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The Best Cars for Mobility Scooters

Although we don’t sell wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), we know how challenging it can be to find the perfect cars for mobility scooters. There are so many different cars and configurations – it’s difficult to know when you’re making the right choice.

We often have clients asking us for any advice on cars that will fit mobility scooters, so we wanted to put together an article that could help you find the right vehicle for your needs.

Where do I start?

Well, first of all, you want to think about the things you’ll be using your car for. There’s no point in you getting a huge car fitted with all the bells and whistles if you’re not going to drive it that often.

Similarly, you’re going to find it very difficult if you invest a smaller car with fewer benefits when you’re using it every single day to commute.

Things you may want to consider:

  • How often will you use the car?
  • Where will you be travelling to and from? Is it a bumpy ride?
  • How big is your scooter?
  • Will you require extra space when getting in and out of the car?
A foldaway ramp leading a mobility scooter up into the back of car

Various aids like foldaway ramps can be used to make it easier to get your scooter in and out of the car.

It is often good when looking at cars to ensure that the boot height and inside lip Is a suitable height for lifting up and over. Often a boot sill with no lip is prefered.

How will these cars be different from usual vehicles?

There are some differences between scooter/wheelchair accessible cars and other motors on the road. The main one being that cars for mobility scooters and wheelchairs will usually be fitted with a ramp or a lift.

This facilitates an easier, safer method of getting in and out of the vehicle. The ramp or lift can be fitted to the side or the back of the car depending on where access is the best.

Are there any scooters that are specially designed to fit into cars?

There are lots of lightweight mobility scooters that have been specifically designed to be more compact so that they can fit into a car boot. Models like the Liberty and the Minimo are great car boot mobility scooters and can actually be folded down to a smaller size, and others like the Sapphire 2 can be taken apart with no hassle for easier transportation.

Alternatively, the Cabin Car Mobility Scooter may be of interest to you if you’re not wanting to invest in a car, but want your scooter to be your main source of transportation.

Folding mobility scooters can also fit into a lot of cars and can be lifted with ease.

So which cars are best?

Of course, this depends on what you’re looking for. We recommend using Motability’s Car Search tool to help you get a better idea of what cars can meet your needs. But it’s always good to know what sort of size car you’re wanting before anything else.

Small Cars: These are great if you’re wanting something cheaper and cheerful for short journeys. 2-3 door cars can accommodate a compact or folding mobility scooter in the boot, and usually cost less money to run, insure, and tax than bigger cars. A small car might not be for you if you are transporting other passengers, or if you are wanting a more spacious vehicle.

Medium Cars: These cars can still come in a hatchback shape, but tend to have 4-5 doors. This can be a great benefit to scooter users, as it gives you more room inside the car itself. Again, a scooter can be popped in the boot and it’s more likely that you can take other passengers in the car with you. Similar to small cars, a medium car probably won’t give you enough room to actually sit on your scooter in the car.

Family Cars: Traditionally saloon or estate cars, these offer more space for passengers who may be travelling with you. Saloon cars tend to be a bit comfier, which is great for longer journeys and more regular usage. Estate cars offer the same comfort, but with the added benefit of a larger boot, which may fit a scooter in without it having to be packed down. Estate cars are a bit longer than standard vehicles, so it might be worth test driving it first to make sure you’re comfortable with its size.

Multi-purpose Vehicles (MPV): MPVs come in all shapes and sizes, and are usually the right height to allow the user to stay seated on their mobility scooter when inside the car. They tend to have larger boot openings to accommodate a ramp or lift at the tail of the car, and they also boast more space inside for other passengers. Some MPVs can carry up to 9 people with ample headroom and legroom. Some models may have sliding slide doors for easy access.

A Fiat multi-purpose vehicle with extra space in the back of the car for mobility equipment

MPVs like the one shown here are ideal cars for mobility scooters and wheelchairs because they have extra space.

Car Hoists

When you’re looking for a new car, it is the ideal time to also think about any additional equipment you may want to invest in to make travel easier. One great piece of kit if you plan to regularly store your mobility scooter in the boot is a car hoist. They can be fitted into your boot and allow you to lift your scooter in with the press of a button!

Summary

As with any big investment, choosing a car can feel a bit overwhelming and sometimes confusing. But if you’re looking cars for mobility scooters, there are lots of tools available for you to use.

As previously mentioned, the Motability Car Search is a great way for you to work out exactly what’s on offer for you and your needs. We can help you if you’re needing to find a scooter that is more car-friendly and compact, so don’t be afraid to get in touch.

Lucie Hudson
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Comments

  1. gary pennells says:

    This article leaves out many practical considerations: For instance – How high is the loading sill? Is the boot floor flat from the sill inwards?

    1. Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for pointing that out. We’ll take a look at these factors and update the blog post.

      Kind Regards,
      Lucie

  2. annaston says:

    I have a quingo Viennese 2 which is quite large. What vehicle can I put it in. Please

  3. Ian Jaims says:

    This article doesn’t actually tell you anything you didn’t already know. The useful information: what cars are suitable you have to get from a third party motability search tool. Makes me wonder why you bothered.

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Ian,

      Thank you for your feedback.

      We published the article to help people understand the different factors they should think about when choosing a car to fit their mobility scooter because the best type of car is likely to vary for different people.

      The motability search tool is very handy, you can choose from a lot of different search criteria. So we also wanted to make people aware of a tool which can help them find the best car for their needs.

      We are always eager to improve our resources, so I will look into adding some more specific car makes/models that are popular with mobility scooter users!

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  4. simone presser says:

    I am looking to get a motability car & need a hoist but I know nothing about cars and not much about hoists. I don’t want the hoist to take up any of the rear seats & I don’t want a WAV as I had 1 and still lost 2 of the back seats and it was like driving a van. Can you advise me on what type of car I should look for? I know I need an automatic, Would an estate car be any good? any other suggestions? my scooter is a CareCo AirLite X Travel Mobility Scooter Product Code: MS01051 & the specs are ;Height (cm): 82 Length (cm): 101 Width (cm): 49 & Weight (kg): 41
    I have spoken to Motability and they have come up with 24 estate cars I just wondered if there were any other options?
    Many thanks Simone Presser

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hello Simone,

      Thank you for your comment. We’ve worked with lots of clients looking for Motability cars.
      Generally, we advise following Motability’s recommendations. So, if they recommend an estate car that is likely your best option.

      In terms of car hoists, we’d recommend speaking to Autochair if you haven’t already found a hoist. They are able to supply and fit car hoists.
      If you visit their website here or give them a call on 0800 038 9061, someone should be able to help!

      Thank you,
      Leanne

  5. Laurence says:

    Hi I have had mobilty scooters for 20yr I have found the best car to load a mobilty scooter with a hoist is Ford Galaxy auto MPV,I load my shoprider Paris 4 wheel scooter Seat On with my Brigayd hoist the two rearmost seats folded into the floor flat,no load lip and I have 5 seats to use this being a 7seat mpv.I also have an electric tailgate this is a fantastic car for people like myself,the main thing is tailgate height you can then load a boot scooter in with the seat on, Galaxy tail height is 36.5 inches.No SUV can come near the versatility of an MPV if you need a hoist,hope this helps other people.Thankyou for reading Laurence

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Laurence,

      Thank you for sharing your experience, I’m sure it will be very helpful for others looking for a car that works with their mobility scooter!

      Kind Regards,

      Leanne

  6. Vanessa Kovacevic says:

    My motability supplier tells me that if i want to stay seated on my scooter when in the wav, the scooter model must have been crash tested by law, but that just about no scooter has that test. He says I must change to using a wheelchair not a scooter. Is he correct?

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Vanessa, many thanks for commenting!

      Yes, this is correct – if you want to travel in a WAV whilst sitting on a powered mobility device, then it has to be a crash-tested wheelchair and not a scooter. If you need any help selecting the right wheelchair for you then just get in touch with our team – I’m sure we’ll be glad to help!

      Many thanks,
      Tristan

  7. Christopher Harper says:

    What type of vehicle would be able to transport two scooters together in the boot? My partner has a scooter & I’m getting one next year. I’m thinking only a transit type van & ramp will do this.

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Christopher,

      Thanks for your comment!

      It depends on the type of mobility scooter you and your partner have. With folding models, there may be the option to fit two in the back of one car.

      However, if you don’t want to fold them down/disassemble every time then a transit van and ramp would be a good option.

      I’ve asked my colleague to contact you to see how we might be able to help further.

      Kind Regards,

      Leanne

    2. Sandra Crook says:

      I also would like to know the answer to this question as we fold our small mobility scooters down to put in the boot, our scooters are like the Liberty scooters.

  8. jenny wilson says:

    my husband has mobity scooter bought darcia duster but the car too big for me would the mobility scooter fit in mini countryman????

    1. Leanne Godfrey says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Many thanks for your comment.

      A mobility scooter may fit in the boot of a Mini Countryman – it would depend on which mobility scooter model you chose.

      A scooter that splits down into two parts for storage may be the best option. However, it depends whether you and/or your husband are able to split down the scooter then put it back together again each time you want to put the scooter in the car.

      Your best option is to visit a showroom and test some different scooter models to see what fits. If you’re in the North Yorkshire area, our showroom is open 8.30am to 4.30pm every Monday to Friday. Our showroom manager, David, would be happy to help.

      Kind Regards,
      Leanne

  9. JANE R says:

    I have seat alambra auto with brig aid hoist
    Fantastic car scooter goes in perfect
    Have 5 full seats still
    Don’t need to dismantle scooter other than folding seat down and I have handle bar slightly tilted and this doesn’t need to be moved either
    If you have it straight up maybe that will need adjustment slightly but this is fabulous for any motability scooter user I have go go Traveller lx ,the deluxe longer model
    I’m now looking to change and can’t say at moment what auto is suitable that cost under 2000 advanced payment, manual u could get but automatic s at mo so so much more
    The peugeot 5008 about the best so far but still looking all other 5 seater vehicle s your going to lose 2 seats or will have to dismantle scooter ,which I’m unable to do and require 4 seats
    Hope this helps anyone looking and if u find anything let me know I really don’t want a van type vehicle …

    1. Tristan Hulbert says:

      Thanks for commenting Jane, I’m sure this will be very useful to others viewing this post!
      regards
      Tristan

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