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jillkjm
07-18-2015, 10:01 AM
Hi I spent a very interesting afternoon at the Queen Elizabeth Foundation in Carshalton Surrey where I was able to try out and get advise on using and tranporting a mid range pavement class mobility scooter. The conclusion we came to is a Rascal 388 scooter and a telescopic hoist is what I need. This is a great starting point,but now I need some help with deciding on a new car. I will be getting this through mobility scheme, has anyone got suggestions where I should start looking, it would be great if anyone out there has experience of similar equipment could tell me what vehicle they use. I do like Japanese cars and have had Hondas and Toyotas in the past.

RAGSTER
07-18-2015, 02:15 PM
hI,

i think you would get help here.

http://www.youreable.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/5-Motoring-help-amp-advice-on-cars-for-disabled-people-Blue-Badge-and-Motability

Matt...

Lighttouch
07-18-2015, 02:53 PM
Overview of the scooter and wheelchair hoists available

http://www.tfgm.com/journey_planning/Tickets/Pages/tickets_travel_vouchers.aspx

Boot hoist tests

http://www.rica.org.uk/content/boot-hoist-user-tests

Types of cars e.g. MPV['s Estates

http://www.rica.org.uk/carmeasurementguide?field_unfolded_wc_back_folded_ value=0&field_unfolded_wc_middle_folded_value=0

Fliss
07-19-2015, 09:21 AM
Hi, working out what will fit in where can be tricky! In my experience the quickest way to do this is to speak with an adaptations specialist. Have a look on Motability website and you will be able to find companies nearest to you. I find they know every boot and are very helpful. Never trust the car sales staff. The RICA website is great, it gives you a lot of detailed information on boot sizes, etc. You need to consider the dimensions of the actual boot hatch, and RICA will tell you this. It's good you have found a scooter that you like; you need to have made one decision and start from there otherwise toy just go round in circles.

In terms of types of cars, you probably want an MPV or possibly an estate car - I've always used an MPV. When you look at Motability cars, a lot of cars are listed as an MPV because the seats fold flat, etc but some of them are not actually that big eg Nissan Note. at the moment I drive a Scenic Grande (7 seater with back two small seats folded flat). Have a think whether you need a full back seat, there are some cars where you can fold down one or two of the back seats and this might help. i don't know much about estate cars; I find MPV easier as its a nice height to get things in and out of, and i can sit on the edge of it if in need to. (I keep a cover in my car so I'm not sat on dirty or wet boot!!). I'm not due to change my car yet, but I had a mooch round the Motability roadshow in May, and was impressed that Fiat had a 500L on display with a scooter plus hoist in the boot. The AP at the moment is very reasonable compared to other similar sized cars, and would certainly consider this if I was looking. I'm no car expert so don't know of any Nissan or Honda cars that would be suitable, but that certainly doesn't mean there aren't any. Generally SUVs tend to have a smaller boot opening than an MPV and there's often a drop between the hatch and the boot floor, which doesn't work as well. You will find yourself looking at everyone's boot in car parks!

Finally, worth thinking about how you want to put the scooter into the boot. If you are able to remove one or both of the armrests and/ or fold the seat/ tiller flat this might help.

If you want, you will be able to extend the Motability lease on an adapted car to 4 or 5 years. This is what I've done so far.

Good luck, do ask more if you think we can help.

jillkjm
07-20-2015, 05:47 AM
Thank you so much for this great reply and helpful information, I will phone the adaptations compny that Qef use this morning