On the hunt for your next car? Are there any specific requirements your next vehicle must have? For instance, are you searching for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle for your loved one’s wheelchair or your own?
You might have questions about whether a wheelchair-accessible vehicle would suit your needs and lifestyle. After researching, your conclusion is that you think it could positively impact you. As you begin your search, here are a few factors worth considering to help you choose the right accessible vehicle.
Compare The Costs Involved
The make and model, the age, and whether it is a new or old car can determine its value. Before you begin your search, ensure you have created a rough budget for how much you are willing to spend. During your search, you might discover that you may need to expand your budget or look at all available options.
This could be choosing a second-hand car instead of a new one, or it could be choosing a different model than you were thinking. Take a look at the range of wheelchair-accessible vehicles available at Allied Mobility. The wheelchair-accessible vehicles they offer have rear-end access, which is worth considering when comparing the various cars.
Positioning Of Wheelchair In The Car
As mentioned, some wheelchair-accessible vehicles only have rear-end access to the car. As you look at the different options available, consider where you want your wheelchair or where your loved one would want their wheelchair positioned in the car. Is there a preference, such as wanting to sit next to the driver, or is sitting in the back preferred?
Knowing this can help with finding a wheelchair-accessible vehicle that fulfils your preferences. You might also want to consider any other additional features in the car aside from positioning. These could be accessible features that make it easier to get comfortable or a short ramp to make getting in and out of the car easier.
Consider The Additional Space
Another factor worth considering is the space within the vehicle. Although wheelchair-accessible vehicles will have enough space to accommodate a wheelchair, look at how much additional space there is. This could be space used to store other belongings, such as bags or suitcases if you are planning on a staycation and will drive to the destination.
You might want to consider whether the vehicle has enough seating to accommodate other passengers and, if so, how many additional people. Whilst you might not always have a full car, having the additional space can be worthwhile. Additionally, having additional space can make a long car journey more comfortable, as everyone does not feel compact due to a lack of space.
These are just a handful of factors to keep in mind when searching for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. You can create a list of questions to ask yourself when you are looking and comparing wheelchair-accessible vehicles, all of which could help you with your final decision. Before you know it, you will have chosen the right car for you and will maximise the car to the fullest.