Modified mobility vehicles aren’t just a method of transport, they are new lease on life for people struggling to get out and about through other means. Because of this, they can prove to be an integral part of day-to-day life for many, and serious consideration needs to be put into buying one. To that end, we’ve put together this guide of important things to think about before taking the last step and signing on the dotted line.
• The Drive – While the vehicle is being bought specifically for a person unable to travel in a standard car, the driver still must be considered when before buying. As they have to drive it, they should to be comfortable with the position, the controls and the steering.
• Passenger Space – If you often travel with family or friends, you need to make a note of how many people are usually in the vehicle. It’s no good buying the first car you find, only to discover you won’t fit everybody in. Sometimes compromises have to be made, but if you can avoid it, it will save you hassle further down the road.
• Wheelchair Position – Due to the way the cars are originally built, and then modified, every vehicle will be different. This means the position of the person in the wheelchair will be different in each vehicle too. As they will be spending a lot of time in that position, we recommend that they find a car which is comfortable for them. Perhaps it’s a preference to being further forward, or not wanting to sit at an angle. Whatever it is, when the drive is being tested, make sure this position is tested too.
• Wheelchair Accessibility – Just as like positions in the cars vary, so to do the access features. The system for getting a wheelchair bound person into the vehicle can vary and so can the size of the wheelchair space. Before you buy then, you need to know that they can get in easily and safely and that there will be enough room.
• Warranty – Just like any other vehicle, things can go wrong mechanically, and the last thing you want is to be a position where you cannot afford the repairs and therefore the person with disabilities is stranded. Modified mobility transports also often come with specialised equipment which can be expensive to replace. Be safe and make sure you get a warranty.
These are our definite top tips for being satisfied with your mobility vehicle, although we do have a few more pieces of advice. Do your research first to make sure you a paying the right price for your car, if you ever have questions, be sure to ask the experts and — if you feel as if you need to monitor your child/friend during the journey – always make sure you can see your person of interest in the rear view mirror.