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May is National Mobility Awareness Month

MOBILITY_AWARENESS_LOGOGet your Video Submissions Ready!

Superior Van & Mobility is once again excited to announce that it is time for, National Mobility Awareness Month (NMAM), presented by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). This is your chance to win a brand new wheelchair van!

This year, NMEDA will be giving away three brand new wheelchair accessible minivans to three deserving individuals based on their stories and acquired votes (no purchase necessary). One van will be given away in each of the following three categories: Senior, Caregiver, and General.

The video entry submission period begins, April 12, 2016, so the sooner you enter the better the chance you have to rack up the votes. Voting period is May 3rd – 31st, and the winners will be announced June 17, 2016.

This is your chance to present your inspirational stories of perseverance, overcoming challenges, accomplishment, community involvement, or how you go above and beyond to take care of others with disabilities. If you are one of these exceptional, “Local Hero’s”, or know of someone who is, NMEDA wants to hear from you!

Who Can Submit Entries

The contest is open to everyone; the medical community; business professionals; caregivers; family members; friends; and those individuals themselves with physical challenges. Anyone can recommend a, “Local Hero” by submitting a video entry that not only tells their story, but demonstrates why they feel they deserve to win one of the three mobility vans.

How to get Votes

Voting is the most important aspect of this contest, and it is imperative to win. There are numerous ways to gain votes, and I’ve outlined a few of them below to help get you started.

Best Practices for Self-Promotion

1. Post your plea for support/votes with a direct link to your voting page on all of your social media accounts. Be sure you don’t forget to ask your friends and family to also share your post on their accounts as well. This will quickly get your story out to the masses for huge voter turnout. Try to also remember to use the hashtag #NMAM16 in your posts.

2. Contact your local new media outlets (TV stations, newspapers, radio stations, etc.) with the contest information and your personal story. The goal is to get your community behind you to further increase the probably of votes.

3. Think outside the box! Interact with the community. Maybe make a sign, and attend large community events to promote not only your need for votes, but the contest itself. Idea: Have small cards that you can hand out with brief bio/contest summary and the link to your story and voting page. Think like a politician! Go out and ask for votes! Shake hands, and interact. This is the perfect time of the year to ride off the coat tails of the election atmosphere. Just an idea…

4. Last tip… Contact your local mobility dealer in your area. If unsure who that might be, visit NMEDA.com, and use their dealer locator. You can also view a list of our nine locations, to see if we are your local dealer, by visiting our location page at superiorvan.com.

Once you get your local dealer contact, call them and ask for their exclusive dealer code for your entry into the NMEDA contest. Then ask them for a, “Quality Needs Assessment”. By having them perform one, you get an extra 1000 BONUS VOTES. This is a simple form that the dealer fills out, based off your information and mobility needs. Once complete, this form is then faxed to NMEDA, and the points will be added to your account within a few days. Pretty easy huh?!

Well that’s enough for now… I better stop giving up all this valuable information so others will have a chance to win too, or before I tell you that one last thing it takes to win. Ha! Kidding… You are already way ahead of most if you read this entire blog. I highly doubt there are many other sites out there that have provided their readers with as much information and promotional ideas that I provided. See… I’m just a nice guy!

Soooo… go forth and promote! Get creative, and get out there! It will be hard to win if you and others don’t promote your story to everyone you know, and even don’t know. As you can see, there are many creative ideas to be had to self-promote. Just make sure HOW, and WHAT you do to get your votes is safe and legal.  Wink!

For More Information

If you still would like more information, which I’m sure you do… be sure to click on the following links:

NMEDA.com

mobilityawarenessmonth.com

Good Luck!

 

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Winter Car Care Tips for Your Mobility Van

Well… that time of the year is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to ensure your mobility vehicle is performing at its best, because there is nothing worst than getting stranded while out in the cold. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss a few simple car care tips to make sure your vehicle is operating at its peak.
1. With the freezing temperatures upon us, freezing doors, windows and locks become a problem for many. To help alleviate this problem there are two things you can do. First, wipe a rubber protectant (such as Armor-All), or silicone on all door and window weather-stripping. DON’T USE an oil based product, like WD-40, because the oil will damage the rubber. This will help alleviate your door sticking to the rubber seals, which is one of the leading causes of damage to the rubber. Second, squirt a little WD-40 inside your door locks. This will help keep moisture out and any moisture from freezing inside your locks.
2. Watch filling up your vehicle if you see a tanker at the station. Not just a winter car care tip, but a good tip for anytime of the year. If you pull into a gas station for fuel, and see a refueling tanker, move on to another location if you can. As the tanks are being filled by the tanker, turbulence is created and that can stir up sediment in the tank. This sediment can then enter your vehicle through the pumps; resulting in clogged fuel filters and fuel injectors. Both of which will cause poor performance/MPG and possibly necessitating repairs. Better to be safe than sorry…
3. Have your battery tested. There is nothing worst than climbing in your vehicle and as you turn the ignition you hear nothing but clicks. The dreaded sign of a battery that has gone bad. The cold weather is the hardest on your vehicle’s battery. If your vehicle”s battery is over two years old, it is recommended you get it tested for viability. Most repair shops will even perform this test FREE of charge. It only takes a moment, and it could save you a lot of heartache. Remember, your mobility vehicle might have two batteries or more, so be sure all of them are tested.
4. During the winter months, there is a good chance you will experience some sort of snow/ice event. For this reason, it is recommended to replace your wiper blades (recommended every 6 months) with winter models. These blades are built heavier to stand up to the snow and ice. It is also recommended to replace or refill your wiper fluid with the de-icing type. This will not only help keep your windshield from freezing during your travels, but it can also help you clear your windows faster if they are covered with a small frost.
5. Watch your tire pressure. During the cold months, your tire pressure will drop, many times resulting in the TPMS sensors on most vehicles to record an unsafe driving pressure. It’s a good idea to ensure your vehicles tires are adjusted to the cooler temps. This will not only ensure safer driving conditions, but it will keep your vehicle from getting a drop in MPG.
6. If it’s been awhile, now is the time to ensure your vehicles lift, or ramp is operating properly and that it is lubed and adjusted because your mobility system takes a lot of abuse. Your system is often exposed to the elements as you enter and exit the vehicle. In the winter, the introduction of salt, snow, sand and ice can easily wreak havoc on your system. To help ensure your mobility system is operating at its peak, we recommend getting a Superior Service at least twice a year, or every 3 months if you are a heavy driver. The service will not only include lubricating all the key parts and door mechanism, it will also entail the following: Thorough cleaning of the door, ramp and tie down rack; Painting of the ramp assembly to help keep rust from forming; Adjustments to the door, ramp and kneel system; Complete undercarriage inspection of fuel & brake lines, as well as the fuel tank; Check of all fluid levels, battery connection, fuses and tire pressure. To get your discount coupon, found in our latest newsletter, click here and make your appointment today.

Veterans and Wheelchair Vans and Lifts – Making The Jump!

Superior Van & Mobility works with veterans on a daily basis in regard to their mobility needs. All veterans — whether older, younger, or in the middle are unique in their experiences, and in regard to the benefit levels they qualify for based on their level of service or injury. If you are just now learning about the VA process in regard to transportation and the benefits available to you, we can help. We work closely with all our local VA’s to help make the process easy and stress free for our veterans. If it’s time to get a wheelchair or scooter lift for your vehicle, or a wheelchair accessible van or truck, coming to Superior Van & Mobility first is a good starting point.
The first step is to find out from the VA if you are 100% Service Connected. If you are, you have some great benefits for your first van purchase. A mobility vehicle is viewed as two different products, the chassis (which is the normal van or truck portion) and the conversion (with is all the modifications needed to make it accessible to you). A signed VA form #4502 entitles a 100% Service Connected Veteran to a one-time vehicle benefit of $19,505 towards the CHASSIS purchase of a wheelchair accessible vehicle . The conversion portion (the modifications that are needed) are always covered at 100% for a 100% service connected veteran. Therefore, for a 100% service connected veteran that has a signed 4502 form from the VA, their first wheelchair van purchase could breakdown as follows:
Chassis Price: $25,000
Lowered Floor Conversion, Tie Downs and Hand Controls (modifications) : $25,000
Total Lowered Floor Van Purchase: $50,000
VA Paid Chassis Portion with signed 4502 Form: -$19,505
Modifications Covered by VA: -$25,000
Balance Before any trade-in from Veteran: $5,495 (this is the portion a veteran would pay out of pocket for a brand new lowered floor vehicle BEFORE any trade-in’s they may bring to the deal in this example).
If keeping your current vehicle is more appealing and you only need a lift to carry your chair or scooter with you, we can help too. First we would need to know the make and model of your chair or scooter and the make and model of your vehicle. This information tells us what type of hitch you will need for your car, or if a lift will fit inside, and what your car is equipped to carry on its rear without damaging the suspension. This information will then determine which lift will work best for you, and what type of lift you should apply for through the VA.
If you are curious about your situation or a veteran you know, please give Superior Van & Mobility a call and we can personally help walk you through the process. Please call 1-877-878-2304 to be connected to your nearest Superior Van & Mobility.

Cold Weather Advice For Wheelchair Vans

When inclement weather sets in, you have to pay special attention to certain parts of wheelchair vans. This is just as true in the winter as in the summer. Low temperatures, snow, wet or icy roads and other cold-weather concerns affect vehicle performance. They also make driving difficult and dangerous. Follow some basic cold weather care advice for your van to help prevent vehicle damage and accidents.

Tire Tips for Wheelchair Vans in Cold Weather

Properly inflated tires are essential to maintaining control of your vehicle. Check the tire pressure every week or two, or have someone do it for you if you can’t. Inspect tire tread, too. If you have normal tires, make sure the tread isn’t worn down to less than 2/32 of an inch; if you have snow tires, make sure it’s not worn down below 5/32 of an inch. If the tread on any tire is this worn down, it’s time for a replacement.

Cooling System Tips for Wheelchair Vans in Cold Weather

Replace antifreeze at least once every two years. Even if levels are still acceptable, the chemical balance of the antifreeze probably isn’t right anymore. If you don’t know when yours was last changed, have it done at the start of the winter. Also have your thermostat, water pumps, and radiator checked. Hoses and belts should be inspected for wear and cracks. Replace your radiator cap at the beginning of cold weather, too. Seek repairs at the first sign of problems with your heater or defrosters.

Other Cold Weather Tips for Wheelchair Vans

Have your oil changed when winter arrives. Use the lowest recommended oil grade. This is identified in your owner’s manual. Particularly cold weather diminishes a battery’s charge and ability to crank the vehicle’s engine. Get a battery test and have the battery fluids measured. If your battery is at least three or four years old, replace it.

When it’s really cold out, turn the electricity on in wheelchair vans first and wait 30 seconds before starting the engine. Also, keep your gas tank at least half full during the winter to prevent frozen gas lines. Don’t forget to keep some rock salt and an ice scraper in your van. Never use windshield wipers on frost or ice, as this easily damages them.

Thinking about a HONDA? Special Rebates & Promotions on all 2011 & 2012 Models

BraunAbility Honda Entervan Special:

  • $4000 Rebate on all 2011 Honda Entervans
  • $3000 Rebate on all 2012 Honda Entervans
  • Promotion Runs through October 31st
  • Rebate amounts include $1000 Honda Mobility rebate post-sale
  • Honda Vision Conversion does not qualify for this promotion

VMI Honda Odyssey Conversion Specials

  • $2000 VMI Rebate on all New 2011 VMI Odyssey Conversion Vans
  • $2000 Superior Van & Mobility Rebate on all New 2011 VMI Odyssey Conversion Vans
  • $1000 VMI Rebate all New 2012 VMI Odyssey Conversion Vans
  • $1000 Superior Van & Mobility Rebate all New 2012 VMI Odyssey Conversion Vans
  • Additional $1000 Mobility Rebate on all new VMI Odyssey Conversion Vans!
  • To qualify, van must be delivered before October 31, 2012
  • Buyer can use rebate for their down payment and VMI will credit the dealer
  • Click Here for Rebate Coupon: VMI Rebate Coupon

 

$25 Gas Card for all Van and Lift Demo’s During May!

Have you been considering a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle or Lift but just haven’t had the time to see one in action? Don’t put it off any longer! May is Customer Appreciation Month here at Superior Van and Mobility and we are giving a $25 gas card to anyone that schedules at at-home or in-showroom demonstration of a lowered floor van or wheelchair or scooter lift. Our at-home demonstration are FREE and NO STRINGS ATTACHED and you will receive a gas card at the conclusion of your appointment! Call our sales team today to schedule your May demo and your $25 gas card. You’ll also be entered in our Grand Prize drawing at the end of May for a $100 gas card. Get ready for summer with a new van or lift and gas on us!

Congrats to the 3 Winners of the Local Hero Van Giveaway sponsored by NMEDA! Click here for more info!

Winners of the Local Hero Lowered Floor Wheelchair Accessbile Van Giveaway Contest by NMEDA were announced during The Daily Buzz show, Friday Morning, June 8th. If you missed it, click this link below to find out about the winners: http://www.nmeda.com/mobility-awareness-month/2012-winners

Thanks to all the heroes and fans of heroes that entered and votes for stories. This first celebration month of its kind was a HUGE success. Be ready for another contest next year! Contact your nearest Superior Van & Mobility office for more information, 1-877-878-2304.

 

Superior Van and Mobility Receives Top Honor Based On Customer Satisfaction Surveys

Superior Van and Mobility has received 6 BraunAbility Customer 1st Awards for exceptional customer surveys.

The Braun Corporation, a leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) and wheelchair lifts, recently awarded Superior Van and Mobility with 6 Customer 1st Awards. The award winners are chosen based on exceptional customer survey results throughout 2011.

Superior Van & Mobility was established in 1976 and is owned and operated by Sam and Kathy Cook. They have offices in Louisville and Lexington (KY), Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend and Evansville (IN), and Knoxville (TN) and specialize in the sales and service of wheelchair and scooter vehicle lifts, lowered floor ramp wheelchair van conversions, full size van lifts, and specialty driving equipment. Part of the reason for Superior’s longevity and success is its commitment to customer satisfaction. Owner Sam Cook, “We don’t just want to sell you a handicap accessible van. We want to offer you a solution that meets all your needs.”

For more information about Superior Van and Mobility, visit http://www.SuperiorVan.com

About The Braun Corporation: The Braun Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchair accessible vans, ramps, and wheelchair lifts and enables people with physical disabilities to regain mobility and lead active and independent lives. The Indiana-based company was founded by Ralph Braun, who was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at a young age and unable to walk by age 15. Ralph was motivated by his disability to invent the world’s first electric scooter (the Tri-Wheeler) and wheelchair lift (the Lift-A-Way) in his parents’ garage. Word spread and demand for the product increased, resulting in the birth of Save-A-Step Manufacturing, which ultimately became The Braun Corporation. The company, via the BraunAbility brand, offers the most diverse model lineup in the industry, including the most popular minivan models from Dodge/Chrysler, Honda, and Toyota. For more information about the Braun Corporation or our outstanding line of wheelchair vans and wheelchair lifts, please visit http://www.braunability.com.

What to Look for When Choosing Handicap Vans

If you are considering purchasing a handicap van, you’ll want to take note of certain details before making your final decision. To make sure your needs are being met, you should take time to review important information to help you make a smart purchase you can be comfortable with in the future.

There are different handicap vans to choose from. Review different features available and compare them to your specific needs to find the best match. Being sure of your final purchase includes being well-informed when you make your decision. Staff members at Superior Van and Mobility can clarify questions or concerns about choosing your handicap van. Make sure you understand how certain features work with the model you are interested in. You should feel comfortable using the features but clear on how they operate; this ensures you use the vehicle features safely. Continue reading