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A car should have enough space in the trunk to put a wheel chair in just in case.

Not all cars have lots of trunk space.

When going shopping, people need a place to put their groceries, not in the back seat of the car, but in the trunk. Well not all cars have sufficient space in the trunk.

Fortunately for my wife and I, we obtained a gift of a new car from one of our sons. The old Cadillac had no room in the trunk for a wheel chair. We had to use the back seat to place it, folded, and it was the only way we could carry it when going to the doctor's office for visits. The trunk was full of car parts that took up about half of that space and below it a spare tire.

When we got the good news that my stepson had a car for us, it took a lot of stress off because we were at a point where we thought we would have to visit the doctors on the next few visits in a shuttle and we never have done this but thanks to having received a car to replace that old 95 Cadillac, we now have a reliable way to go to the doctor and carry the folding wheel chair in the trunk. That new car is a good one. It is a breath of fresh air. Now I don't have to walk 8 miles to the post office, or take a bus. The city of Dallas is not real pedestrian friendly. It seems the city is designed with cars in mind.

So, now that we have this new car, a 2010 Ford Fusion, which caused me some real confusion on the first day, we can rest assured that my wife and I can go to our doctor's appointments, the post office, library and shopping once or twice a month. The thing about getting a new car though, is, having to read all of the details in the owner's manual and understand all the bells and whistles included.

Going back to the main subject of this post, the fact that so many cars have such little space in the trunk. I don't know why this is so but it might be one thing that people need to consider before making their next purchase of a new or previously owned second hand vehicle. If you don't have sufficient trunk space, you will end up doing what we did with our older Cadillac, that is, using the back seat as a storage space.

I hope my stepson really knows how much we both appreciate his generous gift to us. The most important thing for me is that my wife has a way to get from point A to point B and back safe and sound and I think this new Ford Fusion will last for years to come. We had to switch liability insurance from the older car to the new one and added uninsured motorist that brought it up to 12 dollars more per month but I felt this was a wise decision because a number of people driving in this city who are prone to accidents generally do not carry insurance or for that matter, don't drive defensively.

Not only do we need to get the title transferred ASAP, signing it over in front of a notary public at the local tax office as there is a certain minimum number of days to take care of this to insure we have the car in our name and have the license plates replaced also. But, all in all, the thing I like most about it is my wife has a safe and reliable way to get to her doctor. Imagine having to rely on public transportation with a wheel chair? I have seen people do this but it is a difficult thing to do. Getting off the bus or train then having to maneuver from the bus stop along the sidewalk a number of blocks to get to the doctor's office is frankly dangerous because motorists seldom pay strict attention to people in wheel chairs and for that matter on foot or riding a bike.

You have a certain sense of personal security behind the wheel of a private vehicle and that is the way I like to travel if not on foot. I still enjoy a good walk in the park.

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VinceSummers wrote on March 5, 2019, 6:43 PM

A Cadillac can't hold a wheelchair in the trunk?

MegL wrote on March 5, 2019, 6:55 PM

I am glad that you have a new car you feel happy with. That was very generous of your stepson.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 5, 2019, 9:30 PM

Yes, it is a great help for us both.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 5, 2019, 9:31 PM

No. Not the 1995 Sedan Seville. It has some room but is just not enough. The spare tire already inside along with some other things. It might have been enough if I had removed absolutely everything but no. It has a dual compartment, the top layer was for storing groceries and other items but had a hidden compartment that stores the spare tire and jack. By designing that particular car's trunk in two sections made it not quite deep enough as a single storage space to put that folding wheel chair in and did not have quite the overall depth the Ford's trunk space has.

Last Edited: March 5, 2019, 9:34 PM

melody23 wrote on March 6, 2019, 6:30 AM

Here in Scotland, public transport is very wheelchair friendly. There has been a big push to make it so over the last few years. All the busses can lower the front down to meet the new higher kerbs they installed at most bus stops and there is a built in ramp that can fold down. The trains still aren't great, you need to book ahead to take a wheelchair on the trains because they have to physically bring a ramp to the platform, but since many stations are not wheelchair accessible where I live (very old stations that involve going up or down stairs to get to with no room for a lift) it is not something I see done often.

We bought a bigger car last year for similar reasons. you wouldn't have fit a wheelchair in my small city car and as we no longer live in the city we didn't really need a tiny car anymore. The snow last year was the straw that broke the camels back, the small car just did not cope well with it at all and I nearly had two accidents in the same week so off to the showroom for a trade in we went and got what is apparently classed as a small SUV.