Factors for Consideration When Purchasing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle | Adapted Vehicles

Factors for Consideration When Purchasing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

For a disabled person who wants to drive him/herself there are a variety of vehicles, which can be adapted to fit their disability. Vehicles can have adaptations such as pedal extensions, swivel seat for easier access, right hand clutch, push/pull brake accelerator and a steering ball.

For a disabled person who wants to drive him/herself there are a variety of vehicles, which can be adapted to fit their disability. Vehicles can have adaptations such as pedal extensions, swivel seat for easier access, right hand clutch, push/pull brake accelerator and a steering ball. Now we will tell you five factors for consideration when purchasing wav.

Cost

A WAV with a side entry will usually be more expensive than a rear entry vehicle because of the cost involved in installing a lift.

Flexibility of Seating

This will depend on (a) whether you intend to drive yourself from your wheelchair (b) intend to drive using an ordinary car seat (c) intend to travel as a passenger or (d) are going to travel in the wheelchair at the rear of the vehicle.

Parking Space

factors for consideration when purchasing wav also inculde parking space, If your parking space is limited with not enough room to use a ramp at the rear then a side entry vehicle might be more suitable but if the space at the side of the vehicle will be too narrow then a rear entry would be better.

Ramps

There are two types of ramps available; an in-floor one is designed so that it pulls and forms part of the floor of the vehicle. The disadvantage of this type is that it reduces the headroom space inside the vehicle making it awkward if the wheelchair user is tall. The fold up type, as the name suggests, folds up and sits inside the vehicle.

Where to look for WAVs

Whether you are hoping to buy or hire a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle the Accessible Planet is the place to look. In our WAV directory you will find vehicles with different modifications to suit the requirements and needs of a wide variety of clients. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you understanding factors for consideration when purchasing wav and with any queries regarding the different vehicles.

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