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How to Choose The Right Mobility Van

  • Published: 2010-11-03 (Revised/Updated 2013-06-16) : Gowrings Mobility.
  • Synopsis: Reliability can be an aspect that makes or breaks the appeal of a mobility van.

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Quote: "Budgeting for something that you will be able to pay for over time is essential and it will narrow the field considerably."

Investing in a mobility van can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are not an expert on the industry, or particularly interested in the kinds of vehicles on offer.

The good news is that there is a lot of variety in the market, although this is a double edged sword as it can make the decision process even more difficult. However, if you stick to a few basic rules and think before you buy, you will be more likely to come away with a mobility van that not only makes your life easier, but also makes you smile.

The first consideration is of course the money you can afford to spend on a mobility vehicle.

Budgeting for something that you will be able to pay for over time is essential and it will narrow the field considerably. Once you have created a rigid budget, it is worth sticking to. Pick a maximum price and then do not go over it. You may find that you are able to pay a lot less than you expected, but that all depends on where you buy your mobility van and what kind of features you are looking for.

The next point to consider is the size of the mobility van that you want to buy.

Although vans are often similar superficially, taking a closer look at their vital statistics will tell you in detail which offers the better load space, headroom, width and length. These obviously have a major part to play when you are considering a vehicle that will be altered for mobility purposes. You will also want to find out whether the vehicle can be transformed into a mode of transport with a completely flat platform for the wheelchair to rest on, as some are only able to offer a sloped ramp, which might limit your search.

Reliability can be an aspect that makes or breaks the appeal of a mobility van and since these vehicles are used by thousands of other customers for a range of purposes, each model should have a proven track record for consistent performance, whether good or poor. If you are looking at a second hand mobility van this is even more important. You will need to look at the mileage on the clock and inspect the level of wear throughout to ensure that you won't be overburdened with repair and maintenance costs during your ownership and that it merits the investment in any conversion required.

Although most people purchase their mobility cars based on their effectiveness and appropriateness, it is still possible to get something that is stylish and well-designed on the outside. Personal taste plays a big part here, but if you are buying from new, you will be able to choose from a wide selection of modern designs. If your budget can stretch to it, you can even add extras, ranging from a CD player to color coded bumpers. Most manufacturers will provide extensive images and tours online for a thorough inspection of a van's interior and exterior. If you want a second opinion, you can always seek out professional reviews or independent customer feedback. Durability will also play a part in a van's interior and exterior styling, as will the quality of materials used.

Article submitted by who design, manufacture and market a wide range of vehicles that have been extensively converted to allow wheelchair users to travel in their wheelchairs as passengers.

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