I purchased a Rascal mobility scooter on Ebay over 2 years ago.
I decided to purchase a Rascal due to the available options, quality of the build and availability of a nice looking heavy duty scooter that could be easily disassembled for transport.
As my insurance (and most others) do not cover the cost of a mobility scooter, I decided to look on Ebay, where I found many Rascal scooters available including the model R245, that I chose.
My model has an electronic seat lift, leather like seat, a large folding basket in the back and smaller basket on the front. I also added a wider more padded seat for comfort as the standard seat is 18” wide. The seat widths for this model come in 18”, 20”, 22”, 24” and 26”. I also opted to go for the foam filled tires so that I would not have to worry about air pressure or getting a flat. Although Rascal does warn its customers that the ride of the foam filled tires may not be a smooth as the air filled tires, I really do not feel that much of a difference. I feel that the suspension of the scooter is nice enough to not have to worry about any slight difference, and the piece of mind of never having to worry about an accidental flat in an inconvenient location is well worth the few extra dollars and any extra roughness of the ride that may occur.
If you want to purchase a scooter from a source other than Rascal direct, do consult with them at http://www.rascalscooters.com/ for the part prices of what you want to add or change as the individual prices are expensive.
My scooter has an easy accessible speed dial that allows me to dial up the speed when I am going uphill while driving. The hand controls are also a very easy push/pull that could be controlled by one hand, however the steering is best done with two hands as it is a bit loose.
The speed of the Rascal scooter depends on the weight of the driver. While I cannot tell exactly how fast mine goes with me on it, I can say that I can go faster than my son in a full on sprint… he is no slouch, so it is pretty fast.
Fully charged batteries will last for many miles. I have found to get the longest use of the batteries it is best to turn off the key while stationary. This stops the battery current and conserves the battery.
While I like the leather-like seat, which is especially nice in wet weather as it can be wiped off, in hot weather it can be sticky. I resolved this issue by purchasing a standard bucket seat cover and pulling it over the seat. The bucket seat cover is a little long as the back of the Rascal seat is not as tall, however I just tucked the excess into itself creating a fold in the back that looks like a pocket. Doing so allows the seat cover to lie flat against the seat and does not look odd at all. The cover makes the seat that much more comfortable and it is much more convenient than using a towel that could slide around and become tangled under the scooter while driving.
My Rascal has really made a difference in my life. I do highly suggest that anyone with mobility issues consider purchasing one.