Are you looking into buying an electric scooter to help you save money on gas and wear and tear on your car? Or are you just looking for a way to get around town faster than walking?
Whatever your reason for wanting to buy an electric scooter, there are factors to consider before making your purchase. Here's what you need to look for.
1. How Fast Can the Scooter Go?
Some scooters can reach up to 30 mph, but most top out just over 20 mph. Most people walk at an average of 3-4 mph, so scooters will definitely get you where you're going faster.
Your local scooter laws may limit you to driving slower in certain circumstances. You will need to check your local laws to find that information since it varies from city to city.
Another consideration about how fast a scooter goes is how well it stops. If you want a scooter that is going to go fast, look for one with disc brakes or drum brakes. Electric brakes and, especially foot brakes, may work fine at slower speeds, but make sure you have the most reliable stopping power if you intend to travel quickly most of the time.
2. What to Expect from the Battery?
Two things you need to know about scooters battery power is how long they take to charge and how far you can travel on a full battery.
Sometimes you may have the option to choose between different battery sizes for your new scooter. So give some consideration into how far you think you will want to ride your scooter on a typical trip before making the decision on battery size. If your trip includes going up and down hills, you may want to upgrade to the larger battery.
Keep in mind that the information given about the battery is based on the scooter's optimal use. This means when the scooter is driven by someone who is light in weight and traveling on a flat surface.
3. How Much Does the Scooter Weigh?
The weight of the scooter will matter during riding and transporting your scooter. While making your way from one destination to another, you may encounter steps and other types of terrain the scooter is not built to traverse.
You also may need to lift the scooter up into cars, buses, trains, and planes. You also may need to lift the scooter up into wherever you may store the scooter when it is not in use.
4. How Big Is the Scooter?
Some scooters can be folded, but not all of them. So if the size is a factor that matters to you, you will want to make sure the scooter fits or can be folded down to fit where you want to store it.
To determine the size of the scooter, take note of the handlebar and deck dimensions (height, width, and length). Also take note of the measurements the manufacturer or dealer provides for the scooter's size once it is folded up, if applicable.
5. How Much Does the Scooter Cost?
Wondering how much to allocate for your electric scooter budget? Well, we have the answer to that.
A good quality scooter can be easily found in a price range between a few hundred dollars up to closer to fifteen hundred. This price range will get your feet riding around on a scooter that is both reliable and well-made.
Some scooter companies can also hook you up with financing your scooter. This can come in handy if you can't or don't want to pay for the scooter upfront. It can also help you get the best scooter for your needs.
6. What Is the Maximum Load for the Scooter?
The load a scooter can carry means how much rider weight the scooter can support while maintaining its functionality. The scooter manufacturer or dealer will be able to tell you the maximum weight a scooter can handle.
Failure to abide by this maximum can invalidate the manufacturer's warranty. The scooter is built with brakes to handle its speed capacities based on the weight of a rider under the maximum load. So ignoring this warning may end up being the reason you get injured on your scooter.
7. How Comfortable Is It to Ride?
If you are purchasing your e-scooter online, there are some tips that can let you know how comfortable it will be to ride. But first, you need to know what kind of terrain you will be using your scooter on.
If your terrain is fairly flat and obstacle-free, most scooters should provide a fairly comfortable ride. However, if the terrain is bumpy or full of potholes, you will want to look into scooters with larger wheels or scooters with built-in suspension, or both.
You can buy tires that are air-filler or solid in construction. Air-filled tires will provide you with a more comfortable ride, but they are more susceptible to being punctured. While you can use fluid to help resist punctures, they can still happen.
Solid tires have the benefit of being "flat-free" and being more durable, but they do not provide the cushion (shock absorption) air-filled tires do. This can make for a rougher ride.
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Now that you know which factors to look for when buying an electric scooter, use this knowledge to find the right one for you. When shopping for a scooter, you may need to buy a helmet and other safety equipment, if you don't already own them.
Contact us today with any additional questions. We are here to help you find the perfect electric scooter for your needs.