If you are living with a disability, it will often feel hugely important to be able to have some independence and freedom, and a vehicle represents that freedom perfectly. Whether you are on your own and need to be able to get out and about whenever you want to, or you have family responsibilities and have to take the kids to playdates and clubs and go out together as a family, getting a wheelchair-friendly vehicle is a crucial part in enabling that to happen.
This is true whether you’re the one in the wheelchair or it’s another family member, and you want to be able to involve them in days out and so on.
It seems obvious that buying a wheelchair-friendly vehicle is the right thing to do, but just as when buying any car, it can be hard to know what to look for. This is particularly difficult when you are buying a used vehicle. So with that in mind, here are some things to check when getting used to wheelchair-friendly cars.
If you’ve never bought a wheelchair-accessible car before and you aren’t sure where to start, it’s best to ask for some advice. Find a good mobility company such as alliedmobility.com.
Not only will you have access to a wide range of good quality vehicles, but you can also get all the advice you need to make the right choice.
Go armed with a list of questions that you need to know the answers to before you can make a final choice regarding your used wheelchair-friendly vehicle. A good mobility center will have experts on hand to answer these questions without being pushy.
Check The Size
One of the most important aspects of buying a used wheelchair-friendly vehicle is the size. You must ensure you are getting something that will fit not just you and your chair (or family member’s chair), but everyone else who needs to come along on journeys and any equipment you might need.
You’ll need to ensure there is space for grocery bags and school bags and sports equipment and anything else you need to take around with you. You might think you only need a small vehicle, but the truth is that you might need something bigger. Make sure you have all your measurements with you when you go looking for cars.
Another measurement you’ll need to consider is the size of the car when it comes to parking and where it will be kept when you’re not using it.
Even the smallest wheelchair-accessible vehicle is likely to be bigger than a standard car, so will your driveway accommodate it? What about your garage or carport? Will it fit on your road? Check all this out, too, to ensure you don’t buy something you then can’t use.
You can look online, find a car that seems right, and buy it. You can have it delivered to you. This is simple and convenient, but it’s not the ideal way to buy a used car.
The best way to buy a used car is to try it out. Not only do you need to know how it drives, but you also need to ensure that your family is comfortable. You’ll need to know just how to get the wheelchair in and out, and you’ll want to be sure you can fit everything in.
Once you have tested the vehicle, you’ll have a much better idea of whether it’s the right one for you.