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Your source for Harmar scooter lifts in Kansas City

Mobility News | Personal Mobility

wheelchair and scooter liftIf your unique needs require the installation of adaptive equipment on your vehicle, including scooter lifts, we can help. Mid America Coach is your source for Harmar scooter lifts in Kansas City.

Many automobile manufacturers offer mobility programs that will reimburse you for the installation of adaptive equipment, including Harmar scooter lifts. Made in the USA by a leading maker of mobility products and accessibility solutions, these lifts exceed our strict standards in terms of quality. Harmar products are designed to operate with very little maintenance.

Some of the Harmar products that we are able to install include inside or outside lifts for vans and SUVs, truck lifts for flatbed installations, hybrid, and micro lifts for vehicles. Additionally, Mid America Coach offers a full warranty on lifts, as well as service and support. Usually, there is same-day installation on Harmar scooter lifts, meaning you’ll have your vehicle back and be on the road with your new lift quickly.

Harmar offers more than just one solution for your mobility needs. Through professional consultation, the authorized Harmar dealers at Mid America Coach are able to assist you in understanding the various features of each model that may work for you so that you will have the best lift for your own specific needs.

Mid America Coach has been providing mobility solutions in the Kansas City area for more than 30 years. For more information on Harmar scooter lifts or the other products and services that Mid America Coach provides, visit us at our Kansas City showroom or contact us today.

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Harmar Scooter Lifts in Kansas City Have Versatility to Meet Your Needs

Blog | Handicapped Minivans | Mobility News

wheelchair and scooter liftFor those who wish to maintain their independence and lifestyle a power scooter is a great choice, however, it comes with the problem of transporting the scooter from place to place. Harmar scooter lifts in Kansas City is the solution. Harmar has many versatile lift options that does not require you to purchase a modified vehicle. One of the world’s leading manufacturers of mobility and accessibility products that can be fitted to your car, van, SUV, or truck, Harmar produces outside lifts, inside lifts, hybrid and micro lifts. All Harmar’s lifts are made in the USA.

Among their outside scooter lifts is the AL160 Profile Lift. This streamlined lift has an open platform with a smaller silhouette so you have greater visibility outside the rear window when the lift is folded up. The automatic hold-down foot secures scooters with wheelbases between 30 and 42 inches. The most popular Harmar outside lift is the AL100 Universal Scooter Lift. It secures scooters of any size and has a 350 pound capacity. This lift also has a manual crank backup, license plate mount, and swing-away option.

An inside scooter lift eliminates the platform lifts on the outside of the vehicle and brings your scooter into the cargo area of your van or SUV. The AL215 Axis 1 is a single axis inside lift for small and light scooters. The power lift and manual rotation makes it easy to use and the controls are weather resistant. Additionally, it has an offset post that can be safely unloaded to the side of the vehicle. Harmar also has a variety of scooter arm lifts for your flatbed truck.

The AL015 is specifically engineered to fit the Pride Go Go ES micro scooter. It is simple, lightweight, and can lift up to 91 pounds. It is also class 1 hitch capable. The compact, hybrid AL600 platform lift can accommodate scooters or power chairs of any size. Requiring only 43 inches of depth, it is perfect for mini-vans, SUV’s, and smaller crossovers. It allows for easy drive on and drive off convenience of your scooter or power chair.

Come visit our showroom to learn more about Harmar Scooter Lifts in Kansas City and  Harmar mobility accessories designed for your vehicle. Or contact us for a recommendation of the best lift for your needs.

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ADA Compliances to Look For When Searching For A Wheelchair Van For Sale

Blog | Mobility News | Shuttle Buses | Wheelchair Van

Whether you are searching for a wheelchair van for saleDSC06287 for personnel use, hotel shuttle, limo service, college/university, church or senior living transportation, you need to be aware that there are several Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) compliances you need to look for.

Wheelchair Lifts

  • Wheelchair lifts must be securely adhered to the door of the van.
  • Van door openings must be 56 inches.
  • Wheelchair lifts must have a 600 pound capacity.
  • Wheelchair lifts must have a manual lift control in case of loss of electrical power.
  • Wheelchair lifts must lift and lower smoothly.
  • The van must have a safety lock that stops the vehicle from being driven while the lift is in operation.
  • Wheelchair brakes must be locked before lift operation to avoid rolling while lift is in operation.

Wheelchair Tie Downs

  • Wheelchair brakes must be locked once the chair is in position inside the van to avoid rolling while van is in motion.
  • There must be 4 tie downs, one at each wheel.
  • Tie downs must be securely anchored to the van floor.
  • Tie downs must be able to wrap around the frame of the wheelchair at each wheel or hook onto the chair if it has built in hook capability.
  • Tie downs must be able to quickly disconnect in case of an emergency.

Seat Belts

  • All persons riding in the van, including the driver, are required to wear seat belts.
  • The driver of a transportation van may be required to assist disabled passengers to fasten and unfasten their seat belt if they are unable to do so themselves.
  • Seat belts must meet all safety requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), section 49, CFR part 571.


  • All flooring, including any aisles, steps, and flooring under the wheelchair, must be slip resistant.
  • All flooring must remain slip resistant in wet and dry conditions.

For more information on ADA wheelchair van requirements, visit their website Having the knowledge of ADA compliance for wheelchair vans will help you choose the right one. Contact us today and let us help you find a wheelchair van for sale.

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Scooter Lifts Offer Kansas City Residents Freedom to Travel

Blog | Mobility News | Personal Mobility

wheelchair and scooter liftScooters are a great way for the disabled or those that have trouble getting around to regain their freedom of navigating their home and property easily. They are however troublesome to transport as they are heavy and most don’t have a vehicle equipped to load it. A scooter lift is the ideal solution as it offers easy in-and-out lifting that can be successfully achieved by almost anyone.


Consumers with passenger cars do not need to go out and buy a larger van or SUV to accommodate their mobility scooter. Microlifts such as the Harmar AL055 work with specifically designed scooters that fold to allow for them to be placed within the trunk for storage and require no lifting from the user. The scooter is lifted out and lowered back to the ground where it can be reassembled to use wherever you want to go.

Vans and SUVs

Owners of Vans and SUVS have two options with inside and outside type scooter lifts. The inside lifts mounts within the vehicle and lifts the scooter up and into the back storage area while traveling. Outside lifts like the Harmar universal scooter lift, are designed to drive the scooter onto. This external platform then lifts up so you can safely drive with the scooter up and away from the roadway. These are both viable options with the external lift allowing for the vehicles storage area to be available for use.


 Scooter lifts can be installed for Kansas City residents in one or two business days with minimal fabrication to your vehicle. They are built from high quality materials and are highly dependable so you don’t have to worry about your scooter becoming stranded somewhere. Many manufactures offer reimbursement programs on qualified lifts installed on their new vehicles which offsets the cost to the consumer.

If you would like more information on installing a scooter lift on your current vehicle, please contact us.

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3 Tips to Follow When Buying a Wheelchair Van for Sale

Blog | Mobility News | Personal Mobility

Handicapped minivan

Wheelchair accessible minivan

It is possible to save money when you are looking to buy a wheelchair van for sale. Depending on the number of wheelchair riders, the number of passengers who will usually accompany them and also an owner’s willingness to rely on a brand name’s solid reputation, there are suitable options for all buyers.

  • Buy a new wheelchair minivan for the lengthy warranty period. Buying a new van is always the best option. For example, a 2012 Toyota Sienna Handicap Van offers spacious room for five passengers plus one wheelchair. Its automatic transmission, 3.5 L V-6 engine and power fold-out ramp make this van easy to drive and operate. A Braun ramp van conversion package with power ramp-side entry makes it easy for all passengers to enter and exit the vehicle. Since you will enjoy the full length of the manufacturer warranty on this motor vehicle, it is a good solution for the buyer who intends to hold on to the van for a while.
  • Used wheelchair minivans are less expensive alternatives to new vehicles. Accommodating five passengers and one wheelchair rider, the 2012 Grand Caravan or 2007 Toyota Sienna handicap vans are good choices for the discerning buyer. Another option is a 2006 Pontiac Montana handicap van. All these vehicles feature an automatic transmission and offer a variety of power options. They are in excellent condition and easy on the wallet.
  • Used commercial wheelchair vans are cost-effective solutions for multiple riders. Case in point is the 1999 Dodge Ram Wheelchair Van that accommodates seven riders and two wheelchair passengers. A raised roof provides added comfort while the 5.9 L V-6 engine and automatic transmission make operation of this vehicle easy. Power steering and power brakes provide additional safety on the road. This particular model uses the Braun Millennium wheelchair lift as part of the conversion detail.

Searching for a wheelchair van for sale? Mid America Coach experts are well versed in the differences between the various wheelchair vans currently for sale. All our minivans have BraunAbility wheel chair van conversions for handicap use. We price our used vehicles based on age, mileage and overall condition. Contact us today to discuss the features and amenities of these vans. A friendly transportation expert can make your next wheelchair van purchase quick, easy and stress-free.

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Mid America Coach partners with Adapt Solutions

Blog | Miscellaneous | Mobility News | Personal Mobility

Contact:  Peter Beren, President, Mid America Coach

Phone: 816.734.5000

October 24, 2012

Mid America Coach of Kansas City, Missouri has entered into an agreement with Adapt Solutions of Saint-Lambert, Quebec to offer Adapt Solutions’ products and services to modify customer’s vehicles for personal mobility needs.

Adapt Solutions serves the mobility industry with innovative solutions for gaining access to vehicles.  Made with simplicity and safety as paramount, Adapt Solutions products make entering and exiting a vehicle easier for physically challenged individuals.

Since 2001, Mid America Coach has provided excellence in the sales and service of small and mid-sized shuttle buses as well as personal wheelchair accessible vans. Participate in all life offers by having the right vehicle to give you the freedom of mobility.

According to Peter Beren, President, “This provides a strategic balance in the products that we offer to our customers.”

For more information on Mid America Coach or Adapt Solutions’ products, click here


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Federal agencies speak out on passenger van use

Mobility News | Personal Mobility

WASHINGTON, D.C — Officials from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sent a letter today to all 50 states’ motor vehicle administrators to remind them that 12- or 15-passenger vans should not be used to transport students.

In the joint letter, David Strickland, NHTSA administrator, and Anne S. Ferro, FMCSA administrator, state that pre-primary, elementary and secondary schools should not use these vans to transport children because they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses meeting NHTSA’s safety standards. They also remind DMV commissioners that federal law prohibits the sale or lease of a new 12- or 15-passenger van if it will be used to transport students.

Moreover, Strickland and Ferro cite recent fatal crashes in New York state and Georgia involving 15-passenger vans that resulted in the deaths of 10 people and injuries to many other occupants as evidence for the need to improve the safe operation of these vehicles.

The agencies’ safety data indicate that 9-, 12- and 15-passenger vans are often inadequately maintained and the tires are vulnerable to deterioration as they age. The vehicles also display sensitivity to rollovers, particularly when they are fully loaded.

NHTSA and the FMCSA have undertaken an outreach strategy to van owners to improve the safety of the vehicles, and Strickland and Ferro ask the nation’s DMV commissioners for assistance.

They request that the commissioners send a NHTSA consumer advisory to every registered owner of a 9- 12- and 15-passenger van in their states, along with a letter that explains what owners of these vans should do to improve their safety and stability.

To read Strickland’s and Ferro’s other requests to DMV commissioners, click here.

The National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) supports federal law and NHTSA’s regulations that prohibit the sale or lease of new 12- or 15-passenger vans if they will be used to transport students, and also concurs with the statement in today’s letter that pre-primary, elementary, and secondary schools should not use these vans for transporting students.

NASDPTS distributed Strickland’s and Ferro’s letter to the nation’s state directors of pupil transportation and encouraged them to forward it to others who may be involved in decisions about vehicles used for student transportation.

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FTA bus test adjustment touches on weighty health problem

Mobility News

Early last week, the FTA proposed, for more accuracy in bus safety regulations testing, an adjustment to the average passenger weight it uses, from 150 lbs. to 175 lbs., and increased the average occupied floor space from 1.5 to 1.75 square feet. Many mainstream media outlets picked up the story this week, and it seems to have hit a nerve.

In addition to the fact that the decision implies the average American has, in the less-than-delicate observations of some writers, “gotten fatter,” the current regulations were determined in 1960, half a century ago. Far be it for me to say but, yeah, seems like it would be time for an update.

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