Mobility Vehicle Maintenance Tips

Maintenance is essential to prolonging the life of any vehicle. This is especially true for accessible vehicles. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep your mobility vehicle in proper working order, from the experts themselves, the technicians who provide mobility van service in Long Island at Bussani Mobility.

Stay in Contact with Your Mobility Dealer
Taking your vehicle to the same auto shop (or mobility dealer) for service or maintenance will keep an accurate history of your vehicle on file. It’s also so important to go to a specialist who is trained to work with adaptive equipment.

Keep Your Vehicle Clean
Keeping your vehicle clean can prevent issues and help with troubleshooting if concerns do arise. Pay close attention to keeping the door tracks of your ramp unobstructed. When your vehicle is  clean and inspected, you can avoid problems down the road.

Maintain Vehicle Lift and Ramp
Remember to have your vehicle’s lift and ramp inspected regularly. This includes making sure they are adequately lubricated. Check to make sure no wires are fraying or breaking, as these can prevent them from working properly. Check that you are able to manually operate your lift or ramp without encountering any jamming, sticking, or other issues. One of the best ways to know if they’re working properly is to listen. If you notice sounds that are not normal, or you see any wires that might be fraying or starting to break, be sure to take your vehicle to a mobility expert.

Establish a Regular Maintenance Schedule
Schedule regular maintenance and inspections. The trained technicians inspect, clean, and lubricate all of the inner workings of your vehicle — helping to keep you safe and sound on the road.

Bussani Mobility is always here and ready to help with your vehicle. Call or come by any of our three locations (Bethpage and Smithtown on Long Island, and Mamaroneck in Westchester) whenever you need assistance. 

In-Floor vs. Fold-Out Wheelchair Ramps: What’s the Difference?

When shopping for a new mobility van, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is what type of ramp you want. If you are a driver or passenger who uses a wheelchair, here are some of the features to help you determine which one will best fit your needs.

In-Floor Ramps
As the name suggests, in-floor ramps are stored under the floor of an accessible vehicle. This provides additional space and maneuverability inside the vehicle. In-floor ramps create an obstruction-free doorway, with a clean and uncluttered interior. They also allow for a bit more room for passengers and personal items.

Fold-Out Ramps
Fold-out ramps offer both strength and durability. When not being used, these ramps store folded in the doorway of the mobility vehicle. When activated, they extend outward in an unfolding motion. Many models come equipped with side rails for easy navigation, along with perforations in the floor of the ramp for easy cleaning and debris removal. You can also operate these ramps manually if needed. Another big benefit of fold-out ramps is that they are generally more affordable than in-floor options.
Both the in-floor and fold-out ramp options provide unique features that can assist greatly with mobility.

At Bussani Mobility, we have trained industry professionals who can help you to find the right ramp for you and the mobility van of your choosing.