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    wheelchair van rental close to the seattle airport

    Going to W2W and will have a day or two at the end. Looking for a wheelchair van to rent that is no more than 15 miles away and can't seem to find any. Is anyone from Seattle and know of one. I've already called 5 cos that mention Seattle but then find out they are 30 to 40 miles away with $80 pickup and drop off fees so this won't work.

    Also how are the wheelchair accessible taxis there? thanks
    Cindy Waters
    mom to Anthony, right c5, left c4 (24yo)
    injury march 2003

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    I should know something since I have always lived here, but I do not have an answer. However Enterprise car rentals has a gigantic lot very near the airport. The five companies that are 30-40 miles away aren't making any sense. Downtown Seattle isn't that far away.
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    We rented a van (and a power chair) from a company in the northern suburbs of Seattle about 8 years ago. Can't remember their name for sure, but I think it was this one: http://www.absolutemobilitycenter.co...an-rental.html, but they did not offer airport delivery. They were a van modification and sales company. My sister and bro-in-law picked the van and wheelchair up for us (driving down from Anacortes) at their store and picked us up at the airport. When we flew home, we reversed that.

    I found this listing for wheelchair accessible cabs (rear entry): Yellow Cabs Seattle and the phone number is 206-622-6500.

    (KLD)
    Last edited by SCI-Nurse; 09-17-2014 at 10:24 PM.

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    There is this listing, says they service SeaTac airport:
    http://www.wheelchairgetaways.com/
    I have had periodic paralysis all my life. I lost my ability to walk in 2011 beginning with a spinal block, which was used for a hip fracture caused by periodic paralysis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    There is this listing, says they service SeaTac airport:
    http://www.wheelchairgetaways.com/
    Here is a direct link to the franchise. We have used Wheelchair Getaways in other cities, but they usually have a fairly high delivery and pick-up charge, in addition to fairly high rental rates:

    http://www.wheelchairgetaways.com/fr...monds/home.htm

    (KLD)

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    One additional company that lists rentals in the Seattle area: http://www.kerseymobility.com/wheelc...tals/index.php (No experience with them, just know they exist.)

    As far as taxi cabs go, Yellow Cab have the exclusive license to pickup at the airport taxi queue, and the queue does contain vans. They will pull forward a van from the queue if needed. Otherwise, if you call for a prearranged pickup at the airport, and then you can arrange a pickup from any of the other taxi companies in town. I personally prefer STITA (http://www.stitataxi.com/) when going to the airport, as their drivers generally seem nicer. I'm never organized enough on the way home to prearrange, so I just go to the queue.

    Both Yellow Cab and STITA have rear entry mini-vans. I'm not familiar enough with the other companies to know what they have, if any.

    Additionally if you are only headed downtown, the light rail system is only about 3 years old, and very accessible and runs to the middle of down town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    We rented a van (and a power chair) from a company in the northern suburbs of Seattle about 8 years ago. Can't remember their name for sure, but I think it was this one: http://www.absolutemobilitycenter.co...an-rental.html, but they did not offer airport delivery. They were a van modification and sales company. My sister and bro-in-law picked the van and wheelchair up for us (driving down from Anacortes) at their store and picked us up at the airport. When we flew home, we reversed that.

    I found this listing for wheelchair accessible cabs (rear entry): Yellow Cabs Seattle and the phone number is 206-622-6500.

    (KLD)
    thank you this is a company i have called already. they are 20-25 miles out of seattle. want $85 to drop off and $85 to pickup; not feasible for a 1 or 2 day rental. Thanks for the taxi number. that might be an option if taxi rates are reasonable to go pick up and return the van.

    Have used rear entry cabs before have to tilt anthony waaaay back to get in with power wheelchair and head just barely getting inside and then once inside since tilted back so far he is longer and barely fits; has to ride that way, which is ok just a warning. "accessible" cabs around the US are still usually just for little old lady wheelchairs.
    Cindy Waters
    mom to Anthony, right c5, left c4 (24yo)
    injury march 2003

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Here is a direct link to the franchise. We have used Wheelchair Getaways in other cities, but they usually have a fairly high delivery and pick-up charge, in addition to fairly high rental rates:

    http://www.wheelchairgetaways.com/fr...monds/home.htm

    (KLD)
    I called them also the farthest from the SEATAC and yes ridiculous fees to deliver
    Cindy Waters
    mom to Anthony, right c5, left c4 (24yo)
    injury march 2003

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    one good thing is our hotel will be right across the street from something called "sound transit" so far I have figured out that this system can take you right to the Pikes Market, China town, etc. and I think the space needle. All those being about 35 min away with this train from where our hotel is. Hilton Airport.

    We were wanting the van to go up into the mountains and out of touristy stuff for a day but guess that won't happen
    Cindy Waters
    mom to Anthony, right c5, left c4 (24yo)
    injury march 2003

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonoise View Post
    I should know something since I have always lived here, but I do not have an answer. However Enterprise car rentals has a gigantic lot very near the airport. The five companies that are 30-40 miles away aren't making any sense. Downtown Seattle isn't that far away.
    called enterprise, alamo and another one no one rents wheelchair vans at the airport
    Cindy Waters
    mom to Anthony, right c5, left c4 (24yo)
    injury march 2003

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