How To Get A Mobility Scooter For Free In The UK

This article highlights some ways you can get a free mobility scooter via funding or grants in the UK.

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Mobility scooters are a fantastic key to greater independence and freedom of movement when you have mobility issues, but let’s face it: they’re quite the investment. Here, we’ll look at how to get a mobility scooter for free in the UK – or potential options for at least getting a better deal.

Mobility scooters can range from £500 all the way up to £9,000. While for many people the returns on independence a scooter can offer are priceless to them, for many others, a mobility scooter is a dream item on their wish list.

This article gives you some options for free scooters, and alternative cost-saving ideas where this is not possible. Plus, we cover where you may be able to get assistance covering the cost of your scooter with a mobility scooter grant.

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Can You Get a Free Mobility Scooter From The NHS?

Unfortunately, while the NHS might provide a free walking aid or even a manual wheelchair in some cases, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to get a free mobility scooter from them.

Below, we’ve covered some other options for discounted or free mobility scooters.

Getting a Mobility Scooter via The Motability Scheme

Some people in the UK are eligible for the Motability scheme, which enables you to use your mobility allowance for a scooter or powered wheelchair for more freedom and independence. You may be eligible if you receive on of the following:

You can find out more about the Motability scheme and if you might be eligible here.

While using the Motability scheme doesn’t mean you get a ‘free’ mobility scooter, it does enable you to use your benefits for the vehicle as opposed to paying out of your own pocket.

Can You Find Cheap or Free Mobility Scooters in Charity Shops?

Whether or not you’ll be able to source a cheap or free mobility scooter from a charity shop depends on your luck, and your circumstances.

Charity shops may have mobility scooters to sell on rare occasions, but they are often older models, suffering from wear and tear. So while you’ll be getting a discounted price, it may be difficult to keep your mobility scooter safe and secure.

What’s more, as mobility scooters have specific restrictions in order to be legally allowed to drive one, most charity shops will not give these away to general members of the public.

Second-Hand Mobility Scooters

There are a number of shops selling reconditioned, used, and second-hand mobility scooters across the UK. While these retailers won’t provide you with a free mobility scooter, you may be able to get one for a much more reasonable price than if you were to buy your mobility scooter from new

How To Hire A Mobility Scooter

Another option worth considering if buying a mobility scooter is out of your price range is to rent a mobility scooter. If you only need a scooter for a limited time or only need them for specific events, then you can even consider simply hiring wheelchairs and scooters to help you out through the day. 

You will only require identification and registration with the companies that offer these services.

Mobility Scooter Grants

You may be able to get a grant for a mobility scooter in the UK. There are a number of organisations, foundations, and charities that will offer aid and financial support to people with disabilities and mobility issues.

Many of these trusts have a number of eligibility criteria that you will need to meet – we’ve provided more details of the organisations that may be able to help and links to their websites further down in this article.

Charities & Trusts Subsidizing/Funding Mobility Scooters

There are a number of charities that can help subsidies, or even provide you with a free mobility scooter, in the UK (subject to availability and meeting their criteria).

It’s important to note that many of these are targeted at younger people with mobility issues. However, the Mobility Trust can help people of any age; as can Independence at Home, who can provide grants of up to £500.

So, if you are lucky enough, you may be able to get a mobility scooter for free in the UK. If not, we have given you a few useful alternative options here, whether help from charities, spreading the cost or hiring.

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