When making the decision to purchase any kind of new vehicle there are always a number of considerations to take into account.

But making the decision on a used disabled vehicle presents a few additional factors, most especially related to finances.

Wheelchair user being pushed up ramp of handicap van

There’s no way to sugar coat it- it’s a big financial investment. Therefore making the right choice on the right vehicle is paramount.

If you’re looking to invest in used disabled vehicles, here are a few considerations to factor into your final decision.

Our Top 4 Considerations When Buying Used Disabled Vans

Making the financial investment in a used disabled vehicle is not something to be taken lightly.

But if you do a little homework beforehand, you can generally get your hands on a deal to last a lifetime.

But before you sign on the dotted line, here are our top four things to keep in mind:

1. Find a Reputable Dealer

When it comes to purchasing any type of vehicle, old or new, a reputable dealer is your best shot at pinning down a good deal.

Specialist dealers in used disabled vehicles have a broad knowledge of the equipment and facilities you’d be looking for. These dealers are well-versed in the operation of equipment in a disabled vehicle and can best recommend a vehicle to suit your budget.

Make sure your dealer is certified beforehand and has experience in dealing with disabled vehicles and the needs of the driver and its passengers.

2. Consult With a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist

This is a great way to gain insight into the specifics you will need in your vehicle in terms of your disability.

A certified driver rehabilitation specialist will supply you with a list of the exact equipment you’ll need to drive comfortably in a disabled vehicle.

Additionally, these rehabilitation specialists can provide training on new equipment or driving lessons if and when needed.

3. Consider the Features You Need

Aside from the equipment and facilities your vehicle will need, there are features to consider before committing to a sale:

  • Can the vehicle accommodate the rest of your family?
  • Is there enough storage space for long-haul travelling?
  • Is the rest of the seating comfortable for other travelling passengers?
  • Can your car be driven by some else, without a disability?
  • Does the vehicle require any modifications before making payment?

Make a list of all of the above when you visit a mobility vehicle dealership and ensure all bases are covered.

4. Do an Overall Vehicle Check

Once you’ve found your ideal accessible vehicle, it’s important that a once-over check is done.

Enlist the services of your own mechanic to check the body, interior and mechanical parts of the vehicle.

Most importantly, ask them to check the function of the wheelchair lift. Double check that the lift suits the wheelchair you or a loved one is using.

Depending on how often your vehicle and the specialist facilities are used, make sure to schedule vehicle maintenance every four-six months.

Looking For the Ideal Converted Vehicle?

Brook Miller Mobility offers 20 years’ experience in providing solutions to an assortment of mobility problems.

Whether you’re looking for used disabled vans, mobility scooters or converted vehicles, we have an option to suit your needs.

View our latest range of wheelchair accessible vehicles here.

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