If you want to get a wheelchair accessible van from the Ability Center, you’ll have some decisions to make. Fortunately, the company offers Certified Mobility Consultants to guide you at every step along the way. One of the decisions you’ll make is what kind of van to go with. Assuming you aren’t just having your own vehicle converted (they do that too), there are a number of used and new options for sale from various manufacturers. Of course, they don’t just sell vans, either. The consultant will go over all of your options with you, and make recommendations based on your specific goals and needs.
Right off the bat, one decision you’ll need to make is whether you want the lift on your wheelchair van to be in the rear or on the side. If it’s on the side, then it will be easier to parallel park your vehicle. If it’s on the rear, then you won’t need to find any special parking place. Another thing to consider is whether or not the wheelchair user of the van is going to want to drive. If so, then there are hand controls and transfer seats available for exactly that purpose. The transfer seat makes it easier to get behind the wheel, and the hand controls operate the brake and gas pedals.
A mobility van isn’t the only type of accessible vehicle you could opt for, either. There are also trucks, and there are even accessible motorcycles! Regardless of what type of vehicle you get, and what type of amenities it has, one thing’s for sure. The greater sense of freedom that will come with that vehicle is something you just can’t put a price tag on. What’s more, though there will be a price tag on the vehicle itself, it likely won’t be as high as you think!