the battery pack

    cost £389 free insurance and next day delivery.

    one bad point no key switch but you can get a small computer swich and file the square switch hole round

  • I must have tried 20 million or so before deciding! Your post brought it all back! Ended up with a small lightweight scooter that takes apart to fit in the car boot. Just wish I could find one with a sidecar for the dog! Lol.

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