Buying a wheelchair van for the first time can be overwhelming and we want to simplify the process by answering every question that a potential customer may have. One of the major questions surrounding a purchase is, of course, the price. We acknowledge that it may be difficult to afford a necessary piece of equipment such as a wheelchair van. Thankfully, though, there are various resources that can be utilized when making such a large purchase. In our new series Wheelchair Van Funding, we will detail these various sources, financing options, Government agencies, Non-profit organizations.
Chrysler, Ford, GM, Saturn and many other automobile manufacturers offer “Mobility Programs” which were established to provide rebates to disabled drivers for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle, whether purchased or leased. Most lifts and carriers are eligible for reimbursement under the terms of these mobility programs. Companies such as BraunAbility offer special financing options unique to the customer’s own situation.
As always, speaking with one of our Mobility Specialists is a great way to know if there are special options available to you when it comes to financing or funding your vehicle purchase. We work closely manufacturers to assure our customers get the best possible value.
The Toyota Mobility Program
This program provides cash assistance of up to $1,000 of the cost of adaptive equipment, comprehensive mobility resource information, and it offers flexible, extended-term financing of up to 84 months for the vehicle and the adaptive equipment. They suggest a thorough review of NMEDA’s Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions presentation to learn about the different types of vehicles and adaptive equipment. You can also speak with one of our Mobility Specialists who can evaluate your needs.
Reimbursements must be applied for by the original vehicle purchaser within 90 days of the completion of the adaptive equipment installation. Equipment installations must be completed within 12 months of the new Toyota vehicle delivery date.
For more information, contact the Toyota Mobility program (800) 331-4331 or (800) 443-4999 – TTY
Chrysler Mobility Program
The Chrysler Automobility Program will provide cash reimbursement to assist in covering the cost of installing adaptive drive or passenger equipment on a vehicle. Conversions to minivans may be reimbursed up $1000 while all other Chrysler Corporation cars, and trucks qualify for a maximum of $750.
For more information, contact the Chrysler Mobility Program toll free at 800-255-9877 (TTY Users: 800-922-3826). In Canada call 800-265-6908 or 313-916-9448.
Ford Mobility Motoring Program
The Ford Mobility Motoring Program offers financial assistance of up to $1,200 for the installation of adaptive equipment, and up to $200 on alerting devices for hearing impairments, lumbar seats and running boards on new Ford Motor Company vehicle purchases or leases.
For more information, contact the Ford Mobility Motoring Program toll free at 800-952-2248 (TTY Users: 800-833-0312). In Canada call 800-565-8985.
GM Mobility Reimbursement Program
Under the GM Mobility Reimbursement Program, a customer may be reimbursed up to $1,000 of the cost of any eligible aftermarket adaptive equipment when installed (or reinstalled) on any eligible purchased or leased new vehicle manufactured by GM, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, HUMMER, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn divisions.
To take advantage of the GM Mobility Reimbursement Program, vehicles must be adapted within 12 months from the date of purchase/lease and a claim submitted within 90 days from the date of adaptation.
Please call the GM Mobility Assistance Center at 1-800-323-9935 (TTY 1-800-833-9935) with any questions. In Canada call 800-263-3777 or 905-644-6624.
Honda Customer Mobility Assistance Program
The Honda Customer Mobility Assistance Program is proud to support the mobility needs of drivers and passengers with physical disabilities. Honda will provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000 to each eligible, original retail customer for expenses incurred to purchase and install qualifying adaptive equipment on any eligible purchased or leased Honda vehicle.
For more information, contact Honda Automobile Customer Service 800-999-1009
The reimbursement request must be made within six months of the adaptive equipment installation.
There are also options from the manufacturers of many popular accessibility products. BraunAbility offers a credit program that is easy and convenient, with competitive, low rates and flexible terms. Call BraunAbility (888) 690-1039 or speak with your Mobility Specialist.
Buying an accessible van doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience, even when you’re thinking about money. Our Mobility Specialists want to help with any question or concern. Begin by contacting us with any questions you may have on vehicles. If you’re ready to make your decision, fill out our Secure Financing Application and you’ll be on your way.