If you are considering buying a mobility scooter or have recently bought one then it’s important to consider how the mobility scooter will be stored.
Firstly, the most important thing is that the mobility scooter is kept dry as water can damage the electrical components of the scooter. It also needs to be kept in a safe location and not left somewhere where it could be easily taken. You also need to consider that the mobility scooter will need to be recharged regularly so easy access to an electrical socket is preferable.
A garden shed can be an ideal place to store a mobility scooter and is usually where most of our customers store their mobility scooters. A garden shed will keep the scooter dry, protected from the elements and secure. Also, a lot of sheds have electricity so recharging the scooter batteries won’t be an issue.
Important to note that if you have a garden shed without electricity the shed can still be used as the battery packs on our smaller scooters can be easily taken inside and recharged as required.
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a garden shed so an alternative is a plastic storage container which can be bought in DIY stores and set up at the back or at the side entrance of your home. This one pictured here is from Woodie’s, currently costs about €150 and will be large enough to store any of our small mobility scooters. A padlock can also be attached to the door so it’s kept secure. The limitation with this is you can’t fully drive the scooter in so may still require assistance lifting part of the scooter inside the container.
Purpose built sheds
We have also seen examples of purpose built storage solutions for mobility scooters. The example below is from a customer who had a carpenter build one for them specifically for storing the scooter at the side of their home. The customer drives the scooter in on a ramp, gets off the scooter and then closes the door over.
If you don’t have a shed or side/rear entrance then the only option is to bring the mobility scooter inside your home. This isn’t always the easiest or the most preferred option as usually you will have steps at the door making access difficult so a ramp usually made with concrete or wood (see example below) will need to be built so the scooter can be driven inside. This of course adds to the cost and work involved. Also if you are bringing the scooter inside you risk bringing dirt in from the scooter wheels which isn’t ideal.
There are covers available such as the one below that can be placed over a mobility scooter while they are outside, however in our experience over a long period of time they can still let some moisture in so we don’t believe that they are a good long term solution and are really more of a temporary or last resort option. Covers are cheap to buy and a good option while a more long-term solution is being devised.
Regardless of which option you go with, just remember to keep it dry and secure and If you need any more advice or guidance on storing a mobility scooter please get in touch with us.