Choosing a Correct Car Lift
Car lifts make it easier to transport a mobility scooter or a wheelchair from one place to another. When deciding what type of vehicle lift to use, there are two main factors you need to take into consideration:
- The type of mobility vehicle being transported
- The type of vehicle it is being transported in
With so many types of mobility aids available today, choosing the right one can sometimes be a daunting prospect. At Mobility Specialists, we deal with this day in and day out. We are familiar with the different types of lifts and disability aids that are available and can help you assess your needs and make the right choice. Call us today so we can help make it easier for you to get out of the house and get on the road as soon as possible.
Type of Mobility Vehicle Being Transported
The type of mobility vehicle that you need to transport will be the major determining factor. Are you transporting a manual wheelchair, an electric wheelchair or a mobility scooter?
When transporting a manual wheelchair, you can simply fold it up and put it in the trunk of your car. Practically however, it is not as simple as it appears to be. The space in the car may just not be enough and even if it is, manual wheelchairs are often too heavy to lift and put into the back of the car. The best solution – a non-motorized external wheelchair lift that attached to the hitch of your vehicle.
If you have an electric wheelchair or an electric scooter, you will need a motorized wheelchair lift. A manual lift chair will not work. Again, there are several different types of lifts. Universal lifts can be used for both, wheelchairs as well as scooters whereas others are more specifically designed to transport either one or the other but not both.
Type of Vehicle Doing the Transporting
The vehicle that you will be using to transport your mobility device is an equally significant deciding factor. A passenger car is more restrictive because of the smaller space available and the only option available is usually a crane lift or a hitch mounted lift. Your options increase tremendously if you have a van or an SUV, where, in addition to the crane lift or a hitch mounted lift you also have the option of using an internal wheelchair lift. This is like a small platform that extends from the vehicle allowing the mobility device to be driven onto it. It then retracts so the device gets stored inside the vehicle.
Other factors that also come into play include your lifestyle, how often and where you travel to and whether or not you have someone to help you.