One of the most important tools you may consider investing in if you have a mobility product is an auto lift. Whether you have a wheelchair, scooter or any other device, it’s likely part of your lifestyle to the point where you depend on it every day. The challenge is having to transport your device wherever you go. If you’ve considered investing in a wheelchair vehicle lift, be sure to answer these questions to help you purchase the correct one.
What is The Make and Model of Your Vehicle?
This is an easy question to answer, but it’s also a critical detail to consider before beginning your search for a platform lift. The installation of a vehicle lift will be different if you have an SUV compared to a car, pickup truck, crossover or any other type of vehicle. Some modifications may be required for the vehicle, but they should be minimal. If you’re in the market to buy a new vehicle, the manufacturer may offer grants or other incentives for disability modifications, so be sure to ask the sales representative you work with about this before making a purchase.
What Weight Capacity Do You Need?
Think about the heaviest mobility device you need and select your auto lift based on its weight. For example, if you have both a wheelchair and a mobility scooter, be sure to select a weight capacity that will support the heaviest one. You’ll also need to select a hitch that can support the weight capacity needed so you’ll feel safe transporting your device wherever you go. The last thing you want to happen is the hitch fails and your mobility equipment crashes down and becomes damaged. Working with a professional who installs vehicle lifts regularly can ease your mind in this regard.
Will You Need An Exterior or Interior Auto Lift?
Deciding whether you need an exterior or interior auto lift is one of the toughest decisions to make. Interior lifts are great since they protect your device from weather elements as you’re driving. The downfall is they take up cargo space inside the vehicle. Exterior lifts are simple to wheel your device onto the platform lift and raise it behind your vehicle. You’ll save cargo space, but extra protection is needed to keep it out of the weather during transport. Either auto lift option is a great choice and simple to operate, but it’s important to think about ahead of time to determine which type fits your personal needs.
Next Day Access offers a variety of wheelchair vehicle lifts to allow people to easily transport the mobility products they rely on so heavily. We will help you through all of the questions you may have to ensure you select the right product to fit your needs now and in the future. Start by giving us a call and we will make ourselves available to serve you with more information and a free estimate.