.Mistakes Made When Buying A Motability Car
Remember to Avoid These 4 Mistakes Most People Make
The Motability scheme enables individuals who get a mobility allowance to use this for a new vehicle every three years.
When buying a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, there are many considerations, to take into account, from the configurations of the car to the size of it.
With that in mind, you need to approach the buying process with care. Read on to discover 5 common mistakes people make so that you can avoid making them yourself…
1. Not considering your typical journey
When purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, one of the most important things you need to do is consider the journey you are going to be making on a daily basis or regularly.
This is vital because you have parking and access considerations to take into account. By taking your regular journey during the test drive, for example, you will be able to determine whether it is better to get a vehicle that has ramp access from the side or from the back.
2. Failing to create a checklist of requirements
As there is so much that needs to be considered, having a checklist of requirements is a must.
You need to consider all of the following to help you decide what is important for you: securing your wheelchair in the vehicle, how heavy your wheelchair is, where you want to be seated if you are the passenger, and if you are going to be travelling on your own or with someone else.
3. Overlooking important adaptations
There are a number of adaptations which can be made to ensure the vehicle is right for you.
These are changes that will help you to get in and out of the car with more ease, stow your mobility scooter or wheelchair, and manage driving controls.
Do not be afraid to ask for as many adaptations as you require. After all, you need to make sure that the vehicle is suitable for you.
8 changes that can be made are as follows:
- wireless controls or infra-red controls,
- swivel seats, a lowered floor
- easy release handbrake devices
- pedal guards
- alternative foot controls such as a left foot accelerator
- alternative hand controls
- steering wheel aid
- wheelchair hoists.
4. Not considering all of your options
Last but not least, another mistake that many people make is failing to consider all of their options: They dive right in.
Instead of doing that, a better strategy is to assess all specialist dealerships and all makes. Some vehicle make may be better than another vehicle.
Take your time to do research and read reviews that have been left by people who were in a similar position as you to better understand these issues.
Hopefully you now have a better understanding about the most common mistakes that people make when they are shopping for a motability vehicle.
If you can avoid the errors which have been discussed above, you can give yourself the greatest chance of finding the most suitable wheelchair-accessible vehicle for you.
An infographic by the team at Hussey Fraser Solicitors.
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