Buying a vehicle is a major financial decision for most people. Now throw in the fact that you are buying a wheelchair van or other handicap vehicle. You may have double the amount of questions, or you may need to double check on certain factors before making a final purchase decision.
Below, we dive into some of the questions buyers face as well as other things to keep in mind.
Buying a Pre-Owned or Used Wheelchair Van
In the market to buy a new or used wheelchair van? Ask yourself the following questions first:
Will the new or used wheelchair van be driven by you or another driver?
If you’re buying a handicap accessible van for yourself, that’s one thing. However, if you know for a fact that other non-handicapped drivers will be operating your wheelchair van, it is important to make a note of this and let our mobility specialists know. This could make a difference in how the handicap van is configured.
What are the dimensions of the handicap van?
More importantly, what sort of handicap equipment do you have and/or will be using in your handicap van? Depending on how much handicap equipment and the type of handicap equipment you have, you’ll want to make sure that you can comfortably fit inside of your new or used handicap van.
Dimensions also matter when thinking through things such as whether to purchase a rear-entry wheelchair van versus a side-entry wheelchair van.
Who will be riding in the handicap van?
Do you have a big family? A lot of friends? Perhaps you have children who need to be transported to and from after school activities. Whatever the reason, you’ll want to have an idea of how you would use your new or used handicap van on a daily basis. This is important because you want to be able to comfortably fit whoever is riding with you inside of your vehicle.
Will the wheelchair van be used for local driving only or possible long distance trips?
How do you plan on using your wheelchair van? Depending on your driving habits and style, you may find that you’re better suited to a new wheelchair van that has little to no miles on it. Alternately, if you tend to stay local and don’t drive around that often, a pre-owned wheelchair van with a few extra miles on it may be a better fit.
Are there any key features that you absolutely have to have?
Each person’s physical disability is unique. Therefore, the mobility products and van configuration may also need to be customized. At Van Products, we can customize your wheelchair van to suit your specific mobility needs. We invite you to speak to one of our mobility specialists today.
What is the budget?
One of the most important things to not overlook is how much your budget is. Our mobility specialists can work with you to provide financial assistance with your new or used wheelchair van purchase.
Ask Questions; Test it Out
Never be afraid to ask questions when it comes to purchasing a handicap vehicle. That’s why our mobility specialists are here! We are happy to walk you through the entire process of financing a wheelchair van.
Contact us today by giving us a call at: (800) 209-6133 or (919) 238-4597. We look forward to speaking with you!