Making a journey can be quite laborious if you use a wheelchair. But much to the relief of individuals with mobility impairments, there are wheelchair accessible vehicles up for grabs in the market.
Choosing a suitable wheelchair accessible vehicle is easier said than done. It is imperative to take several factors into consideration while making this crucial decision.
It's worth noting that requirements of consumers with disabilities are likely to differ from person to person. While for some, dependability may be the determinant, while others may be motivated by the idea of being able to make their first accessible trip across fields or countryside.
Regardless of what your motivation is, there are a few important factors including attention to detail, customer service, and quality that makes a vehicle trustworthy.
It is easy to be inclined to think that individuals with disabilities need a vehicle only to make their imminent medical appointment; however, style, comfort, and personality also play vital roles in determining an ideal accessible vehicle.
Remember to ask the questions mentioned below when buying an accessible vehicle:
Does this accessible vehicle cater to my specific needs?
What kind of accessible adjustment and modification do you provide?
Where the nearest service center located and what are the service capabilities?
What are your crash ratings?
How does your service staff behave toward issues on the road or complains?
Are you part of the NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) or are you an authorized dealer?
What types of financing options do you offer? Take your short-term and long-term accessibility needs into consideration. For instance, mobility needs of a child with a disability will be a radically different as he/she grows into an adult. You may also consider moving in and out without any sort of support, hand controls, or other features.
Take the vehicle for a test drive as it is critical to ensure you feel relaxed while driving an accessible vehicle, whether you are buying it for yourself or a family member. Furthermore, finding a trustworthy dealer or brand is equally important.
A team of independent consulting and research firm collaborated with MARTEC to conduct Dealer Service Technician Study involving hundred randomly selected mobility technicians from across America.
Ignoring other conversion models, technicians deemed BraunAbility as one of the most reliable accessible vehicle conversion.
Respondents claimed that BraunAbility makes products that surpass other brands in terms of reliability. Moreover, the company's products were touted to come bearing highest safety design, coupled with best OEM chassis integration.
The product was found to be highest safety equipment, engineered with high attention to details, and negligible consumer complaints.
(Image Credit: Paul Reiber, Jr./YouTube)