There are so many options when it comes to buying a wheelchair van. Because every need is different depending on the specific constraints of the user, handicap accessible vans offer a range of selections to fit each of these requirements and provide the best product for the user. Unfortunately, this also means that buying a wheelchair van for the first time can be overwhelming.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be. Be prepared and follow these steps before you buy a wheelchair van for the first time.
1. Create a list of features you are looking for. There are so many options out there for handicap accessible vans, and each one depends on the specific needs of the user. The best way to ensure that you find the van that fits most suitably to your needs is by organizing all the features you require on a list. By doing this, your dealer will be able to narrow down what you are looking for and estimate the potential cost.
2. Consider the transportation of your family. The primary thing to consider is the comfort of the user with the constraints, but secondly, those interested in purchasing a wheelchair van must think about other passengers. Some specific questions include:
• How many people will the vehicle need to accommodate?
• What are their needs?
Determine what you plan to use the wheelchair van for in addition to handicap accessibility, such as how much trunk space you need and if your family will have enough room comfortably.
3. Will the equipment you currently need change over time? If so, be sure to account for that change. In other words, don’t just buy for today, but anticipate what you will need in the future and find a van that will be just as useful in the long term as it is right now.
4. What is the age of the user of the van? Handicap accessible vans can vary when it comes to small details and accessories, like removable front seats that allow users to ride in the front passenger area or even drive. Other details like head clearance and a dropped floor for easy entry/exit may seem minor, but these details can make all the difference in the end.
Take into account the age of the users of the wheelchair van, and what their level of mobility means for purchasing a van. Some users will need the easy entry/exit option, but others may not find it necessary. Don’t only think about now, but consider the future needs of the user.
5. Know your financial constraints and consider your budget. By knowing how much you can spend on a handicap van, an expert can narrow down your options based on cost, as well as keep your financial plan intact. Know the budget, and most importantly, stick to it.
6. Talk with an expert about what features would be right for you specifically. This is one of the most crucial steps to picking out your first handicap van. Mobility experts work with customers every day to pick out the best van for them by examining all the angles. Use their knowledge of van options and wheelchair constraints as much as you can. They can help you decide what you require based on the user’s accessibility, and find a van that fits your needs and budget.
7. What is the warranty and return policy of the van? Although talking to an expert helps a great deal with finding the handicap van for you on the first try, occasionally customers may not be satisfied with their new van when they try it out in person. Make sure you know the policy of the company to ensure that you are totally happy with your purchase, and don’t get stuck with a van you don’t like.
As a valued customer, you deserve to get the perfect van for your needs, so make sure the company offers a warranty.
By following these 7 steps, and considering these questions, first time buyers of handicap accessible mobility vans can sort through all of the available options and be more prepared to make the right purchase for them and their loved ones.