Dealer’s ‘anti scooter-theft’ device causing a buzz at Trade Days

Dartford-based dealership Gold Star Mobility has attracted significant attention from other retailers and manufacturers at Trade Days following the official launch of its new mobility scooter device yesterday.

The retailer’s new device is a key fob for mobility scooters designed to deter thefts and make them easier to use and owner Neil Medhurst revealed that is has already sold between 50% and 60% of its stock.

Medhurst has already discussed bulk orders with some punters and seen interest in the product from scooter manufacturers too.

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Dealers have been particularly interested in how quickly and simply the product can be installed, which Medhurst claims to be around 20 to 30 minutes.

“We’ve been buying in stock, and then we’ve been assembling them in house over the last two weeks,” said Medhurst.

“The proof will be dealers re-ordering the product. It’s when you get re-orders, that’s when we know we’ve had a good event. That will be the time for me to say it’s working, when we get those second and third orders from the dealers.”

The electronic key fob is designed mainly for convenience as the user no longer has to insert and fiddle around with a key. But because each fob has a unique number assigned to it, it can only be used on one scooter – unlike traditional generic keys which can be used on any scooter – adding security.

How does the key fob work?

The dealer removes the key barrel and replaces it with a light. The mobility scooter can then be turned on and off by an electronic key fob, coded uniquely to that scooter. The aim is to make the scooter less fiddly to operate for people with limited mobility. The removal of the key barrel also makes the scooter much more difficult to hotwire and because each fob is unique people will no longer be able to take other scooters with a generic scooter key. The product is universal to all scooter brands and can fit any scooter except for travel/boot scooters.

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