Powerchairs – A Buyer’s Guide


Powerchairs are motor-based joystick-operated vehicles that provide better mobility than manual wheelchairs and mobility scooters. These vehicles are more stable and spacious and are especially known for their capability to turn around smaller and narrower corners. They are a great option for both indoor and outdoor use.

If you are looking to buy a powerchair, here are some tips to push you in the right direction:

Choose a Reputed Dealer

Go for a dealer specialising in mobility vehicles to increase your chances of getting the right vehicle for your needs. Mobility Direct North is a reputed powerchairs Newcastle & North East dealer. We have extensive experience in catering to people with different mobility needs. As a result, we can help you make an informed decision.

With our professional powerchairs company, you also get the benefit of choice. We stock a wide range of powerchairs including those with updated features, to give you access to vehicles that are best in quality and convenience.

Go by your Lifestyle

If your daily routine involves a lot of outdoor time, a heavy-duty powerchair would be best. A vehicle with a tighter turning radius would be ideal if you are going to use the vehicle indoors – this will help you turn around small spaces and corners easily. If you are a travel-type, go for compact foldable models. Go for a model with a better mile range if you plan to travel long distances.

Get to know about vehicle features in detail, and assess their usefulness to your mobility needs and lifestyle. For example, chair-lift feature in some models can be helpful if your mobility issue prevents you from reaching for taller spaces such as shelves.

Try the Vehicle First-Hand

Visit the showroom and try the vehicle before making a buying decision. Assess how well it fits your body and how convenient you feel sitting, and moving around, in the chair.

Focus on seat comfort. For example, a high-back seat, instead of a standard seat, may be more comfortable if you are of a taller stature.

Test if the powerchair can handle your weight well. You may want to try a 6-wheeled powerchair instead of the standard 4-wheeled model as the former provides greater stability, safety and manoeuvrability.

We Can Help

Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Mobility Direct North is a trusted partner for customers with mobility needs. As a specialist powerchairs Newcastle & North East company, you get to find a wide range of selection with us, including heavy-duty models, compact vehicles and travel-friendly undo-and-carry types.

Feel free to visit us and try powerchairs at any of our 3 showrooms in the North East. We also have a home demonstration facility that you can avail by calling us on 0191 285 4245.