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Purchasing a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle? What You Need to Know…

Today, there are more choices than ever when it comes to the types

Wheelchair Accessible SUV

Wheelchair Accessible SUV

of vehicles being converted into wheelchair accessible transportation. Because of this, buyers now more than ever are able to fulfill their personal desires through vast amenities, size options, and vehicle functionality. The days where minivans were all one could choose have past; buyers can now select from various pickup trucks and SUVs. However, it’s also because of this new opportunity things can get a little overwhelming and cause many buyers to lose sight of their basic, situational needs.

This is where it becomes important to make sure you work with a mobility consultant; someone well versed in various vehicle types, to ensure your personal needs are not overlooked, or sacrificed for a personal want. A mobility consultant will help you stay focused by assessing your exact needs, budget, and personal desires. Together they will use this information to ultimately recommend the type of vehicle to best suit your CURRENT and FUTURE situation.

So, where should you start ?

First, start with the most important step, and that is to get in touch with a mobility consultant for an assessment. Here is where you will not only be addressing your wants, but your needs. You will be measured, if necessary, to help in assessing your current situation. Future needs will also be assessed. I cannot stress enough the importance of this step!

After your assessment, you and your mobility consultant will have discussed your best options. These recommendations will be based, first and foremost, on your personal needs and necessary fit. You may receive a recommendation involving several vehicle types, or you may get only one. Keep in mind, your functionality, comfort and safety should always come first. Be sure you look past any wants that may struggle to accommodate your personal needs. With mobility vehicles, it’s a bad idea to shop for a vehicle based solely on looks and wants. It is important that you DO NOT struggle to fit, or operate a vehicle, no matter how your think you look driving!

Next, do your research –

Your mobility consultant will be able to provide to you information to evaluate any vehicles recommended. You may also find additional information on the company’s website, manufacturer’s website, or Internet (be careful that you utilize reliable sources). As you can imagine, there is a lot of bad, or incorrect information out there as well. Also, be wary of any company who tends to only sell their products over the internet. There have been many stories that didn’t end well. Most of which resulting from a buyer unable to try the vehicle before they buy, or a vehicle requiring service with no service facility nearby. Which takes me to my next point…

Review a dealer’s total offering and look, or request testimonials –

Be sure when you are ready to purchase, you do so from a reputable dealer, and one that is a member of NMEDA (National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association) and is part of their QAP (Quality Assurance Program). Learn more about QAP and NMEDA here.

Look for a dealer that provides great service, both before and after the sale. Remember, a good dealer will be sure they address your immediate and future needs with your purchase, and provide a compassionate, understanding and caring environment.

Check out their service department and ask questions. How long have their technicians worked on mobility vans? Do they use factory parts? Do they offer 24/7 emergency service in their service area? (Nothing could be worse than getting stranded with a mechanical failure at 2 AM on the side of the road with no one to help, or the knowledge to assess and repair your problem).

These are all great questions to ask, and ask as many as you can think of until you feel comfortable, and by all means, review any company testimonials. If you cannot find any online, ask your dealer for some. Most, if not all, should have plenty of customer testimonials to provide and they will help you evaluate the past experience of other buyers.

Lastly, protect your vehicle against costly repairs –

While this is an option and 100% voluntary, be sure you assess your needs and options with your mobility consultant in protecting your vehicle mechanically from any costly, future complications and expenses that may arise.

With wheelchair accessible vehicles, buyers generally keep them longer than most, and it is inherently more important that the vehicle performs properly every time it is needed. However, mechanical failures can arise, and some can be costly due to the nature of the mechanics involved in design. Before you sign and take delivery of your vehicle, be sure you fully understand any service plans your dealer may offer to protect your vehicle against costly mechanical failures that may arise outside the manufactures warranty period (if any). To help in determining if a protection plan is for you, a dealer should be able to provide to you a list of various repair types and the costs incurred without protection.

Is Equine Therapy Right for You?

For countless years, the use of equine therapy has been a viable method of improving physical and emotional states of numerous individuals. Even by some, considered a handicapped vehicle of sorts, but what is equine therapy?

 

Equine therapy is a therapy program where horses are used to teach individuals how to maneuver horses and perform tricks; all while creating an everlasting bond with their new four-legged friend. However, what makes the program so successful is the experience and emotional fix. Participants not only benefit from receiving the repetitious encouragement from their instructors and parents, but they also gain a valuable sense of accomplishment, which dramatically improves quality of life and self esteem. The emotional connection is strong… The smiles, the laughter, the experience is truly one rewarding experience for all those involved. However, there is more aside from the numerous emotional benefits. Riding therapy also provides physical and fitness gains such as, core strengthening, range of motion, balance, posture, and increased hand-eye coordination.
So, what about the horses, you ask? The horses selected for equine programs are those with special qualities and many years of handling, to ensure these qualities and personalities fit with the program. This is actually a very important step when placing the rider with the right horse. Program instructors work hard to ensure they match up the right horse with the right rider, allowing for a better experience from start to finish. As each rider is different, so is each horse. While many can do tricks, others are to be more patient and tolerant to noise and erratic behavior, but one thing is for sure, these horses are as special as their riders. Great care goes into caring and taking care of their needs, and building of their personalities.
If you would like to learn more about equine therapy and its many benefits, click here.

Happy trails…

Dodge Handicap Vans Offer Wheelchair Accessibility While Preserving Style

If you’re in the market for a truly comfortable and accessible wheelchair van, you’ll be hard pressed to find anything that compares to Dodge handicap vans. Dodge offers multiple models of handicap vans, a list that is topped by a wheelchair accessible version of their exceptional Grand Caravan.

This model of the Grand Caravan—like all Dodge handicap vans—has not sacrificed comfort and style while converting to a handicap van model. The built-in features of the Caravan make it an obvious and complimentary choice for handicap conversion. Dual power sliding doors and anti-lock brakes make this van incredibly convenient and safe for those looking for Dodge handicap vans.

In the same way the traditional model of the Grand Caravan has no equal in the industry, the handicap-converted model offers comforts such as power windows, three-zone climate control and stow-and-go.

Of course, it’s in the BraunAbility conversion process itself that makes Dodge handicap vans the clear choice for those seeking wheelchair accessible transportation. For starters, the floor is lowered by 10 inches and a non-slip power ramp is installed. The reduced ramp angle allows an individual in a wheelchair to easily enter the minivan. Anchor points and wheelchair tie-downs for the wheelchairs are.

With several models in addition to the Grand Caravan available for handicap accessible vans, consumers will have many options to choose from. Dodge has made sure that they not only provide comfort and ease of access, but variety as well. No matter what your preference or requirements, Dodge offers the best in state of the art handicap vans.

As you can see, Dodge handicap vans are able to preserve the style and comfort Dodge is known for while also providing ease of access for handicap riders and drivers.

 

Superior Mobility Fall Open House at all Seven Locations

Superior Van and Mobility, a leading Southeast provider of handicap vans and wheelchair equipment, has today announced their Fall Open House, which was held in early October. Visitors were invited to come down to their nearest Superior Van and Mobility location for a weekend of fun, food and education, as well as the chance to win $5,000.

All seven Superior Van and Mobility locations participated in the Fall Open House, including Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Evansville and Knoxville. Each location will host a full weekend of fun and celebration. The event kicked off Friday, October 5th and continued on through Saturday, October 6th. Continue reading

Superior Van & Mobility Acquires Access Vans of Louisiana and Expands to Nine locations in Four States

Superior Van & Mobility has announced that they have acquired Access Vans of Louisiana. Access Vans of Louisiana currently has two showrooms located in New Orleans and Grosse Tete. They have approximately 13 employees and were founded in 1997 by the husband and wife team of Marcus and Mardel Smith. Superior Van & Mobility has been a family owned and operated business since 1976. They have 7 locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee with approximately 70 employees. Over the past decade, Superior Van & Mobility’s success is attributed to not only acquisition growth, but an emphasis on customer service and safety. Continue reading

Why Choose a Full Size Wheelchair Van?

When you are looking at the wide variety of accessible vehicles on the market today, you’ll notice that most of the vans you will see are minivans. While these are great, stylish vehicles, some people are looking for a vehicle that is larger, with more room for cargo and family. If you want to get even more functionality out of your vehicle, consider a full size wheelchair van.

At Superior Van and Mobility, we have a large selection of full size vans that have the important features you want and need. Combining convenience, safety and value is our goal and we achieve this by selling full size vans from Vantage Mobility International and Tuscany Automotive Solutions. These industry leaders have been paving the way for other companies for years now and they are still the gold standard when it comes to the selection of handicap accessible vehicles that they offer to customers. Continue reading