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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.

Moving Towards Mobility With Quality Wheelchair Lifts

It used to be that wheelchair lifts were large, incredibly expensive and unsightly, requiring extensive work to the area within your vehicle where they were to be installed, and incredible amounts of effort to prevent them from sticking out like a sore thumb.

However, this has changed drastically over the course of the last ten years, as not only have wheelchair and scooter lifts become more compact and easy to install, but they’ve become a little more inconspicuous as well, which mean more usable space for groceries, and golf bags and less worrying about storage.

Superior Van & Mobility puts your safety first, and this commitment to our customers shines through every single product we offer and every single installation that we perform. We offer a wealth of models available to suit your needs and ensure that every client receives the assessment and attention that they deserve so that the end result is a happy customer and a flawless installation!

The precise engineering of our lifts and the impeccable attention to detail provided by our dedicated staff makes this Better Business Bureau Accredited business your one stop shop for all mobility and accessibility needs. Touting brand name products like Braun Ability, Bruno and Ricon at incredibly cost-effective prices, you’d be hard pressed to find the same award winning customer satisfaction anywhere else!

Don’t trust just anyone with your vehicle, or the wheelchair lift to be installed inside of it. Trust the 35 years of experience that comes with Superior Van & Mobility and you’ll be trusting the experts!

Your Guide to Shopping for Handicap Vans

Shopping for handicap vans can be just as exciting as it is to shop for any vehicle. You will have so many options to choose from and soon, you will finally have the freedom of mobility that you have always wanted. When you purchase your new van, you will be able to go where you want without having to ask for a ride, and you will not have to wait on anyone to come pick you up. Instead, you will be completely independent. When you start shopping for handicap vans at Superior Van & Mobility LLC, you may need a little guidance. Here are the steps you need to take to buy the right vehicle. Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you want to consider new or used handicap vans? Of course, used options will be more cost effective and just as safe. However, a new vehicle will allow you to customize it exactly the way you want, and there is some satisfaction in knowing you are putting the first miles on your new van. You will need to decide this based on your budget since a used option will be more cost effective.

Do you want a minivan or would you prefer full sized handicap vans? This will depend on how much mobility equipment you need to transport since full sized vans are larger and more luxurious. A minivan, however, is easy to drive and will save you money on fuel.

Do you need certain mobility accessories? There are different options you could choose like ramps and wheelchair lifts or hand controls. Choose the handicap vans that can include the accessories that you need.

With these questions answered, you will find that you can easily narrow down your options for handicap vans to just the right one that you need for your own mobility and freedom.

How to Turn Your Van into a Wheelchair Accessible Van

If someone you love has recently been confined to a wheelchair, it is very important that you start taking steps to meet his or her needs. One of the most important elements of making your life and your home wheelchair ready is making sure that your vehicle is wheelchair accessible. If you own a full-sized van or a mini van, you can actually turn your vehicle into a wheelchair accessible van by investing in and installing components that will make it easier for your loved one to enter into your vehicle. This process is called wheelchair van conversion.

Wheelchair van conversion allows your loved one to enter and leave your vehicle without straining him or herself or others. Without the proper wheelchair lifts or ramps, it can be very difficult for a person in a wheelchair to enter and leave a vehicle. When you turn your van into a wheelchair accessible van, you need to make sure that you install the proper lift or ramp that will make the transition from the ground to the vehicle as easy and as safe as possible. Before beginning your wheelchair van conversion, you should properly research the different aspects that different lifts and ramps can provide. Perhaps the largest choice you will have to make is whether or not you want to purchase an automatic lift or a manual lift.

Another choice you will have to make while turning your van into a wheelchair accessible van is whether or not you would like to invest in hand controls. Hand controls can be expensive and do require training to operate. However, they can also help your loved one recover precious independence on the road. With the ability to drive a vehicle alone, he or she will not have to rely on you for transportation. Before you turn your van into a wheelchair accessible van through wheelchair van conversion, check to see how Superior Van and Mobility can help you.