Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Buying Tips
Wheelchair accessible vehicles come in all shapes and sizes. Also, customers of wheelchair accessible vehicles all have different needs. As such, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all wheelchair accessible vehicle, however with some key buying tips, you should be able to make an informed decision.
Here are some wheelchair accessible vehicle buying tips.
New vs. used
You can buy new or used vehicles on the motability scheme. Both of these have their pros and cons. The average used motability vehicle, or wheelchair accessible vehicle, is three years old. Most vehicles will have run past their manufacturer warranty by then. New vehicles, however, have the balance of a warranty and sales after care, too.New vehicles and used vehicles can both be bought for cash or on finance.
There are generally two types of wheelchair accessible vehicle – MPV’s and van conversions. Both of these benefit from excellent space inside and depending on the make and model, five or seven seats. Wheelchairs can be loaded into these vehicles by either a rear ramp, side ramps, or automated lifters, the latter of which is only available on top specification wheelchair vehicles.Wheelchair accessible vehicles from Bristol Street Versa are among the most competitively priced, and they are also among the most diverse. There are many types of wheelchair accessible vehicle for sale from here.
The brand of a wheelchair accessible vehicle will usually be the biggest determining factor in its on-the-road price. Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen vehicles, for example, will cost more than Ford, Citroen, and Fiat vehicles. The reason for this is the badge, but also because of the improved build quality and the higher desirability of them. These German brands hold their value better than cheaper brands, though, so the higher cost is most usually offset by the higher price you will get for your vehicle second hand.
It’s important to choose a wheelchair accessible vehicle that’s well equipped. Otherwise, you might either get bored and frustrated with your vehicle after six months or you could negatively affect the resale value of it. Cruise control and an automatic transmission are excellent options – these will offer you a relaxing drive. Bluetooth and DAB radio are also nice technology options, and these are highly sought after second hand. Satellite navigation built in is an expensive optional extra new, but you will undoubtedly benefit from not having to carry and charge a separate unit.
Haggling is the process of negotiating a price for a vehicle you’re interested in. Be sure to have a vehicle valuation prior to shopping, so you know how much a vehicle is really worth. This information will protect you from over spending. Although many vehicles dealers are reputable, some try to add bolt on services to bump up the price. If you love a particular wheelchair accessible vehicle, try to get the dealer down as low as possible.