When it comes time to decide on a wheelchair accessible vehicle, a lot of thought and consideration needs to go into this decision. For most people, buying a wheelchair van is the second largest purchase they will make besides a home and definitely an important decision overall. A vehicle is something that is driven for anywhere between three and eight years depending on the type and model of vehicle(5).For some, they may know exactly how they want to decide on a vehicle and which vehicle they are going to purchase. However, for 43 percent of individuals buying a vehicle, this is a decision that takes weeks or months of research(4). The Internet plays a dominant role in peoples decisions. In fact, 83 percent turn to the Internet to do their research when [...]
A lot of options exist these days to pay for your wheelchair van. There are two common wheelchair van financing options. The first is financing the wheelchair accessible vehicle through a loan. The second option is a vehicle lease. I have written a post on wheelchair van financing options before and can be found here. Depending on your situation, one option may work better for you than the other. Sometimes our clients look for 3rd party funding to help offset the cost of their wheelchair van. For example, President’s Choice Children’s Charity is a common charity client use.
The approval process for a loan or lease can be quick. It can take as little as a couple of hours or can take a couple of days. In personal situations, usually, a standard credit check is all that is needed for both options. For businesses, government organizations or non-profits, the process can take longer. For example, the organization is [...]
This week’s blog post is all about deciding when you are ready to start looking for a mobility accessible vehicle. You might have been toying with the idea for a while but things have come to a point now where you think it might be time. You might be debating a side entry van or rear entry wheelchair van, hand controls, transfer boards and the like.
To help make things easy for you, I have compiled a list of the 10 most popular reasons people tell us they are are ready to transition into a mobility vehicle.
Top 10 Signs You Are Ready For A Mobility Vehicle Sign #1 – You’re finding it harder to get around
You may have noticed over the past few months your mobility is slowing down [...]
Finding the right wheelchair van conversion can take time.
Sometimes for our customers it’s a routine purchase as they have bought a few wheelchair vans in their lifetime. For others, it is their first time purchasing a wheelchair van and there may be a lot of mixed emotion with the purchase.
Everyone has different needs and preferences for a wheelchair van. It’s not always a one size fits all type of purchase. The five tips below serve as a road map on how to find the right wheelchair van for you and your family or organization.
Tip #1 – Know your budget range ahead of time
Buying vehicles these days has become very easy. Auto manufacturers have created a lot of different programs to help their customer when it comes [...]
Choosing the right wheelchair van can be a challenge. If you have been debating between a side entry or rear entry wheelchair van for sometime, I wanted to help provide some reasons why people choose this type of conversion. Based on our years of providing vehicle solutions, here are the top five reasons to choose a rear entry wheelchair van.
Reason #1 – More Affordable than a Side Entry
Buying a wheelchair accessible van is not a cheap expense. Even with financing and lease options, the wheelchair vans do cost more than your standard vehicle. You can learn more about wheelchair van financing and leasing options in my post 3 Important Things to Know About Van Financing & Leasing.
Costs can vary greatly depending on the style of conversion you choose. A side entry van has two main options available, manual or powered entry. As well, you can choose [...]
Your Wheelchair Van Is Meant For Than Just Driving!
With summer upon us, now is the perfect time to head out and explore with your wheelchair van. Road trips across the country, days at the beach and new adventures around the city are all great ways to enjoy your wheelchair van. Here are 10 ideas for you to do this summer with your wheelchair van and enjoy all that summer has to offer before it’s too late.
The need for handi-bus services is not going to go away. In fact, the demand for handi-bus service is only going to increase. According to Statistics Canada, the number of seniors aged 65 and over has increased by 14.1% between 2006 and 2011 to nearly five million. This rate of growth was higher than that of children aged 14 and under (0.5%) and people aged 15 to 64 (5.7%). The fastest increase is coming from the 60 to 64 year old demographic where growth is happening at 29.1%. Increased age may also mean decreased mobility that will put additional stress on handi-bus type vehicles and services.
The challenge we continually see at MoveMobility with handi-transit type services is funding continues to drop and the costs of running these types of programs continually increase.
The Big Problem with Handi-Buses
The first and probably the biggest challenges handi-bus type services are running into is the cost to [...]
Canada Day typically marks the first official day of summer vacation season. From trips up to the lake or across the country to see family, the next nine weeks will be very busy for most people. Getting out and getting around is critical to enjoy all that summer has to offer. Renting a wheelchair van offers a great option to explore and to have the freedom provided by a standard vehicle. But before going and renting a van, there are three important things to know. Knowing these three things will save you money, time and effort.
#1 – Know how you are planning on using the vehicle
When renting a wheelchair van it is important to know who will be driving the van. With both side and rear entry options available for rent, you want [...]
It’s time to bring out the shades, sunscreen and bug repellent. Summer is officially here which means it’s time to get out and about in your wheelchair van. Every city has it’s own unique, fun things to do throughout the summer. It could be ballet in the park, a sports game or a drive in the evening. Whatever your go to activities are, grab a friend or family member and go make some memories.
Here are my picks for fun things to do this summer:
#10 – Go for a cruise
It’s time to bring out the shades, sunscreen and bug repellent. Summer is officially here which means it’s time to get out and about in your wheelchair van. Every city has its own unique, fun things to do throughout the summer. It could [...]
Debating about a new or used wheelchair van is like debating which is better: mint or strawberry ice cream? It all comes down to looking at what works best for your personal or business situation.
With that said, buying new or used wheelchair van and/or vehicle is an important question to answer when looking at buying a vehicle. I think instead of debating the merits of one over the other, there are other questions that need to be answered first to truly find the right mobility vehicle solution for you and your family.
6 Questions To Answer Before Deciding If New or Used Is The Way To Go Question #1 – What kind of wheelchair van are you looking for?
This is a good place to start when you are looking at buying a wheelchair [...]