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Exterior Platform Lifts For Mobility Scooters

Automatic platform lifts are connected to your hitch adapter and run off of battery power to automatically lift your mobility scooter to a safe height for transport. READ MORE

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Exterior Platform Lifts For Mobility Scooters

When most people think of mobility scooter lifts, they envision exterior platform lifts for mobility scooters. These types of lifts are essentially a platform that is affixed to the rear of the vehicle and it is the most common type of mobility scooter lift. It is what you likely see when you are driving on the road. You might be wondering how these platform lifts for mobility scooters grew in popularity.

First, you must consider the ease of use. Once the platform is lowered to the ground electronically, onboarding becomes a breeze. You do not need to have any strength or muscles to load the mobility scooter onto the exterior lift platform. Mobility scooters of nearly any size can be loaded however, this is dependent upon the class hitch you have on your vehicle. Some vehicles will have a larger weight rating and a stronger class. Therefore, it is of critical importance that you ensure your hitch can handle the weight of the lift as well as a mobility scooter. At Mobility Scooters Direct, we understand it can feel overwhelming to ensure compatibility of lifts with your vehicle, then worrying about if the mobility scooter you have is compatible with the lift. The good news is that our team can help you navigate through the sea of confusion.

Platform hitch lifts for mobility scooters even come with special designs. One model, in particular, comes with the metal cut out to look like the American Flag! As you can see, these mobility scooter carriers for cars, SUVs, and trucks are no longer basic. Modern engineering has made its way into these lifts and surely makes you stand out!

How to Choose the Right Exterior Platform Lift for Your Mobility Scooter

Choosing the right platform lift for your mobility scooters first becomes with the type of vehicle you have. Keep in mind, that smaller vehicles like a smart car are not meant to haul an oversized lift for heavy duty mobility scooters that can weigh in excess of 300lbs. Smaller economy vehicle platform lifts are typically reserved for travel scooters because their weight is usually very light. You must consider the weight of both the platform lift and also the scooter. If you are a DIY'er, feel free to head over to Harmar's vehicle compatibility tool found here.

For instance, if you own a 2010 Toyota Camry and a Pride Go-Go folding mobility scooter, your vehicle mobility scooter hitch lift. would be compatible with an AL010 lift. Mobility scooters that are heavier would be very difficult to use an exterior platform lift if you have a compact car. On the contrary, if you have a 2012 Chevy Tahoe, your hitch rating would be superior and as a result, allow you to have a platform lift that could carry anything from a lightweight travel mobility scooter all the way to a heavy-duty mobility scooter. The examples are limitless so be sure to call one of our friendly sales associates to learn more about exterior lift compatibility with your vehicle and mobility scooter.

Be sure to have the following information ready when you are shopping for platform lifts.

  • Your Vehicle Make (i.e.Nissan, Chevy, Ford, Lincoln, etc)
  • Your Vehicle Model (i.e. Rogue, Tahoe, Explorer, Navigator, etc)
  • Your Vehicle's Year
  • Your Vehicle's Tounge Weight
  • Your Vehicle's Hitch Height & Hitch Diameter
  • Your Mobility Scooter Brand (i.e. Drive Medical, Pride Mobility, Merits Health)
  • Your Mobility Scooter Model (i.e. Go-Go, Victory, Buzzaround, etc)

What to Do If There Are No Platform Lift Options

As you may imagine, there may not be a platform lift option available for your vehicle. In instances like this, what are you to do? The good news is that there are alternative options available. If you have a small car, there are trailers for sale that nearly any car can pull. The main difference is that the weight limit on your hitch is not an issue. Most cars can easily pull 1,500lbs.

Another option is to attempt to buy a travel mobility scooter or folding mobility scooter that you can easily pick up and place in your trunk. If you are unable to lift a mobility scooter, then you should strongly consider the trailer options available.