Many disabled people find themselves in the market for wheelchair vehicles. Initially this may seem like shopping for any other vehicle but will soon prove to be more involved. You need to make sure you understand everything you can about wheelchair vehicles before you start shopping so that you aren’t at the mercy of the salespeople and you are able to precisely tell them what you want and what you are going to spend without them telling you what you need. Some of the more important things to consider are listed here and should be included in your search.
Research and find dealers in your area who specialize in wheelchair vehicles. You may find that your local car dealerships have departments that specialize in these types of vehicles or they may be able to point you in the right direction. You can also use the Internet to find dealers in your area that have wheelchair vehicles. You can also search the classifieds both online and in the local newspaper.
Now that you have an idea on where to look you need to do more homework on the available options and the costs associated with those options. Take into consideration your needs and how the options available in wheelchair vehicles will help you. The answers to these questions will point you in the right direction:
* Are you going to drive the mobility vehicle or do you simply need a way to get your chair or scooter transported when you have someone take you places?
* Do you require a platform lift? If you have an electric wheelchair or scooter you need to look into this option as the platform lift is designed to hold the weight of these while others are not.
* Is remote control of the lift a necessity or simply a feature you would like to have? Remote control increases the cost and can save you money if you can do without it.
* Do you want a full-sized van or will a swing-lift on a car suffice? Again, this is a cost saving option that many people consider when shopping for wheelchair vehicles.
The answers to these questions will also help you create your budget for you wheelchair accessible vehicle. Knowing what your budget is will keep you from going overboard and buying more vehicle than you can afford.
Shopping for wheelchair vehicles is very much like shopping for a car but at the same time differs in many ways. If you are diligent in your research before you shop you will make a prudent decision and get the vehicle you need.