Handicapped Vans Sale Options

What are your options when considering the potential minefield of handicapped vans sale advertisements that litter the Internet and periodical media? Discover some helpful hints and tips to guide you through the multitude of options that may be facing you if this is what you are contemplating right now.

Buying your own wheelchair accessible transportation is a sound financial move when you consider the overall costs involved in block rentals or periodic hire. As well as this, it helps to factor in the simple convenience of having your own vehicle ready and waiting for you whenever you need it.

Buying a Wheelchair Accessible Van

The actual buying process when buying from a verified dealership is relatively straightforward and not really where I want to take this article as it’s pretty much the same as buying any car or van in this way. But there are some things to look out for that are not the same as buying a regular vehicle and these obvious and not so obvious points are really where I want to focus my attention here.

The main thing to be aware of when purchasing an accessible vehicle of any kind and especially a van is the “accessibility” part of it. By that I mean how easy it is to get the wheelchair user and their chair from the ground into the vehicle, securely anchor them once inside and then out again. Here’s what I mean:

Wheelchair Access to a Handicap Van

Let’s walk through this so you can see where I’m going with this. First off, the wheelchair user will be sitting in the chair beside the van they want to get into.

So you want to look at how easy it is for you to open the access door, lower the ramp and move the chair and person onto the ramp. Next, look at how easy is it to raise them into the van then either anchor the chair in position or transfer the person from their chair to a suitable seat in the van and buckle them up safely in their seat belt.

After that, you then want to look at reversing the process by getting the person back onto the ramp inside the vehicle and the safely lowered out of the van onto the ground. The most important thing to be casting a critical eye over is how much space there is available inside the vehicle for all this to happen and if it is easy to move about and do all the things that need doing without feeling cramped or restricted in any way.

Minus Points to Look Out For

A big minus in an accessible van is lack of space inside to move around without feeling restricted. Smaller vans will undoubtedly have this problem, especially headroom limitations so this is something to be aware of. It might seem sensible to opt for a smaller van that is more economical to run with lower fuel costs, but this feature will soon lose its appeal if you’re constantly being frustrated by banging your head, elbows, knees or other parts of you body!

Another minus point is a mechanized ramp that is complicated to operate. You want to really try this aspect of the vehicle out before you buy it as it can save a lot of frustration later on if the ramp is easy to use.

Buying Your Perfect Wheelchair Accessible Van

While a lot of aspects of any vehicle that would make it perfect for you will come down to personal preferences, in general the perfect van would be one that has easy access and a ramp that is easy to operate, while having plenty of space including headroom inside to make the person who will be using it comfortable and relaxed about traveling in it.

General things like make, model, fuel consumption and performance are important too, but are secondary to the usability and comfort that it offers its most important passenger!

Handicap Accessible Vehicles in General

How much do you really know about the many kinds of handicap accessible vehicles that are available for helping people with disabilities to get from A to B? Would you like to know a bit more about them and how they could possibly help to improve your life and widen your outlook?

In this article I am taking an overview look at what is available for transporting people with disabilities to and from their homes to places they need to go.

This includes those places that are further afield than would be possible by using a mobility scooter or being pushed (or self-propelling) in a wheelchair.

Wheelchair Accessible Vans

I have covered these vehicles in other posts on this site, but they are probably one of the more popular methods of personal transportation in this field. they are handy for transporting a single person or even several if they are big enough and can be economical enough to make them a versatile and useful means of getting around.

In a more recent article, I take a look at handicap vans sale options in that post if you would like to check it out.

Accessible Cars

The average car is often too small or lacking in internal space for making them viable as handicap vehicles, although larger cars can be customized for this purpose. Regular compact sedans are often too, well, compact for lending themselves to installing a motorized ramp.

That being said, many people have no choice but to make do with their car to transport a family member with mobility issues around the place where there is no affordable alternative. Some larger cars, such as MPVs are better suited to this and can accept mechanical ramps into side doors or even the rear door as a customization.

Accessible RVs

A novel transportation option especially for vacationing is a customized RV. This is usually a very expensive option, but if you can afford it, a handicap RV is a magnificent way to enjoy a freedom style vacation on the open road and go wherever you choose.

There are a few companies that provide handicap RV rentals which can be a lot more economical than buying your own, although the number of outlets across the country has
been dwindling over the last few years. It means sourcing them is tougher but not impossible to a resourceful person!

Accessible Public Transport

getting around using public transport used to be a nightmare for a wheelchair user, but these days things have gotten a lot better. Latest model buses have low entry floors with extendible ramps to make it easy for a wheelchair user to get on and off with wider aisles for getting around inside more easily.

Modern trains also have better facilities for people with disabilities including easy access doors with ramps that extend onto the platform to make it easy for a wheelchair user to get on and off. Lower call buttons and better situated grab rails all make for a more comfortable and simplified traveling process.

Personal Transportation

Getting right down to the personal level, there are of course those handy electric motorized single person mobility scooters that are perfect for people with physical disabilities and mobility issues to get around on. These small vehicles can be used on sidewalks and in certain cases on public roads (local by-laws apply) and are great for going to the local shops or visiting friends of family who live close by.

Yo can read more about electric mobility scooters by following that link.

All in all, the kind of accessible vehicle you decide you want to use is down to your personal needs and preferences. If you already have one kind of vehicle and are considering upgrading either to something larger or to a newer, more feature rich version, there are many options available to you these days.

Feel free to leave a comment on this post if you have any questions you need help with or any observations you may have. Thanks!

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