One of the best gifts you can give to your child who uses a wheelchair is the gift of improved mobility. The purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle can make taking trips as a family easier and more convenient. Perhaps you have a kid who is growing fast and you want to improve your ability to transport them from place to place. A wheelchair accessible vehicle could be just the trick. When you are purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle with family use in mind, there are a few things you should take into consideration. Read on for some of our tips for parents looking to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Consider The Size Of Your Family Now (And In The Future)
When purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, you will have a variety of options when it comes to seating arrangements and the amount of space available. Do you have other kiddos that will be riding in the van as well? Do you plan to have more kids down the road? Does your child have other friends in wheelchairs you’d like to be able to transport as well? Have an idea of what seating requirements you need before you look into purchasing a vehicle. The number of seats you need for other passengers will determine what options are available for you.
Think About Extra Space
Not only do you need to decide how many passengers will be riding in the vehicle, it’s a good idea to consider what extra space you might need as well. Depending on your child’s condition, it might be useful to have extra space for other health equipment. Are you planning on using the mobility vehicle for family road trips? Think ahead about the space you’ll need for trips and outings. Want room for luggage? Consider purchasing a larger vehicle so you can enjoy family trips without anyone being crammed with bags on their lap. Does your child have a service dog? Make sure there is adequate space for their service animal as well.
Check Out Rear-Entry Vans
Most parents are trying to ensure their family can operate on a pretty tight budget. One way you can cut costs without sacrificing any quality is by taking a look at rear-entry mobility vans. These wheelchair accessible vehicles are usually $10,000-$20,000 cheaper than side entry vans. Not only can you save money by purchasing a rear-entry van, they are ideal for families. Since your child is likely not going to be operating the vehicle, the rear-entry will provide ultimate convenience for your family. Rear-entry vans make getting things in and out of the vehicle a breeze. As an added benefit, you can park almost anywhere. Side-entry vans require you have adequate space to the side of your vehicle for the ramp and entry/exit. Rear-entry vans mean you can park virtually any place and still be able to easily operate the wheelchair ramp. You can also quickly load up the van with any other items like health related equipment, luggage, or sports gear.
Talk To Our Friendly Team Members
At MoveMobility, we are extremely passionate about the work we do. We love helping parents find the perfect mobility vehicle for their families. We know how much joy a wheelchair accessible vehicle can bring for families. It is our pleasure to answer any questions you may have, and to point you in the right direction for what you need. Let your family enjoy outings together without worrying about space or accessibility issues. You can reach out to us via phone, or you can fill out the form below to receive more information from our team. We look forward to meeting you and your family and getting you on the road in the perfect mobility vehicle for your needs.
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