Purchasing a new car always comes with so many considerations, as it is one of the most significant financial decisions you can make. However, deciding to buy a disabled vehicle (whether used or new) comes with extra factors to consider – especially finances and how suitable or adaptable the car is. Therefore, it is essential to get it right and make the best choices from the start. So, are you looking to buy a used disabled vehicle? Here are a few things you should first consider.
Consult a driver rehabilitation specialist
Consulting a certified driver rehabilitation specialist is a great way to get insight into the specific features you require in your vehicle to suit your disability needs. Such a specialist will make available to you a list of every essential equipment you need in your car to drive comfortably and with minimum assistance. Additionally, your certified rehabilitation specialist will be able to provide you with the right training on any new equipment and offer driving lessons when needed.
Consider the features you need in your vehicle
After getting all the information and advice from your rehabilitation specialist, it is time to consider the kind of features you want in your vehicle, considering your personal needs. If you are purchasing the car for someone, you should speak at length with them first. There are also some other considerations you should make, which include the following:
- Will the vehicle accommodate the rest of the family?
- Does it have comfortable seats?
- Can anyone drive the vehicle without a disability?
- Does the car require any modification before purchasing?
Also, find out if there is a Motability scheme available. For example, Peugeot Motability cars are available for Peugeot buyers. Write down the above considerations and carry it with you to the dealership to help you ensure that all the bases are covered.
Look for a reputable dealer
When it comes to buying any kind of vehicle, your best deal will come from a reputable dealer. Specialist dealers that have years of experience and knowledge in disabled cars have both the know-how and equipment to help you get the kind of vehicle you need without wasting a lot of time. Such dealers have a deep understanding of how the technology and equipment in disabled cars work, and they will be able to assist or teach you. Also, they should be able to give you recommendations about the right vehicles for your budget.
Conduct an overall vehicle check
Once you have settled on your ideal car, it is crucial to ensure that you check it once over. You can do this with the help of a mechanic experienced in disabled vehicles. Most dealers have their mechanics; however, it is better to go along with the opinions of someone you trust for a second opinion. Your mechanic will conduct a thorough check on the car’s body, interior, the function of the wheelchair lift, and other mechanical parts. Double-check to be sure that the lift suits the wheelchair you or the person you are purchasing for will be using.
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