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Things to think about when it comes to boot hoists

Standard boot hoist

Standard boot hoists

A standard boot hoist consists of a compact crane and winch, that are used to lift a wheelchair or scooter. The ‘up-down’ and ‘in-out’ motions are controlled using a remote and the scooter is then guided by hand, to ensure it remains steady.

When the apparatus is not required, the hoist can easily be removed, freeing up luggage space.

Folding boot hoist

Folding boot hoists

Folding boot hoists are similar in their operation to standard hoists, but the hoist arm can be folded down once equipment is loaded. This makes these hoists suitable for use in much smaller vehicles (e.g. hatchbacks).

It’s important to bear in mind that some upper body strength and dexterity is needed to lift and fold the arm, so it’s always a good idea to try one out before you commit!

Tips & considerations

When thinking about the vehicle to be fitted with a boot hoist, the key consideration should always be the size, weight and shape of the mobility equipment being lifted… it might seem obvious, but if the scooter/wheelchair/powerchair won’t fit through the opening of the tailgate, it’s never going to work with a boot hoist! If possible, ask someone to assist with lifting the mobility equipment through the vehicle tailgate, to ensure that it will fit.

Some (or all) of the second row seats will probably need to be folded down

Another thing to bear in mind is that, 9 times out of 10, the vehicle’s second row seats will need to be folded down to make room for your mobility equipment. It’s a conversation we have with our customers on a regular basis – and we know how frustrating it is to lose out on the extra space – but unfortunately, there isn’t usually room to keep those extra seats. So if you’re choosing a new car, think about maximising space and go BIG!

How does your mobility equipment fold? 

As we’ve already mentioned, space is at a premium, so it’s really important to think about how your mobility equipment can be folded/dismantled to make it as compact as possible. That said, if the seat comes off your scooter that’s all very well, but if you can’t lift it off yourself, you’ll end up relying on someone else to do it for you. That may not be an issue, but if you’re a free spirit and tend to be out on your own, then you’re going to want to be able to make any adjustments yourself, so make sure the’re manageable.

If you’ve always got someone with you to help when you’re out and about, that’s great, but make sure they can manage it too… if your hubby insists it’s no problem, but he’s 85 and has a dodgy knee, it may be best to err on the side of caution!


  • Do the armrests/controls lift off?
  • Does the seat-back fold, partially/completely?
  • Are the foot-rests detachable?
  • Can the seat be removed?

 Mobility Scooters

  • Can the armrests and/or the seat be removed?
  • Does the seat-back fold, partially or completely?
  • Does the tiller fold? To the seat or to the base?
  • Does the scooter fold up like a suitcase?



  • Does the wheelchair fold inwards?
  • Does the seat-back fold, or can it be removed?
  • Are the foot-rests detachable?

Measuring your equipment

When you’ve considered what’s manageable, make those adjustments, then get a tape-measure out and start figuring out the dimensions you’ve got to work with.

These are the measurements you’ll need to give to an adaptations installer to enable them to check that a hoist will be suitable in your vehicle of choice:

  1. Height (measure from the ground to the highest point, which is usually the top of the seat rest/tiller)
  2. Height to the top of the seat base (if this is not already the highest point)
  3. Length (front to back)
  4. Width (side to side)
  5. Weight (in kg)


We hope this has all been useful reading! If you still have questions, get in touch (we cover South East England, with the exception of Central London).

Assessing Boot Hoists

wheelchair lifts for cars

Boot hoists are used to lift wheelchairs and mobility scooters into the car safely and effortlessly and are one of the most popular adaptations on the Motability Scheme.

Hoists are the biggest growing market since Motability started subsidising through the Adaptation Scheme. They are a necessary product for thousands of people who rely on their scooters and wheelchairs for their daily independence.

To a direct client, they can cost from £800.00 to £1,800.00, but the Motability Scheme offers huge subsidies on hoists, meaning many cost a fraction of that!

Whilst it’s all good news, we have to ensure your customer receives the correct hoist to lift their scooter or chair and that it fits into the correct vehicle.
When we receive an online order for a hoist we always contact your customer, check what size of chair they are looking to lift and make sure it will fit into the vehicle whilst retaining sufficient seats. You’d be surprised how often we receive an order for a hoist only to discover that your customer’s chair/scooter doesn’t actually fit in the car!

So, what can you do as a Motability Specialist?

  1. Make sure your Motability customer brings their scooter/wheelchair with them at their initial visit to look at your range of cars.
  2. Make sure it can fit into the vehicle – many scooters and wheelchairs are foldable and can be dismantled to a point, but, depending on their disability, your customer may or may not be able to do this.
  3. Make sure your customer is fully aware that their chair/scooter may take up some of the car seating capacity.
  4.  Use your Adaptation Specialist!  Call us when you are with your customer so we can offer on-the-spot advice and help. Every day we talk to Motability Specialists advising on appropriate vehicles, hoists and their chair/scooter combinations. We spend many hours demonstrating hoists to customers to ensure their hoist and vehicle combination is spot on! Use our expertise so you can offer the very best service to your customer.

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Ergomobility Sussex
Units 1 – 4, Crosspost Industrial Park,
Cowfold Road, Bolney,
West Sussex, RH17 5QU

Telephone: 01444 882233

Ergomobility Thames Valley
Reading, RG4 7XW

Telephone: 0118 321 8193

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