Getting Started Guide
If you’re in the market for a conversion vehicle, there are a few things to take into consideration before calling a Mobility Consultant at M.C. Mobility Systems. Buying a mobility vehicle is a vastly different process from buying your first car. Below are some of the questions that you’ll want to ask before buying.
Key Factors to Buying: Understand What You Need
Who Will Be Driving the Vehicle?
This is important because while all wheelchair minivans are designed to handle a passenger, there are specific things that need to be adapted when someone in a wheelchair is driving. If you would like to become an adaptive driver, you must first start working with a Professional Driver Rehabilitation Specialist, which you can find out more about on our website. Drivers should also decide whether they would like to drive from their wheelchair or transfer to a seat. There are a lot of ways a driver’s seat can be converted. Make sure to do your research and ask a lot of questions to get the right answers.
Key Dimensions of the Chair or Scooter?
It’s important for us to know your chair or scooter’s dimensions so that we can find the best vehicle to suit your needs. Most of our vans are designed for a variety of chairs and scooters to fit through the sliding doors. However, vehicles like the new Ford Explorer SUV have smaller openings as well as lower ceilings.
Who Else Needs Transportation in this Vehicle?
Drivers and passengers aren’t the only important people when buying a mobility vehicle. If you have family or friends who like to hop in the car for a ride, you’re going to need more seating capabilities. Especially if your family and friends are also in a wheelchair or scooter. Tie downs and back-row seating all have to be factored into the conversion.
Where Will the Vehicle be Parked or Garaged?
There are two entry points that can be equipped onto a mobility vehicle for wheelchairs and scooters which include the side and rear entry. Both entries have two options, a fold-out or power ramp. This is super important for parking purposes because you’ll want to park somewhere you will be able to extend your ramp. This is important to know for garage owners since a side-entry will be difficult to deploy in a narrow garage.
What Features Do You Want on the Vehicle?
There are so many features that you can add to your vehicle and these features are all up to you! Every person is different and little things like specific hand controls or a valet seat can make a huge difference to one person.
What is Your Budget?
This is probably the most important question and something that you don’t have to figure out alone. You may have a budget, but there are various other ways to get money from organizations or raise money through your community. Read our past blog post about financing and talk to a Mobility Consultant to learn more.first van, mobility consultant, mobility vehicle