Having a mobility aid doesn’t mean that you have to be restricted with how far you can travel. In fact, with all the great products around on the market, the opposite can be said. If you are looking for a way to transport your mobility scooter or other mobility aid with you over a longer distance, for example on holiday, then you may be looking for a scooter carrier to fit onto your vehicle.
This is because mobility scooters are often too large to fit inside a standard vehicle, and even if they’re not too large to fit inside your vehicle, you may have concerns over the safety of the scooter while inside the car. You need something that will keep your scooter secure and safe for the entirety of your journey. You need a scooter carrier.
Yet which scooter carrier do you buy?! This is the age-old question when making a big decision about any serious purchase. Read on to discover a few of the different varieties of scooter carriers that are around at the moment:
View The Best Scooter Carriers Below
1. Goplus Wheelchair Carrier
The Goplus wheelchair carrier mobility scooter loading ramp is made from strong material, can carry a large weight capacity and is a product that is built to go the distance. It is fully adaptable to a large range of vehicles from cars to vans and can hold up to 500lbs at full capacity.
It is made from strong, steel material that is waterproof and durable. The platform size is 49″ x 28″ x 4,” and the ramp size is 42″ x 27″ x 1.2,” so it is wide enough and long enough to accommodate a whole variety of wheelchairs, scooters, and mobility aids and other equipment if required.
The Goplus has been designed to function in three different manners, folding, stationery flat and vertical which means that you have a variety of options depending on how and where you use it and what you need to do. This makes it a fully flexible ramp with versatile handling choices.
+ 500 lbs capacity
+ 3 Functions
+ Steel Material
Why We Like It – The Goplus wheelchair carrier mobility scooter loading ramp has been installed with a safety handle which is welded in place to ensure maximum protection for the person that is using it.
2. Titan Ramps Hitch Mounted Mobility Carrier MC500 SC500
The Titan Ramps Hitch Mounted wheelchair scooter mobility carrier medical rack ramp MC500 SC500 is a simple yet highly functional ramp option for your vehicle and mobility needs. It has a very high weight capacity, being able to hold up to 500 lbs which means your average sized, and above average sized mobility scooter or wheelchair will be more than comfortable and safely fitted onto the carrier while in use for this purpose. It works as a trailer and fits the majority of cars, vans, and vehicles which makes it truly versatile.
It is made from a strong, durable, steel material which only adds to the strength of the product and makes it long lasting, hardy and resistant to extreme weather and being stored outside if necessary.
+ 500 lbs capacity
+ Universal functioning
+ Steel material
+ Trailer compatible
+ 46.5” x 28”
Why We Like It – This ramp is an excellent option if you have limited space and need something that can be stored outside or in a garage environment, it is strong and reliable and has a good number of great reviews from previous consumers.
3. Freedom Mobility Universal Scooter Lift
The Freedom Mobility Universal Scooter Lift fully automatic platform carrier is a high-quality product that costs a bit more than previous models discussed and functions in a slightly different manner.
It is primarily designed as a safety lift to bring the scooter or wheelchair up and down out of the vehicle. It can accommodate three-wheeled or four-wheeled scooters and can hold up to 350 lbs.
It is made from durable material, including a lockdown arm which adds extra safety and security to your journey for your peace of mind – and license plate mounting abilities which is just an added bonus!
+ Safety Focussed
+ 350 lbs Capacity
+ Easy Install
+ Fully Adjustable
Why We Like It – This is an excellent option for your mobility scooter or wheelchair needs. It is a classy design, can accommodate large weights of scooter and chair and is fully functional with a good warranty attached from a reliable company.
Scooter Carrier Buyers Guide
A scooter carrier is a useful piece of equipment that attaches your mobility scooter to the back of your vehicle for longer journeys to aid with your transportation needs.
What to Look for in a Scooter Carrier?
Now you have a feel for some of the various types of scooter carrier products that are out there at the moment, you may still be wondering what you actually need to consider when committing to a purchase.
Is your vehicle able to accommodate a carrier?
Scooter carriers are traditionally fitted to the back of the vehicle. However, they can be placed on the side or inside of the vehicle, if there is room to accommodate this. Your vehicle, if you want the carrier to be attached to the rear of the vehicle, must be able to accommodate trailer type attachments.
What kind of scooter do you have?
This will be the ultimate deciding factor as to which type of carrier you actually need. Carriers are designed, much like scooters, to hold different weights, therefore, various capacities, different sizes, and different shapes. So, you need to know the dimensions of your scooter before you get started properly.
What is your budget?
This is the biggest question. You need to make sure that you are not making sacrifices on safety owing to budget issues. There is a whole world of scooter carriers out there, there is inevitably a suitable one that fits in your budget sensibly. As long as it supports the weight, can be attached safely and accommodates your mobility scooter then those are the main three criteria you need.
Where to get a reliable scooter carrier?
Like most products that you are investing a lot of money and time in, you want it to be right. This is a serious piece of equipment that you need to last, be sustainable and support you in all of the right ways for your specific needs. So, ultimately it is necessary to do a bit of proper research to push you in the right direction.
There are multiple options as to where you can buy a reliable scooter carrier:
Online – Looking online is always a great place to start. It can give you a feel for the products that are available, the different price ranges, and the different levels of availability for your particular model of mobility scooter and vehicle.
In Store – In store you get face to face assistance should you need it, which means more reliable advice than reading an online product description. However, you may not always get the full picture of the product, as there are no reviews to read. You may also end up paying more money as online prices are often cheaper and more accessible.