Measure the scooter height at the centre of gravity (see image 2). This is where we fit a lifting bracket to the scooter. Usually the seat is folded forwards and the tiller folded down. It is necessary to add on about 4 or 5 inches (100mm – 125mm) for the hoist lifting arm. The total height of the scooter must be less than the height of the boot aperture. Please ask if in any doubt.
Measuring Instructions for Lifting Scooter without Removing Seat
If you wish to lift your scooter into the car without removing the scooter seat then “MPV” type estate cars are often the best choice. This is because the height of the boot opening aperture is greater than in standard estate cars. Good choices for hoists are Vauxhall Zafira, Renault Scenic, Ford Galaxy and Ford C-Max, also Ford Tourneo, Citroen Berlingo or Peugeot Partner.
The size of the car required obviously depends on the size of the scooter. Sometimes it will be necessary to fold some of the seats down to make room for the scooter. In a seven seater car you may lose the seventh seat in fitting a hoist but the other seats will be available when the scooter is not in the boot. For specific cars it is best to refer to us on this matter.
If you know the make and model of the scooter we may already have experience of lifting it into a car for a previous customer.
Measure the scooter length as shown (see image 3). Sometimes the scooter can go sideways in the boot but for longer scooters it may need to go lengthways or diagonally. Ensure that you have enough space in the boot for passengers, luggage, etc. Please ask us if you are unsure. Please also measure the width of the scooter (see image 4).