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Old 06-04-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Sunshine State
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My mother is a right leg amputee who doesn't use a prosthetic (by choice). She's able to drive, has her license and is ready to buy a car. The problem she runs into is finding a vehicle other than a van where she can load her wheelchair in the backseat and then get into the drivers seat. She is able to do this fine in my minivan but really wants to find something smaller if possible because she lives alone and doesn't want something that large. Does anyone have any suggestions for car models that we can look into? My web searches seem to pull up a lot of conversion vans so hoping someone here may have experience with this.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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Small pick up maybe(that uses a crane to lift the chair in to the bed)? I cant see a car having room for the wheel chair.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:40 PM
 
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My wife uses a wheelchair and we have a Toyota Camry 4 door sedan.

I fold the wheelchair and put it in the back seat.

It takes strength and is a hassle,though.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Sunshine State
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She is strong and easily loads her chair in and out of my minivan. She opens the backdoor on the drivers side, loads her chair and then is able to lift herself into the drivers seat without losing her balance. Trunk wouldn't work because she has to hop back to the front and the same goes for lifts/ramps. Trying to talk her into taking my van but she wants something smaller. She's looked at the Kia soul but it doesn't look tall enough inside to fit the height of her wheelchair. Maybe the back seatts could be removed?
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:10 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Would she mind if on the back of the car, there is a special carrier that can hold her wheel chair on a hitch mounted bracket or something ?
How did she get the wheel chair in the van before ? Just keep it open and push it in ?

My Mother in Law is wheel chair bound, and it is really a hassle to fold the wheel chair and stuff it in the trunk. We have a Honda Accord ....

On the other hand, if you would look for the smallest car that is a 5 door one, where the rear lid moves *UP*, she may be able to collapse the chair and slide it in ?

With a little bit of *tinkering*, one could make a slide thingy, made from heavy duty drawer slides, that could help her move the chair into the back of that 5 door sedan ?
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:15 PM
 
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Not mnay vehicles are goig to have the space between front and rear seat or the clearnace when the side door is slide open.Electic side door even makes it easier.Have a friend who husband is whell chair and a small GMC SUV. Chair has to be folded;then lifted to to rear.Not a job for perosn with one leag or any age.Space between front of back seat and rear of front seat doesn't leave much room like leg room of a mini.
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:16 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Personally I would do the IMS minivan. They are very nice, and versatile. Especially if she has some friends in Wheelchairs. As she ages she may really appreciate the minivan (plus they are CHEAP to buy and insure, EZ to see out of, and pretty economical.

I would also look into a Subaru Forester (taller and ez to get in and out of). You can take out the rear seats if you need too.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I've seen people do what you want with cars like the old Saturns that had rear passenger doors that open the opposite of most car doors. You open the driver door, and then you can open the rear passenger door and have easy access to load the chair in. I don't know if any newer cars have those doors. see pic in link here:

http://www.saturnpedia.org/wp-conten...1/807531_4.jpg

Another option is a chair-topper. It looks like a luggage carrier on top of the car. You transfer to the driver seat and then fold the chair. The chair topper opens up and a hook comes down. You attach it to the chair. It then gets lifted up and stowed on its side in the chair topper. That would work on any car, I think. see pic here:

http://www.autoadapt.com/images/prod...opper_w277.jpg
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Personally I would do the IMS minivan. They are very nice, and versatile. Especially if she has some friends in Wheelchairs. As she ages she may really appreciate the minivan (plus they are CHEAP to buy and insure, EZ to see out of, and pretty economical.
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They are far from cheap. IMS was bought out by Braun Mobility. They are really nice vans though.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: NYC
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Ford Transit Connect Wheelchair Van | Ford Handicap Vans | Transit Mobility

I've seen a few Ford Transit Connect wheelchair vans.
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