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What to Look for in a Power Vehicle Lift

Things To Look For In A Power Vehicle Lift

When a wheelchair becomes part of a person’s life, being able to take it places is essential for maintaining independence. With that being said, it’s good to know what to look for when shopping for a lift. 

Chair lifts come in many different weights and operation options. Also, not all power wheelchair lifts are made for all vehicles, so understanding what to look for in a lift will help you select the right one for you.

Types of Power Wheelchair Lifts

There are many kinds of lifts. Some are manual on the outside of the vehicle and others are electric on the outside of the vehicle. There are also ones that are inside of the vehicle. The Pride Mobility Backpacker Plus Interior Van Lift can handle a variety of power devices, is mounted manually on the outside of the vehicle and has a unique locking system to keep a wheelchair safe.


For individuals with a small vehicle, having a smaller model is best, as the vehicle can’t handle a large sized one. In this case, Mini Wheelchair Lift is perfect. It holds an impressive 150 pounds, you can operate the lift with the up and down power switch, it’s made of 100% steel, swings away to get into the trunk, and it automatically folds up. 

Minivan owners will want to purchase either a vehicle equipped with an internal lift or choose WheelChairs Carrier: XL4 Large Scooter Lift. This lift features a pre-assembled platform you can drive your vehicle onto and it can lift up to 350 pounds. This is the only lift on the market designed to lift extra large mobility scooters! Since it automatically folds it easily stows away and the Power Switchbox makes it easy to operate it up and down when needed. 

What to Look for When Buying a Lift

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to a lift. To sum it up, this is what you should look for. 

Vehicle Capability

The wheelchair lift must be compatible with your vehicle. This includes being the right weight and size for it. Demanding too much of your vehicle for the lift can cause unnecessary wear and tear, leading to reduced longevity. 

Weight Capacity

It must be able to hold your wheelchair securely. For those with an extra-large model, it’s vital to choose a lift that can support the large design and weight of it. Look at the specifications to ensure it identifies being able to hold an XL unit. 

Manual vs. Electric Operation

Many have a switch box to move it up and down, while others can be moved manually. Depending on who will use the power wheelchair lift and the user’s preferences, look for how it is moved up and down in the description of the lift. 

Swing Away 

Be sure to choose a lift that swings away to access the trunk. Not all lifts do this, and we can tell you that this feature is a must, as it is much nicer to simply swing the lift away versus having to remove the lift whenever you need to access the trunk. 

Purchase a Power Wheelchair Lift 

Taking your power vehicle wherever you desire ensures your freedom and independence, which preserves your quality of life. Purchasing a lift is an investment in your happiness, so choose the one you’ll be sure to love. 

If you’re having a difficult time choosing the right power wheelchair lift for you, feel free to give our representatives a call. They are highly knowledgeable about the lifts we carry in our online store and can answer all of your questions. You can contact them by calling 1-800-674-8395 or by clicking on the chat icon to connect online.


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