Whether you’re planning on driving the car yourself or are purchasing it for a family member, there are several important things to consider before purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicles. In addition to the car being safe and comfortable to operate, you’ll also need to think about your budget, the amount of space needed, and of course, the quality of the car.
One of the main goals for owning a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) is to become as independent as possible. However, if you happen to select a WAV that isn’t standard regulation, the experience can actually backfire.
To avoid this, we’ve created a helpful guide for you to refer to when shopping around. Take a look and feel great knowing you did everything possible before purchasing the best vehicle for your needs.
Shopping Tips for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles
With so many options to choose from, it’s important to be as prepared as possible before you step foot into a dealership. Remember to take your time making the most informed decision possible and you’ll be well on your way to owning the best car for your needs. Try a few of our helpful tips below!
1. Know Your Needs
Create a list of every single need you can think of in wheelchair accessibility vehicles that come to mind. Otherwise, you might forget once you see the vehicles in person.
If you’ve got a tight budget, don’t stray. There are a variety of vehicles out there to suit both your needs and your wallet. As long as you buy within your means, everyone wins.
Do you know how many seats you will require? Is the vehicle for transporting the entire family on outings? Or will it just be for you or a loved one? Thinking about the size will save you lots of time before you begin looking.
Check the Euro NCAP safety ratings and recall information of any vehicles you’re interested in beforehand. That way, you won’t be surprised if you had your heart set on a compromised vehicle.
2. Vehicle Adaptions
If you’re in the market for vehicle adaptations, there are several things to consider beforehand. Take a look at the features below to help narrow down your needs. And remember to always test drive the vehicle beforehand.
Driving Hand or Foot Controls
If you’re planning on being the driver, it’s important to feel safe. Driving hand controls are a common adaptation feature that provides more control with your hands or feet.
Wheelchair Hoists and Stowage
A wheelchair hoist is a great option for individuals in wheelchairs who still have the use of their lower body but prefer their independence. Wheelchair hoists allow a person to get in and out of the vehicle on their own.’
Ramp or Lift
There are several ramp options to choose from for your vehicle: hydraulic assisted, manual, and folding. Lifts come in two versions: rear platform and side entry. Your choice will depend on the style of your vehicle, your budget, and of course, your needs.
4. Slightly Used WAV Vehicles
Another option to consider might be to choose a slightly used wheelchair accessible vehicle. The benefits of going this route are many. Not only will the vehicle already have several conversions made to it, but the cost will be substantially lower. Just remember to check the mileage and car history to avoid any potential issues.
Buy with Confidence
We hope our guide to wheelchair accessible vehicles was helpful to you on your journey to purchasing the best car for your needs. For more great tips and articles, remember to visit our blog for the latest news and trends.