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Which Vehicle Wheelchair Lift is Best for You and Your Needs?

BraunAbility Commercial Wheelchair Lift in white Ford Transit

With your wheelchair, you have your set of wheels and the increased mobility that comes with it. But to get further afield than your immediate neighborhood, you need wheels for your wheels. A vehicle wheelchair lift would mean greater independence for you and the freedom to go where you need to go.

Your choice of a vehicle wheelchair lift is almost as important as your choice of a wheelchair. Finding one that suits you best becomes easier once you know your options. Read on to discover the range of inventive solutions to straightforward travel in your vehicle with your wheelchair.

Vehicles Suitable for Wheelchair Lifts

Superior Van & Mobility specializes in vehicle conversions and adaptive driving solutions of all types including wheelchair lifts and scooter carriers. However, it’s no secret, when it comes to wheelchair-accessible conversions and driving adaptations, vans and SUVs work best. Their larger platform, height, and floorplan options provide more space and accessibility options.

Exterior Vehicle Lifts

A blue mobility scooter sitting behind a blue SUV with a Harmar AL100 wheelchair lift installed on the rear

Outside wheelchair vehicle lifts secure a wheelchair or mobility scooter to the vehicle’s exterior, generally at the rear. Because of this, the main advantage of an exterior lift is increased vehicle compatibility. More lift and carrier options are available for more vehicle types, including sedans.

An exterior wheelchair lift or scooter carrier works by attaching to the vehicle’s towing receiver. If your vehicle does not have one, one must be installed. Note: vehicle tongue weight will dictate using an external wheelchair lift on your vehicle. Please be sure to contact one of our lift managers to check the compatibility of your car.

Another great benefit of using an external lift is if you have multiple vehicles. It is possible and easy to move an external lift from one vehicle to the next if compatible.

To use an external lift, the user must stand for two to three minutes while the lift is running and walk a short distance without assistance. However, if you travel with a companion or caregiver, an exterior would also work for you.

Interior Scooter Lifts

Smart Lifter Wheelchair & Scooter lift inside the rear hatch of a blue hatchback holding a power wheelchair

There are many different models of interior scooter lifts & carriers available. Most store the mobility scooter or wheelchair in the cargo area of a vehicle, Some work like a crane. We call these hoist-type lifts. They are usually installed inside the rear hatch of a vehicle or in the bed of a pickup truck. They use a strap attached to a lifting point on your wheelchair or scooter. They lift your device into the air and then rotate to place it inside your rear hatch or bed of your pickup truck for transport.

There are even options that utilize a drive-on platform. This type of lift is called a hybrid lift. They are one of the easiest to use. A user drives their mobility equipment onto the platform, secures it, and then uses a handheld pendant to lift and store their device inside the rear hatch.

As you can see, many options available can make the entire process daunting. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution for scooter carriers & lifts. The make and model of your vehicle have as much to do with which lift type will work best as your scooter or power wheelchair.

We suggest you converse with one of our lift managers for these reasons. Their experience matching your equipment type, to your vehicle type, to the most suitable lift or carrier type is invaluable.

Wheelchair Lifts for Wheelchairs With an Occupant

Photos of commercial wheelchair lifts installed in vehicles

One last type of lift available is occupied lifts. These types of lifts are often found in commercial applications. They are much larger but also much more substantial. They have lift capacities of 800 to 1000-pounds.

These lifts are designed to lift a person while they are seated on their wheelchair. The user does not transfer from their chair into a vehicle. They will remain in their chair during transport.

Due to their size and operation, occupied lifts have strict requirements for use. They require full-size vans or buses for installation and are generally not used in consumer applications. The keyword there is generally.

If you would like more information on internal or external wheelchair lifts and scooter carriers for sale, or to check if your vehicle is compatible, please reach out to our lift managers. You can call them direct at 1-844-341-LIFT (5438). You can also research and view the different lift models by clicking on the link below.

Shopping For a Scooter Carrier or Wheelchair Lift?

4 images of Harmar & Bruno Power scooter and wheelchair lifts and carriers

Shopping For a Scooter Carrier or Wheelchair Lift?

Online vs Brick & Mortar Mobility Dealer

With online shopping becoming more of the rule rather than the exception these days, you may find yourself searching for a scooter carrier or wheelchair lift for your vehicle online. While there are numerous sources out there where you can do just that, is that going to be your best option? Most likely, it is not. Here are just a few reasons why it makes more sense to buy your scooter carrier or wheelchair lift from a “brick and mortar” mobility dealership such as Superior Van & Mobility.

EXPERIENCE

The manufacturers train our mobility consultants to examine each application, ensuring you choose the right piece of mobility equipment for your current and future needs. Finding the right wheelchair lift or scooter carrier is not always as easy as finding one that fits your vehicle. We must consider many additional factors when determining what mobility equipment to recommend.

  1. Is the lift rated for the proper amount of weight it will need to carry?
  2.  Is the lift the appropriate type for your mobility device?
  3.  Does your vehicle have the specifications needed to handle a lift and its cargo?
  4.  Every vehicle has a “tongue weight rating” or TWR. The TWR is typically 10% of the vehicle’s overall towing capacity. For example, your vehicle has a 1,500-pound towing capacity. Therefore, the TWR is 150 pounds. If you add a 100-pound lift and a 200-pound scooter to that vehicle, you will exceed the TWR. This can result in serious damage to your vehicle and mobility device. Plus, consider your safety. Exceeding the TWR is not only bad for your vehicle/equipment, but it also affects the handling of the vehicle, which can jeopardize your safety and that of your passengers.

So, considering the investment you already made into your vehicle and mobility equipment, does saving a small amount purchasing online seem like such a good deal after all? Yes? No? Well, let me continue…

A blue mobility scooter sitting behind a blue SUV with a Harmar AL100 wheelchair lift installed on the rear

TRAINED TECHNICIANS

All our technicians have been trained and certified to install and service every lift. This installation takes place in one of our service facilities. Not only will you have the peace of mind knowing that you are receiving the correct lift, but it’s also being professionally installed and backed by a full warranty. (Most manufacturers require your mobility device to be professionally installed for activation of warranty)

  1. When you buy a lift online, who will do the installation?
  2. Does your installer warranty their work?
  3. How are you sure your installation was done correctly, and it is safe?
  4. Who will adjust it to make sure the platform angle is correct to handle the weight & size of your mobility device?
  5. How do you know the correct hitch adapter is being used to ensure the lift is installed at the correct height?

These are all questions you must seriously consider as your safety and your equipment depend on it. However, suppose you purchase from brick & mortar facilities like Superior Van & Mobility. In that case, these items you can rest assured are addressed and handled correctly as your safety and your equipment is our top priority.

PERSONAL SERVICE

When you call Superior Van & Mobility, you will speak to one of our lift consultants, not a salesperson. Our consultants are trained to ask the right questions and intently listen to your current and future needs before recommending any product. Our staff is not paid on commission, so you will find our approach is low pressure and understanding. You can rest assured that we will ask the right questions to ensure the wheelchair lift or scooter carrier you need is the perfect fit and addresses your current and future needs.

When you shop online, you must make sure you’ve done all your research correctly and understand what you are purchasing will work for your situation. You must know exactly what questions to ask, your measurements, weights, etc., and hope the information you provide and are provided is correct. Remember, an online-only retailer is only out for sale. They are not concerned with the service after the sale.

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QUALITY PRODUCTS

When buying a wheelchair lift or scooter carrier from a brick-and-mortar dealer, you know you are getting a quality product. At Superior Van & Mobility, we do the research before selling any product as our business depends on it. We will only sell products that we feel are of the utmost quality, safe, and backed by a full manufacturer warranty.

There are many lift companies out there. However, not all of them build their products with the same quality construction as others. If you purchase a wheelchair lift or scooter carrier online, how well will it hold up and do the job you rely on it providing? Who will service your device if it malfunctions? What if you need parts? At a brick-and-mortar dealer like Superior Van & Mobility, our goal is to ensure that your equipment is correct for your needs and is quality made and of good components. There is nothing worse than being out and about, only to have your lift malfunction leaving you stranded!

Most brick & mortar dealers like Superior Van & Mobility are members of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). These dealers must uphold the highest in standards, and when they are also part of the NMEDA Quality Assurance Program (QAP) they must also provide 24/7 emergency service. We will never leave you stranded!

TRUST

Superior Van & Mobility has been over 45 years, serving clients. We have an A+ BBB rating in every state we have a facility, and as mentioned earlier, we are standing members of NMEDA. We have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the business!

At Superior, we will always stand behind our work. We have a dedicated staff, each ready and willing to help you in any way possible in “Regaining Your Independence.” We pride ourselves on having a staff passionate about helping others. It is our driving force. When you purchase Superior Van & Mobility, you become part of our family.

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5-Items To Consider Before Buying a Mobility Seat for Your Vehicle

Lady sitting in turny evo mobility seat in a van and image of handicap transfer seat installed in a van

Before You Buy A Mobility Seat for Your Car, Truck, Van or SUV - Consider these 5-Items

  • PERSON WHO NEEDS IT – Similar to wheelchair options, it’s equally important to consider a person’s vehicle seating needs and how the product can best assist. Is it for a child or an adult? Which seating area in the vehicle makes sense to replace with a mobility seat?  What controls or customized control buttons are available for drivers versus passengers?  If a child or someone needs assistance, what options might a caregiver need to assist them in safe seating positions?
  • USAGE – It’s best to have a plan for usage.  Will a mobility seat be used once or twice a day or less frequently? Is the seat for the driver or passenger of the vehicle? 
  • COST – The cost of mobility seating products can vary according to the type of seat and the vehicle it will be installed into. There are also new and used seating options available at most mobility dealers. Often, a used mobility seat might be the best option for your budget.
  • FIT AND COMFORT – A mobility seat is an investment in your mobility and independence.  It’s important to ensure the type of mobility seat you choose gives you the support and comfort that you expect and need. This includes accounting for any health-related seating reasons. Many seats are compatible to work with your factory OEM seating. However, in some applications, this is not the case. For these applications, there are numerous aftermarket seats available that provide the same level of comfort and options.
  • IS A MOBILITY SEAT YOUR BEST OPTION?  Are you looking for a short-term or long-term solution?  When considering this, you’ll want to consider the reason for the mobility seat. Is it an injury or illness? Is there a condition that will progressively advance requiring additional needs?  These are important questions to ask upfront, to ensure your investment is going to be your best option. While a mobility seat might work now for you now, is it going to in the long-term?  Know all your options first by taking into account the long-term need. A mobility consultant will best assist you in understanding your options.

Here are a Few Videos of Available Mobility Seating Products

Handicap Parking Violator Deterrent System, ParkSmart from VMI

Handicap Parking Violator Deterrent System, ParkSmart from VMI

VMI Parksmart logo

VMI Introduces, ParkSmart™ Handicap Parking Alert System on New VMI Wheelchair Vans Beginning 2021

There’s a new product in town and it is designed to help drivers and passengers of wheelchair accessible vehicles with eliminating blue stripe parking violators on handicap parking spots. The product is called ParkSmart™ and it is a new, patent pending feature that will be found on EVERY new, VMI handicap, wheelchair accessible vehicle beginning 2021.

However, before I get into the nuts & bolts of the system and how it works, for all who may not know (The blue stripes next to a handicap parking spot, that is designed for parking a wheelchair van, are there to alert other drivers to NOT park to close to their vehicle. The stripes are designed to mark off the appropriate distance from the handicap accessible vehicle where the driver can deploy their wheelchair ramp to safely exit and enter their vehicle).

Image of handicap Parking spaces
Lady coming out of her wheelchair van in a parking lot with a silver car parked illegally in handicap spot blocking her access

Now that I’m done with that, let’s get into how the system works. It’s quite cool! First the driver of the wheelchair accessible vehicle parks his or her vehicle in the spot designated for handicap van parking. Next, upon exit of his/her vehicle the user pushes a button on the dash to engage the new ParkSmart™ feature from VMI. (The system engages on a delay to allow the user to exit the vehicle). The wheelchair user then exits the vehicle and goes on about his/her business. The system is now engaged and active within 30 seconds. In all, the sensor works just like those on the rear bumper of a vehicle back-up system, deploying a short distance radar of sorts. Now, if a driver of another vehicle or a motorcycle user decides to park within the blue stripes or to close next to the, VMI wheelchair accessible vehicle, an audible alert will sound as the driver is getting out of their vehicle. The audible alert is then followed by a record message, further alerting the driver they have parked their vehicle illegally or too close to the wheelchair user’s vehicle and it asks politely to move their vehicle. The message will repeat itself as needed to ensure the user hears the message if there is a delay of them exiting their vehicle.

Closeup image of the button inside a VMI wheelchair van that activates parksmart parking assist
ParkSmart™ Button

 

There you have it! The industries first, passive parking alert system designed to assist wheelchair users in stopping the ever so frustrating handicap parking violator. In my opinion, this is going to be a game changer! I applaud Vantage Mobility International (VMI) with developing such a nice feature that can only help our users of wheelchair accessible vehicles by eliminating one of the biggest headaches they encounter in their travels, handicap parking violators. Thank you VMI!


Watch a Demonstration Video of ParkSmart™ from VMI Here!

Shop our Current Inventory of New Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles Here!

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Handicap Van Options Make Transit Easy

Handicap Van Options Make Transit Easy

4 images of Harmar & Bruno Power scooter and wheelchair lifts and carriers

What Can These Options Do For You?

New or used handicap vans are the main means of transportation for people with disabilities. They can compensate for most disabilities while providing comfort with the available options. Depending on your disability, you can choose which options would best fit your needs.

Here’s a list of customized options. These options will make commuting easier and more comfortable for you and your family.

The Options:

The main options for additional handicap van equipment include; Bruno Valet, portable ramps, hand controls, driving aids, lifts, jump seats, wheelchair tie-downs, transfer seats and platform carriers. Here’s a description of each:

Driving Aids: Driving aids include pedal extensions, wheelchair pulleys and sensors to help drivers maneuver safely.
BraunAbility Turny Evo: A Turny Evo seat allows someone with limited mobility to get in and out of their vehicle with very little effort and strain.
Lifts and Scooter Carriers: Lifts and mobility scooter carriers are probably one of the most useful options for a handicap vans and other accessible vehicles. Lifts and platform carriers for a van can be mounted internally or externally. They can lift a person in a wheelchair in and out of the car or store a mobility scooter during a commute.
Wheelchair Tie Downs: wheelchair tie-downs can be installed into the floor of a handicap van to secure wheelchairs during transit.
Hand Controls: In the instance of someone who has limited or no use of their legs, that person can have hand controls installed into their steering column so they can operate their vehicle.
Transfer Seats: A transfer seat works just like a lift and platform carrier. It can lift a wheelchair into a handicap van.

Understanding all of these options will make customizing your handicap van an easier process. Click here for additional buying tips.

Joey Wheelchair Lifts

What is a Joey Wheelchair Lift & Scooter Carrier?

Older couple standing at rear of minivan with lady operating a bruno joey lift with their red scooter on the lift platform.

 

If you’re looking for a wheelchair lift to improve your mobility in your handicap vehicle, the Joey Model VSL-4000HW is one of the best options available on the market. The easy to use wheelchair and scooter lift effectively lifts and stores your unused scooter or powerchair inside your vehicle at the touch of a button. It works with both wheelchair accessible minivans and full-size wheelchair vans. All you have to do is roll your mobility device onto the platform from either side, hit the button, and let the lift do the rest of the work. Your scooter will be safely stored and out of the way.

Securement belts allow for maximum safety during transport, and an optional barrier system is also available if you need a little extra reassurance. The powerful performance and exquisite design of this Superior Van wheelchair lift mean you will enjoy many years of dependable transportation no matter what kind of scooter or power chair you are using.

The one-button operation of the Joey lift is powered by your vehicle’s battery. It handles devices up to 28 inches wide and has drive on/drive off capabilities. With this piece of equipment you will never have to drive your scooter or power chair in reverse. It features a rack and pinion design with a horizontal rail, offering one of the most compact footprints available in the industry.

Lastly, the custom mounting fit offered with the Joey lift fits a wide range of vehicles and requires little to no drilling. In most cases, third row seating is used to help preserve your vehicle’s resale value. With the Joey, you don’t have to sacrifice your vehicle style or value. Call Superior Van & Mobility today and check one out today to see how it can improve your experience.

 

Handicap Van Lifts: What Are Your Options?

Handicap Van Lifts: What Are Your Options?

4 images of Harmar & Bruno Power scooter and wheelchair lifts and carriers

There are lots of ways vans accommodate people with disabilities these days. From pivoting seating systems to adaptive driving hand controls to access ramps and lifts, you’ve got plenty to consider. One of the more important decisions you’ll make is picking from the various handicap van lifts on the market.

Whether you use a wheelchair or a scooter, whether you need side-entry or rear-entry and other factors influence the decision. Think about your needs and preferences and consult your driving rehabilitation specialist and dealer to make the most appropriate choice.

There are two primary differences of Handicap Van Lifts:

Unoccupied Handicap Van Lifts

If you’re looking for the cheapest lift option, you may be able to use one of the available unoccupied handicap van lifts. The two types—swinging arm-style lifts and platform-style lifts—load and unload a scooter or wheelchair when you’re not sitting in it. They’re easy to use and they’re smaller and lighter than lifts made for occupied mobility devices.

Obviously, this sort of equipment is for people who get in and out of their scooter or wheelchair for vehicle travel. If you need your mobility aid when you get where you’re going, but you can access the van on your own, this may be the best option for you.

Occupied Handicap Van Lifts

If you can’t always get out of your scooter or wheelchair van for travel, Occupied handicap van lifts that only work for unoccupied devices aren’t going to cut it. You need something that can safely elevate and lower you while seated. There are several types of occupied lifts that do just that.

Under-vehicle lifts attach outside the van, so they don’t take up any interior room. Single-post split platform lifts are relatively small and well suited to smaller mobility devices. They permit easy access to the passenger door when stowed. Dual-post split platform lifts are similar but larger. Standard dual-post lifts have sturdier platforms and two hydraulic arms that are well suited to the largest and heaviest wheelchairs. This equipment is strong and dependable. It does block access to the door where it’s installed when stowed, and it sometimes prevents seats in front of it from reclining or sliding back. However, in many instances, there is no safe substitute.

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