I hope I am posting this in the right place.
Basically the problem is I need to use a powered wheelchair and need a motability car that a powered wheelchair will lift into in one piece. I mostly have no one with me to assist, so need to be able to hoist in/out without assistance.
I currently have a Electric Mobility Turnabout 312 which is an ideal chair for me. However the problem I have is that it will not hoist into my current motability car whole. It needs the seat lifting off prior to hoisting the base unit into the car. The lifting off of the seat (and putting it back on) is getting too difficult for me to do alone. This is because the chair with seat folded is too high for my current Focus Estate (the folded chair height is 84cms).
I am due to replace my Motability car shortly and having done some detective work with hoist manufacturers it seems the only cars my current chair will go into one piece is the Citroen Berlingo/Peugeot Partner/Fiat Doblo, all van based and to be honest not comfortable for me at all hence I would rather it be a car based vehicle as opposed to van based.
I am thus willing to buy another powerchair but would like to find out if anyone knows which powerchairs will lift into which vehicles in one piece (or with just taking the headrest off and folding the seat backrest forwards, not lifting the seat off or other heavy 'dismantling')?
Regarding choice of vehicle, I need an automatic, but am not really too bothered about the Advance Payment but obviously the lower AP the better. Re the powerchair needed, range is not too much of a problem as I don't go far from the car, perhaps upto a total of 5 miles or so. I also weight 16 stones so need a relatively powerful chair. A scooter is not an option, it must be a wheelchair due to my disability.
I have looked into the WAV options but they all seem to be for either travelling in the chair in the rear, or even the drive from wheelchair models do still require a second person to use the tie downs, sort out the ramp etc.
Has anyone any ideas which car/powered wheelchair combination would be suitable for me to use alone?