Basics of Scooter Lifts

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

Best Price Scooter Lifts OnlineAn 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.

Used Wheelchair Lifts for Cars and Vans

Buying used stairlifts is the way to go if you are someone who is constricted to a wheelchair. It is also a good idea if you are looking for a lift for your van or other vehicle that you want to get around in. If you are in a wheelchair but still have the ability to drive then there are special lifts that are designed to help you get in and out of your vehicle. It can also allow you to drive from your chair or will provide a place to store your chair while you drive if you are someone who can get in and out of your chair on your own. Most of the time the lifts that are put into vans are ones that are used for transportation of wheelchair bound users. We usually see in vans owned by aged homes which provide day care for old people. These vans have to pick the elderly people in the morning and send them home in the evening. Smaller lifts can be fitted to cars if you do not own a van.

Types of Wheelchair lifts for Vehicles

There are two types of wheelchair lifts that can be installed to your car or van, the external hitch mounted type and the internal wheelchair-lift The former is meant to hold the wheelchair outside the car while the user is in the cabin. The internal lift system is installed on the inside of the vehicle; an example is the Mini Universal lift 200. The lift is powered by an efficient hydraulic system that can lift up to 200 pounds.

One thing that you will want to know is how this type of lift works. One of the best types and easiest to use is one that operates on hydraulics. This type of lift will have a control panel that can be used from inside the van and also one that can be operated from a keychain device. When the lift is engaged it will automatically rise up and come out of the van. The wheelchair can then be pulled onto the platform and the ramp can then be put back in the van using the hydraulic system.

Once the ramp is back inside the van there are only a few more steps that have to be completed in order to ensure a safe ride for the user. There will be locking straps on the ramp that will go around the wheels to lock them in place. This will keep the wheelchair from moving while the vehicle is in motion. Once the straps or locking mechanisms are in place the chair will not move until the locks are disengaged.

Wheelchair lift is very convenient for both the wheelchair user and the caregiver of that person. There is no need to try to transfer the person to another type of seat and the locks ensure that the user will be safe for the ride. Also, there is no strain put on the caregiver since the lift is automatic. The video below is a tutorial on how lifts for vans function.

Cheap Price of Wheelchair Lifts for Vehicles

The cost of a used wheelchair lift compared to a new one is much cheaper. If you are going to buy a new lift, you can expect to pay almost three thousand dollars for it. Plus there is the cost of modifying the van so that it is handicap accessible.