Best Car Boot Mobility Scooters for 2022 | Folding vs Dismantling

A lightweight travel-friendly boot scooter is the perfect solution for UK travel, but with so many options now available, where do you begin?

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the current range of portable boot scooters on the market, establishing their features and benefits as well as helping you decide what to look out for during your next purchase. 

If you’d like to view a range of boot mobility scooters currently available at Three Counties Mobility, be sure to visit our dedicated page for portable scooters right here.

What is a boot scooter?

The term ‘Boot Scooter’ describes a small and compact scooter that is able to fold or dismantle. They have been around for many years, but with the recent improvement in materials used and lithium batteries, their overall weight and size has decreased dramatically, allowing many car owners the freedom of placing their scooter in the boot with ease.

What are the key differences?

There are typically two main styles of boot scooters, folding and dismantling scooters. We’ll go into more detail about both below.

  • Folding Scooters – Often the lightest and most portable, folding scooters are available as manual/automatic folding and allow the user to keep the entire scooter in-tact whilst traveling.
  • Dismantling Scooters – Certainly the most popular of the two, dismantling scooters can be taken apart and placed in the boot with ease.

Which scooter is right for me?

There are a few areas we look at when helping a customer choose a boot scooter. We like to establish the main uses of the scooter and potentially who will be dismantling/lifting the scooter into the boot.

For example, if you’re looking for a travel-friendly all-in-one folding scooter that is one of the lightest on the market, the Motion Healthcare mLite is certainly a trusted product in this category. However, as the product does not dismantle, the overall product weight of 17.8kg may be a little too much when lifting into the boot.

  • Extremely lightweight, fold up Mobility Scooter
  • Manually folds to a highly compact size
  • Extending handle to allow for easy rolling
  • Simple tiller controls
  • Range of upto: 9 miles
  • Max speed: 4mph
  • Max user wight: 18 stone

 

Despite its compact size the mLite has an outstanding 18 stone weight limit and a powerful motor

 

With the success of manual folding scooters, the industry soon revealed a array of automatic folding scooters that simply allowed the used to push a button on a key fob to fold the scooter with ease.

Arguably the most popular of automatic folding scooters is the Motion Healthcare eDrive, a compact and portable all-in-one automatic folding boot scooter. With a much more defined seat for extra comfort and a folding motor, the eDrive weighs an extra 10kg in comparison to the mLite, which on occasion may rule out any chance of the product being lifted by the occupant.

  • Automatic folding at the press of a button
  • Plenty of comfort and stability
  • Range of upto: 9 miles
  • Max speed: 4mph
  • Max user wight: 21 stone

 

Despite its compact shape the eDrive offers market leading performance for its category along with plenty of comfort and stability

 

When product weight is absolutely crucial, folding scooters are often found to be to heavy overall, in which we begin to look at other options such as dismantling scooters.

Although dismantling scooters means there’s more work involved when placing into a car boot, the overall weight of a single part doesn’t normally exceed 12kg. For example, the acclaimed Motion Healthcare Alumina Pro offers the luxury of an aluminium chassis and upgraded lithium battery that shaves an incredible amount of weight off every aspect of the scooter.

The Alumina Pro offers an incredible 30 mile range (the longest of any car boot scooter) and only a 5kg battery pack, offering greater distance at a lighter weight. The heaviest part of the Alumina Pro weighs just 10kg and allows a greater range of users to dismantle, lift and store their boot scooter.

  • Perfect for those who love to travel
  • Lightweight dismantlable frame for storage and transportation
  • Height adjustable seat
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • Range of upto: 30 miles
  • Max speed: 4mph
  • Max user wight: 18 stone
Both the Alumina and Alumina Pro is designed to be disassembled easily for transportation with a heaviest part weighing just 10kg

 

With such high-end features and a long-range battery upgrade, the Alumina Pro may be out of range when it comes to budget, however Motion Healthcare do offer another product in their boot scooter range that may be the ideal solution to many.

The Motion Healthcare Lithilite Pro offers many great benefits similar to the Alumina Pro, but with a steel chassis rather than aluminium. This does increase the overall product weight, but allows the user to enjoy a tried and tested boot scooter that offers all-round suspension, a 30 mile range battery and incredible handling and comfort.

The Lithilite Pro is fitted with advanced Lithium-Ion batteries which provide optimum durability, rapid charging times and superior performance, all in a compact and lightweight scooter.

  • Lightweight travel-friendly scooter
  • Height adjustable seat
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Range of upto: 30 miles
  • Max speed: 4mph
  • Max user wight: 18 stone
The scooter provides the user with utmost comfort, featuring front and rear suspension and a comfortable padded seat

 

Conclusion

We hope this post has helped you identify which type of boot scooter would be relevant to you and help you in remaining mobile with ease. Remember, it’s essential to understand what you’re looking for in a scooter and how we can help you in choosing the right scooter for you. Some good questions to ask yourself when shopping for a new mobility boot scooter this year could be:

  1. Do I need a travel-friendly boot scooter?
  2. Is a folding or dismantling scooter preferable?
  3. Can I or my partner lift the heaviest part of a boot scooter?
  4. Does the scooter operate well on the terrain I wish to use it?
  5. Is the battery health and max user weight suitable for my needs?
  6. Is the warranty and aftercare service reliable?

If there’s any more information you need or would like to speak to one of our team, please contact us on 01767 686 229, email via the contact section below, or reach out to us via the instant live chat feature to the right-hand side of this page.

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