Purchasing a new wheelchair van is a major investment into your daily convenience, quality of life and overall safety, so it is important to avoid making a bad decision and choosing a vehicle that is not suitable, out of date, unsafe or in an undesirable condition. When browsing through different models of mobility vehicles, both new and second hand, keep these warning signs in mind to make sure you don’t end up with a lemon instead of an efficient and comfortable machine.
- Lifts that take too long to set up and use
Mobility vehicle technology has advanced so far lately that many vehicles do not use lifting mechanisms at all, opting for slimline ramps and ultra low floors instead. When lifts are needed in wheelchair vans they should be easy to operate and fully automated. If you find during your test drive that the lift on the wheelchair van takes longer than a few minutes to use, start looking at more advanced models.
- Accessible vehicles that can’t be adapted
Everyone’s needs regarding mobility are different and often different people require unique alterations and modifications to make their driving experience as comfortable as possible. Before looking for accessible vehicles you will need to think carefully about the specific features that you require and search for wheelchair vans that are either already equipped with these adaptations or can be modified at a later date.
Safety measures are undoubtedly the most important component in your new wheelchair van. It is therefore necessary for you to research the latest safety requirements for wheelchair vans and make sure that your purchase comes up to standard. Important areas to check are the wheelchair restraints, seating configurations and any driver adaptations. When checking the safety of an accessible vehicle, you might want to ask for some professional advice as well as conducting a personal analysis.
- A seller not prepared to offer advice or customer care
If this is your first wheelchair van, you will probably have many questions about choosing the right vehicle for your needs and about the different mobility vehicles options you have available. The best person to go to with these questions is an accessible vehicle trader with many years of experience in the disability industry, who is willing to give you personal customer care. If you are thinking of buying from a second hand seller that has little concern for your needs or long term well being then you may want to consider dealing…