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Powerchairs - help please!


Background - I have ME/chronic fatigue and currently use a lightweight wheelchair some of the time but still struggle to self propel it for more than 50-100 metres on the level.  I can walk short distances with a stick and currently don't need a chair in the house but that might change in the longer term.

I've been persuaded by d-i-l that it's time to start looking into a power chair which should give me more freedom. At the moment I'd be looking to use it just round the local area as I don't want to get a hoist fitted to my current car, but when I change my car next (probably to something like Peugeot Teepee) I'd be looking to get a hoist then.

I've spent a lot of time googling and I'm completely confuzzled (ok it doesn't take a lot but even more so than usual).

What I think I need:
Suitable for outdoor use as well (want to be able to take small grandson to the park and round the wheelchair path in the local woods)
Reasonable range - see above (and hoping to cut down on car use by using this instead for local-ish stuff)
Will fit in a car boot (eg Teepee) and leave room to spare for other stuff - even with a hoist
Small enough to easily get on trains and into my house for storage
Don't want a massive one but my weight fluctuates between 13-15 stone

Other issues:
I'll need to either sort out outdoor storage or get a ramp fitted to my front door as my shed where it could live very happily has 2 sets of steps up to it. Anyone please who store theirs outside on a regular basis (in a small shed/hut etc) does it affect the batteries badly?
New v second hand - obviously 2nd hand may be a lot cheaper, but as I'm hoping this will last a long time is it better to get a brand new one and look after it properly? Knowing a friend's daughter bought 2nd hand and kept getting stranded despite a guarantee has made me a bit (ok lot) paranoid.
I could use motability but will probably buy outright so I can use motability for the car and hoist when I change my car

What haven't I thought about please:
Obvious stuff or not obvious there's bound to be something I'm missing!

Thankyou for any help, recommendations (or anti-recommendations), etc

Oh and I live in Bradford, West Yorks - all the huge showrooms seem to be miles away and the small ones have little choice. I looked at the Motability show but if I'm getting one it has to be by mid April at the latest as I've a trip booked to London and will need it for then.

Sunny Clouds:
Prabs has had a lot of problems with buying a wheelchair and getting it sorted, so he might be able to give you ideas as to what to watch out for.  Hopefully, he'll see this thread.

Hi MEdawn

This is an old thread, but there may be a nugget or two of useful info:

Also, have you looked at this site?

Brilliant thankyou so much!

Of kizzy, that first link brought tears to my eyes, still missing Deb (devine)  :-(


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