When purchasing an accessible vehicle, there are many decisions and accommodations to be made to ensure that the vehicle will meet your specific needs. In part 1 of this blog, we talked about how to find a reputable dealer and how to get the conversation started. Continuing on from that article, here are 5 more things to keep in mind when shopping for a mobility van in New York:
6) Getting the Right Fit
There are a variety of vehicle sizes and types to choose from. You will want to consider: whether the person using the wheelchair will be driving or be a passenger, the dimensions of the wheelchair, garage/parking space available, size of your family, and your personal style. For those who need more room, a full-size van might work better than a minivan. If styling is your top priority, consider an SUV.
7) Rear-Entry vs. Side-Entry
Mobility vehicles are available with either a rear-entry or side-entry modification. Depending on your parking situation (home driveway, city street, parking garage), one may be more practical and safer than the other. Additionally, where you prefer to sit will determine what type of entry will work best.
8) Modified Vehicle vs. Having a Vehicle Modified
Purchasing a vehicle that has already been modified has its advantages — being able to see the finished product and not having to wait for your vehicle to be modified — and it is the most common way to buy an accessible vehicle. On the other hand, when a vehicle meets the age and mileage requirements, it can be sent to the factory for basic modifications to be made. If you need further customization, your local dealer will take care of that for you.
9) Warranty Included
Mobility dealerships that have been around for a while and have earned a reputation for being customer-friendly will often offer a warranty that you can depend on. For most, that is a three-year/30,000-mile warranty. Some BraunAbility vehicles come with an extended warranty on certified pre-owned vehicles that include a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.
10) Take Your Time
Don’t be tempted to rush into purchasing the first mobility vehicle you find. Take your time. Sure, do some research online first, but then go to your local dealer to talk to a mobility specialist in person and find the vehicle that is just right for your needs, and that you will enjoy for years to come.
At Bussani Mobility, we can help you get mobile and keep you safe out there on the road. If you are looking for a new or used mobility vehicle in New York, check out our wide selection. We also have a full-service auto shop to assist with all of your vehicle’s maintenance throughout every season.