The Basics Of Wheelchair And Scooter Lifts
If you are a mobility scooter or power wheelchair user and are looking at ways of taking your scooter or wheelchair with you this article should get you up to speed on mobility scooter lifts for cars and vans. A scooter lift will help you to carry your scooter safely and legally in your car or van so that you can bring it along for holidays or road trips. There are a few different types of scooter lifts.
Types Of Scooter Lifts
Mobility scooter lifts can be most broadly divided into two main types. There are outside vehicle and inside vehicle lifts. The type of lift that you should use depends upon the kind of scooter you have and the size of your transport vehicle i.e. car or van.
Outside Lifts For Scooters Or Power Wheelchairs
An outside lift is basically a platform that raises your scooter up and off the ground but keeps it outside your car or van. The first advantage of this is that they do not take up space inside your vehicle. Since the wheelchair or scooter is outside your vehicle you do not lose the huge amount of space that they would have being taken up inside your car or van. These lifts are ideally used on smaller vehicles that cannot fit a scooter or wheelchair.
The major disadvantage is that there is no protection for your scooter from the elements and even from theft. Also, if your scooter or wheelchair is not secured to the platform tightly, there is a risk of it falling off. Though the platforms normally fold up but they still spoil the looks of vehicles which some people do not like.
Inside Lifts For Scooters And Power Wheelchairs
Inside lifts transfer your scooter or wheelchair up on a platform till level with the inside of the car or van at which point you roll the scooter inside the vehicle. The advantage is that your scooter of wheelchair is completely safe from traffic, the elements and from theft as well. There are also mobility scooter lifts for pickup trucks that are like a small crane with manual or powered operation. Even if your scooter is not secured perfectly there is still little chance of it falling out of the vehicle. Since there is no external hardware they do not spoil the vehicles’ looks or aerodynamic efficiency.
The major drawbacks of inside vehicle scooter lift is that you will sacrifice a large amount of cargo or passenger space when using the lift. Also you need to have a vehicle that is physically large enough to actually accommodate your electric scooter or wheelchair.
Mobility Scooter Lift Prices
The prices of inside vehicle scooter lifts generally start at around four hundred dollars at websites online but you can expect to pay more for those with greater weight capacity. Prices are different for models with a weight capacity of up to 400 lb. Alternatively, you can try the second hand scooter lifts which are often cheaper and still serve the purpose.
Renting Scooter Lifts
Sometimes, you may only need the scooter lifts for a short period of time such as when travelling for holidays. In these circumstances, it is best to rent from local vendors or hospitals. The rental prices are usually low and you do not need to worry about the cost of ownership such as maintenance, repair and replacing parts.