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Buying an Accessible Vehicle

Reprinted from PN December 2012

Sort through the issues by answering five questions for choosing a mobility conversion vehicle.

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It’s tough for anyone to buy a car, but wheelchair users have special cause to be extra careful, and one of the top car sites on the web is offering a bit of help.

Edmunds.com helps to sort through various issues of buying an accessible car with “Five Questions to Consider when Choosing a Mobility Conversion Vehicle.”

(1) How severe are your mobility challenges? For many disabled drivers who are able to get around without wheelchairs — and some who may rely on wheelchairs, but who have good upper-body strength — sedans, coupes or SUVs may be solid options.

(2) How important are practicality and convenience? Conversion vans and minivans offer superior practicality and convenience. For example, they typically don’t require drivers to hoist themselves from wheelchairs to seats. This isn’t the case with many sedans, SUVs and coupes.

(3) Are you shopping for current and future needs? Many mobility-challenged drivers have conditions — such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, etc. — that can result in diminishing strength and agility as the years go by. Today, you may have the mobility to easily transfer to a sedan, but that may not be the case two or three years from now.

(4) What’s the weather like? It’s important to consider how well-suited your potential new conversion vehicle is for use in your particular climate year-round.

(5) Have you received  the help of a qualified mobility dealer? A mobility dealer knows the full range of options available to shoppers and is in a position to tell you which choices suit you best. This kind of knowledgeable guidance is essential if you hope to choose a vehicle that will serve as a useful companion today and years into the future.

For Edmunds.com’s detailed guide to choosing a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, visit edmunds.com/car-buying/five-questions-to-consider-when-choosing-a-conversion-vehicle.

 

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