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Different Ways to get Mobility Scooters into Cars

Summer is a great time to get your scooter out and enjoy the great outdoors; particularly the sights of our beautiful Yorkshire Dales! Unless you’re exploring your local area, you’ll probably need to pop your scooter in the boot of the car to get it around.

Scooters can be pretty heavy to try and lift into the boot, so we’ve thought of a few useful things that will help you with getting mobility scooters into cars.

1. Folding Scooters

Folding scooters sometimes referred to as ‘boot scooters’, are models that can be split down and disassembled to fit more compactly into the back of the car.

There is a range of different boot scooters available, boasting different features like battery size, speed, and weight. This is a particularly easy way of getting mobility scooters into cars.

A disassembled folding Apex Rapid that is ideal for getting mobility scooters into cars

Folding scooters are easier to get in and out of the car because of their compact design and size.

One of our most popular models is the Apex Rapid. It’s one of the few boots scooters on the market that boasts suspension as well as compact structure.

The Liberty Vogue is another option that offers all-around suspension, as well as the ability to be packed away in the boot of the car. But if you’re looking for something more heavy duty with a better travel range, then the Sapphire 2 is one of a few mid-sized models that can disassemble to fit into the car.

2. Ramps

However, if you have a larger vehicle and your scooter doesn’t pack down, then a ramp may be the way forward. We’ve got a few options that have been designed specifically to provide a stable, smooth bridge between the ground and the boot of the car.

The Aerolight Lifestyle ramp is a folding model that can be laid out and put away when no longer needed. It’s also full-width to give you complete peace of mind when moving the scooter into the car.

A ramp leading up into the boot of a 4x4 car

Ramps provide a safe, easy way of getting mobility scooters into cars.

But if you’re looking for something perhaps a bit smaller, the Ultralight Telescopic ramp is the ideal option. This ramp is telescopic so that it can be pulled out to the right size when needed, and then folded back up into a small, neat package and kept in the boot.

This option comes in a few different sizes so you can find the perfect ramp to fit the incline to your car boot.

3. Scooter/Wheelchair Hoist

Yes, you read it right. The Smart Lifter Boot Hoist, a unique solution from Autochair that can lift the scooter or wheelchair into the back of the car for you.

This clever design is fitted into the boot, and can easily be removed from the vehicle if no longer needed. Like a typical hoist, the arm of the Smart Lifter pivots in and out of the boot to facilitate the transfer between.

A secure fastening system goes around the seat of the wheelchair or scooter, and it is then lifted with ease into the car.

4. Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

If none of the above methods are to your liking, then we recommend investing in a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV). These offer an easy way to get scooters in and out of the car because they are built for it.

With a folding ramp, the individual can ride up into the back of the boot and stay sat on the scooter with ease. Their wheels will be strapped down to stop the scooter from moving around during transit, and they can simply reverse out when you arrive at your destination.

Motability is an excellent resource for everything WAV related. They have plenty of information to help you choose your perfect car.

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Motability can help people find the right car for their needs.

Summary

These are a few ways that you can avoid heavy lifting and throwing your back out all for the sake of getting your scooter in the boot. Whether you’re looking for easy disassembly, a foldaway ramp, or a more permanent solution like a hoist or WAV, we can help you find what you’re looking for.

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Comments

  1. Avatar Keith jackson says:

    Hi,
    Do you hire out vehicles that can take a wheelchair and user? I.e user stays in wheelchair and the chair gets strapped down.
    If not where could I go to get that service.
    A taxi service would be fine for trips out.
    (We have been customers of yours for a while)
    Keith Jackson

    1. Lucie Hudson Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Keith,

      Unfortunately we don’t have any wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAV). However, it is possible to hire them from other companies. You can visit the Motability website to find a WAV dealership near you, and apparently Hertz now offer a WAV hire service. You can find out more here:
      http://motability.directenquiries.com/Motability/FindDealer.aspx
      https://www.hertz.co.uk/rentacar/productservice/index.jsp?targetPage=Hertz_Mobility_Solutions.jsp&leftNavUserSelection=globNav_3_5_1&selectedRegion=Europe

  2. Avatar Teresa says:

    Hi can you get a hoist for a scooter to go in the boot sideways on so it sits across the boot, so you do not loose any seats?

    1. Lucie Hudson Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Teresa,

      It very much depends on your mobility scooter and the size of your boot to be perfectly honest.

      We stock lots of different scooters and some of these can be hoisted side on to save your seats. But if it’s the hoist itself you’re wanting, then we’d suggest you get in touch with a company called Autochair. We usually work together with them (us handling the scooters, and them handling the hoists). If you give them a call on 0800 038 9061 then they should be able to help you find a hoist.

      But as I mentioned before, if it’s a scooter you’re wanting, to give our team a call!

      Best wishes,
      Lucie

  3. Avatar Gina Meredith says:

    I want to get a mobility scooter which will go into the back of my car, currently a KIA Venga.
    I need a completely automatic lift/ ramp.
    I am 81 and cannot manage anything which needs man handling.
    Mrs. M.

    1. Lucie Hudson Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Mrs M,

      I think that a Mini Hoist might be the best solution for you, or we could look into any automatic ramps that could be fitted in your car. Give us a call on 01423 799960 and one of our team will be able to talk it through with you.

      Thanks,
      Lucie

  4. Avatar Ken Deakin says:

    Hi, can you tell me if you can supply the Hercules Scooter Hoist please, regards, Ken

    1. Lucie Hudson Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your comment. We don’t supply the Hercules Scooter Hoist because, being honest, we don’t find it particularly effective. I’d suggest you take a look at Autochair to see if they have a car hoist that will meet your needs – http://www.autochair.co.uk.

      Kind Regards,
      Lucie

  5. Avatar hinda awad says:

    my husband has just bought me a small folding scooter , total weuight 4stn. Pride Quest S 19. we are having a Hyundia i 10 small 5door car can a hoist be fittedif not what type ramp shoul we prchase many thanks .hinda

    1. Lucie Hudson Lucie Hudson says:

      Hi Hinda,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      We don’t actually personally deal with the car hoists but we can suggest a company called Autochair (telephone number: 0800 0389061) they specialise in the car hoists and should able to advise you whether a car hoist would work in your situation. Alternatively, we have ramps available however from experience often customers may find it difficult negotiating the scooter up the ramp and then of course lifting the actual ramp into the car afterwards. One of our most popular scooter loading ramps is the Fibreglass Mid-Fold ramp which we have on display at our showroom in Harrogate if you wanted to try in person.

      Thanks
      Lucie

  6. Avatar Yvonne says:

    My husband has a dream pacer x scooter. We have split level step’s comprising of 3 and 3. In the front going up to the gate. Is there such a thing as a pulley that we can use in conjunction with a ramp to help getting the scooter up the ramp. Look forward to your reply. Thank you

    1. Avatar Tristan Hulbert says:

      Hello Yvonne, many thanks for your message! Unfortunately we don’t know of anything like a pulley system, however if the ramp for the steps is long enough (ie. not too steep) and there is enough room at the bottom of the steps for the ramp to extend out over, then you could actually drive the scooter up there? I hope this makes sense, if you do want to discuss then please give us a call on 01423 799960.
      Many thanks
      Tristan

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