You should always research into an electric scooter before committing to buy. The worst feeling is receiving a product and it not being exactly as you hoped which is why today we have curated a list of things you should do before purchasing your electric scooter.

Know what you will be using the scooter for

It is important to know what you will be using your electric scooter for before you go looking into the scooters themselves. This is important due to the fact, if you are looking for a scooter just for getting to and from work you don’t need to buy a £1000 scooter that goes 40 mph and has an 800w battery as this will be too large and too powerful especially if this is going to be your first scooter and same goes vice versa, if you are an experienced scooter user and you’re looking to upgrade you want to make sure you’re getting a scooter that meets your expectations and is as powerful as you are hoping for.

If you are new to electric scooters it is always best to go into a store and talk to those knowledgeable, familiar and experienced with electric scooters as they will be able to let you know off the bat what scooter will be best suited for you, so before you go in have in mind what you’re expecting from your scooter as this will help you massively in picking your new electric scooter.

If you have previously owned electric scooters and are looking to upgrade, it doesn’t hurt to look online at your options before going into a store. If you’re looking to upgrade from your current scooter, you are most likely looking for a scooter more powerful than the last and having a scooter in mind that you think could be a perfect match is great and the staff in the scooter shop will happily let you know their thoughts too and will be able to give you inside information that might not be available online!

Have a budget in mind

Every scooter is priced differently and can range from a few hundred pound into the thousands. This is based off of the make, how powerful the scooter is, and all of its specifications. Having a budget is important as you don’t want to spend more money than you have in your bank! As mentioned previously it’s always a great idea to go into a store and talk to those most experienced with electric scooters and let them know your budget and your scooter needs and they will be able to point you in the direction of a scooter that will be best suited for you and they will also be able to let you know if you might need to open up your budget slightly to meet all your needs with the perfect electric scooter for you.

Be aware of laws in your country

Every country around the world have different rules and regulations when it comes to electric scooter laws. The UK is the only place in Europe at the moment that doesn’t allow for privately owned electric scooters to be used on public roads, pavements and parks. In England currently, there are trials for electric scooters being used around cities but this does not apply in Scotland, so being aware of your countries laws are important as you don’t want to get caught out and in trouble or even worse your scooter taken off of you after spending your hard earned money buying it.

Be aware of the electric scooter do’s and dont’s

When riding your scooter, you want to ride as safely as possible for not only the sake of your scooter but also for your physical well-being.  One of the most important factors is to always wear your protective gear, just like when riding a bike, you should wear your helmet and even better, wear high visibility clothing so you can be seen by those around you. Another important aspect to keep in mind is whether or not your scooter is suitable for wet weather conditions. Most electric scooters will only be suitable for a small shower of rain with others not being water-resistant at all, so being aware of this is important in ensuring your scooter doesn’t get water damage as this can be costly to fix.

We have created a full list of electric scooter do’s and don’ts in a previous blog titled "Are E-Scooters Easy to Maintain?" that you can check out for more in-depth information on how to keep yourself, others and your electric scooter safe.

We hope this blog has helped you further understand the key aspects to know before purchasing your new electric scooter. If you have any further questions you can pop into one of our stores in Edinburgh and Glasgow, message via our live chat on our website or alternatively give one of our stores a call. We hope to see you soon!

May 18, 2023 — Beth MacGinty