10 Tips on choosing a Wheelchair Accessible Car

  1. 1. Try out a few different makes and conversions of WAVs (Don’t buy the first car you see)
  2. 2. Involve the people you travel with It’s essential you bring the carer you regularly travel with for the test drive Your carer must be happy helping you into the WAV, securing your wheelchair and driving the vehicle.
  3. 3. Consider the passengers who will be travelling in the car (How many seats do I need?)
  4. 4. Always make sure to have the measurements of the wheelchair when viewing but preferably try the wheelchair in the car for size and comfort.
  5. 5. Load and unload. You and your carer should practise getting in and out and loading everything a couple of times This will also help identify if you need any extra features, such as a winch, to help move the wheelchair passenger up the ramp and into position.
  6. 6. Think of the future. Consider whether your needs will change during the course of your lease. For example, if you will need a bigger wheelchair during the next five years this may impact on the amount of space you need or the size of WAV.
  7. 7. Luggage space. Consider the amount of equipment that you need to take with you on your journeys.
  8. 8. The size of the vehicle.
    • Small cars usually maximum of 3 passengers plus wheelchair occupant.
      Example: Citroen Berlingo or Volkswagen Caddy size.
    • Medium size cars usually up to 5 passengers plus wheelchair occupant.
      Example: Peugeot Expert size
    • Large size cars can carry up to 8 passengers or multiple wheelchairs but restricted with barrier or under-ground car parks.
      Example: Renault Master size
  9. 9. Consider the budget you have to spend without putting yourself under financial strain.
  10. 10. Contact Donal Murtagh Mobility Ltd on 090 6481050 for honest helpful advice and a free no obligation home demonstration if you require!

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