Approximately 2% of the UK’s population uses a wheelchair which determined the government to enact several laws and regulations regarding special parking places, access ramps and other facilities for disabled people. But with all these regulations and population sympathy there is still a huge discrepancy between people who can walk and those who are forced to use a wheelchair. Their daily activities can be much determined by the way they make it around town and running errands.
And since regular cars do not represent a solution anymore, people in wheelchairs require specific designed mobility coaches which, let’s face it, can get rather expensive. If you decided to buy one but do not have the necessary amount of money for a new one, choosing a second hand van is the right option. Here are some things you need to know if you decide to make your purchase online:
- Look for reliable and reputed online sellers
There is currently no vehicle company strictly dealing with cars for wheelchair people, but there are numerous car brands that have divisions in this sector. Among the most reputed sellers you can find: IVECO, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Ford, Renault, etc. Thus, when deciding to make the purchase, it is best to look for authorized or reputed resellers to avoid any further complications. It is also worth a while to check the second hand showrooms of these retailers as well as there is a big chance you will find a very good car for a bargain.
- Don’t avoid commercial sellers either
Although it is easy to find mobility coaches at authorized retailers, it may not be a good idea to contact private users either. Look for online announcements and set up a meeting with the seller. Usually, these types of cars come with even more customized features to best accommodate all wheelchair passengers.
- Ask as many questions as possible over the phone
Since there is no “one size fits all” policy in this branch, it only comes natural for a potential buyer to know everything about the vehicle he is willing to buy. Talk over the phone with the dealer and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as possible. Start with the standard questions – who will be using the wheelchair? An adult or a child? Is the car designed to support a wheelchair driver or only passengers? Does it come with manual handling? What type of model is the van? What’s your budget?