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Ten top tips for buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle
If you’re buying your first wheelchair accessible vehicle on the Motability scheme, it pays to be in the know and understand how to buy.
With that in mind, here’s seven top tips for buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
1. Consider Size
Before you go ahead and buy any vehicle on the Motability scheme, you are going to want to consider what size of vehicle you need. Only when you have figured out what type of vehicle you need can you set yourself a budget and go shopping.
2. New or Used?
Before you set yourself a budget, you need to decide whether a used vehicle with wheelchair access or a new vehicle with wheelchair access will suit your needs better. Great deals can be had on used vehicles but there’s nothing like the smell of a new one. Which is most important to you?
3. Set Yourself a Budget
The size of the vehicle you need will determine your budget in most cases. Mobility scooters are the cheapest vehicles available on the Motability scheme, followed by super minis and hatchbacks. Set yourself a decent budget for the next step.
4. Narrow Down your Checklist
Once you have decided on the size of vehicle you need and the budget, you can narrow down your checklist of ‘must have’s’ on your new vehicle. Does it need four seats? Must it go from 0 – 60 mph in under 5 seconds? Must it return 80 mpg? Consider what you most desire in your vehicle.
5. Shop Around
Once you have set yourself a budget, what size of vehicle you need and what you’re looking for, you can begin to shop around. Very quickly you will find vehicles that appeal to you. In the case of a wheelchair accessible vehicle, look at vehicles that offer a ramp and are designed for disabled access.
Bristol Street Versa’s range of wheelchair accessible vehicles includes the Renault Trafic, Volkswagen Transporter and Mercedes-Benz Vito.
6. Test Drive
When you do find a few wheelchair accessible vehicles that appeal to you, you should test drive them to see whether they are right for you. A test drive will let you get a feel for the vehicle, and you’ll discover plenty of things you do and don’t like. Weigh the pros and cons against one another on your drive.
Many people make the mistake of assuming that vehicles on the Motability scheme can’t be bargained for – on the contrary, they can. Just like a regular vehicle Motability vehicles always have a sticker price which can be brought down. On used Motability vehicles this haggling can be done even more.