When shopping for a mobility equipped van, consumers can become quickly overwhelmed by the barrage of “junk” that they will find on the Internet. While it’s easy to tell when some wheelchair vans for sale are a scam or in bad shape, sometimes what seems like a good deal is actually a disaster waiting to happen.
Let’s say you’re on Twitter and you see a Tweet that looks like this:
You’re then taken to a car guide, which lists the van for sale with what seems like an incredible price. The seller may even have listed some enthusiastic customer reviews on their profile. Seems like a good deal right?
Be careful. What they don’t tell you is the following:
- They don’t have any record of what adaptations of been done to the vehicle
- No certified service facility in your area will work on this van if it breaks, due to liability issues
- Uncertified welders have worked on this vehicle
- For every good customer review, there are 10 other customers who have been stranded on the side of the road from dangerous equipment breakdowns and malfunctions
Obviously, this is not the case for every vehicle that is independently listed on-line. But if you are going to make a serious financial investment, and that investment means the difference between you being able to live your daily life or being stuck at home or stranded somewhere, why take an unnecessary risk?
You can take the risk out of the wheelchair van buying process, simply by deciding to only buy from a QAP Certified Dealer. QAP (Quality Assurance Program) is the only nationally recognized accreditation program for the Adaptive Mobility Equipment Industry. The designation as a QAP Certified Mobility Dealer indicates that the dealership is compliant with the highest possible standards for safety and quality control. Here is what you are guaranteed by buying from a QAP certified dealer:
- The mobility dealer maintains Product and Completed Operations and Garage Keepers insurance for liability purposes.
- The mobility dealer has certified welders if they perform structural modifications to vehicles.
- The mobility dealer has technicians certified for the equipment they sell, install and service.
- The mobility dealer maintains records of all adaptive work.
- The mobility dealer undergoes an inspection/audit process at least annually by an independent auditing firm to ensure compliance to the NMEDA Guidelines, certain aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and “Make Inoperative” mandates.
- The mobility dealer abides by the Mediation Committee’s decisions when a complaint is lodged by a consumer, a Dealer, or any other person or entity.
- The mobility dealer provides 24 hour service to their customers.
- The mobility dealer meets shop facility and equipment requirements.
- The mobility dealer has four-corner scales.
Don’t put your safety or the safety of a loved one in the hands of a non-QAP certified wheelchair van seller. If you need assistance finding handicapped vans that comply with all mobility and safety standards, visit our wheelchair accessible vehicles page to view our entire inventory.
For more information about the QAP (Quality Assurance Program) feel free to contact M.C. Mobility Systems, and we’ll be happy to talk to you about what the program means to you as a mobility consumer.
Converting a minivan into a wheelchair accessible van should never be performed by an uncertified professional. Want to see how a regular minivan becomes a wheelchair accessible van that you can buy from a QAP Certified Manufacturer?