The Three Types of Scooter Lifts

  1. Platform Lift: The easiest solution. You simply drive the scooter onto the platform, secure it down via manual or automated solutions, then push a button and it stows away inside your vehicle.  These are the easiest type of lift for you scooter, but also consume the most space inside your vehicle and will also consume that space even when the scooter is not loaded.
  2. Crane Style Scooter Lift: These lifts can lift both power wheelchairs and scooters from many different mobility device manufactures.  Applications can range from minivans, SUV's, full size vans and pickup trucks.  Power chairs and scooters will need to be adapted with a docking device for the Crane lift to connect to begin loading.  Many models are available to accommodate most vehicle-mobility device applications. 
  3. Outside and Hitch-Style Scooter Lifts: These are becoming more and more popular as power wheelchairs and scooters are getting larger while most door openings on vehicles are getting smaller.  This will require a hitch to be on the vehicle with basic four-prong wiring in order to be installed. Securing the device is relatively simple and in some cases the lift will do it automatically.  Keep in mind that you will want to research the tongue capacity of your vehicle and follow OEM manufacturer's recommendations.