Manual Wheelchairs

Manual wheelchairs may be the right choice when you need to be transported or to be able to self-propel and not necessarily spend all day in your chair. There is a large range of makes and models to choose from. They are generally high-quality, durable products that are well designed for everyday use.

At Shire Mobility we supply both standard and specialist manual wheelchairs for adults and children with a specific focus on high-end prescriptive and configurable manual wheelchairs. Our extensive range of manual wheelchairs includes both self-propelling and transit styles, sourced from market leaders such as Invacare, Ottobock, KI Mobility. Prescriptive wheelchairs require a full assessment to ensure your clinical needs are met. We also discuss any specialist seating requirements focusing on pressure care and seat back options. This will ensure that our wheelchair users receive a chair that really is right for them.

Manual Wheelchair Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a self-propelled and a transit wheelchair?

A self-propelled wheelchair - Karma Ergo 115

A self-propelled model can be moved by the user themselves using push rims fitted to the rear wheels. They also come with pushing handles in order to make it easy for another person to push the chair. The larger wheels can make it an advantage when you need to push the chair over an obstacle.

An example of a transit wheelchair, Karma Ergo Lite 2

A transit wheelchair has a smaller set of wheels at the rear and is usually designed to be pushed by a person other than the user. They are a great option if you rely on someone else to push.

What is the cost of a manual wheelchair?

The cost depends on a number of things and can range from £150.00 or less through to £6,000 plus. There is a great range of suppliers such as Invacare, KI Mobility, Ottobock and Karma to name a few.

What do I need to take into account when buying a wheelchair?

There are a number of areas to take into account when purchasing:

Plus many more questions which can all be dealt with when you book an assessment with your local mobility shop.

What is the easiest wheelchair to push?

The easiest wheelchairs to push depend on the ground you are going over. Larger rear wheels on some models will go over obstacles more easily than other products with transit wheels.

Where can I buy manual wheelchairs from?

We have local stores situated in Northampton, Bicester and Banbury covering Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We’re always happy to explain the market to prospective customers and discuss your needs, and when you’re ready to proceed, we’ll ensure you get the solution you need.

Are wheelchairs VAT exempt?

Your local mobility shop can go through the VAT exemption with you in relation to wheelchairs. The majority of the time wheelchairs will be VAT exempt if you are buying for yourself and have been classed with a chronic illness or disability.

Can I hire a wheelchair?

Yes we have a limited stock of products that can be hired for either a weekend or longer. Just call either Bicester, Banbury or Northampton.

Assessment & Consultation

We are happy to make home visits when necessary and possible, and we will bring a selection of our products with us to demonstrate.

Assessment & Consultation

We are happy to make home visits when necessary and possible, and we will bring a selection of our products with us to demonstrate.


We will deliver your mobility aids ourselves whenever practical, provided you live within a 30 to 40 mile radius of our branches.


We know how important your mobility aids are to your wellbeing. That’s why we offer servicing and maintenance of all our wheelchairs.

Contact us

For a no obligation telephone consultation please call us or fill out our online form.

Northampton: 01604 580 600
Bicester: 01869 253 976
Banbury: 01295 252 722

We have three mobility shops situated in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire that are located in Northampton (our head office), Bicester and Banbury.