Buying any new vehicle can be both exciting and daunting due to the huge range of options available. You will rely on your car to get you from A to B safely and whether you use your vehicle everyday or just occasionally, it’s important to be completely satisfied with your purchase.
We cover some of the points to consider when purchasing your new WAV to make sure you buy right, first time.
Features of a WAV
If you’ve decided that a WAV is the right choice for you then there will be three key areas to consider when making your purchase which are:
Entering and exiting the vehicle:
A ramp is the most common way to get in and out of a WAV. Usually the ramp will be manually controlled and will require someone to fold and unfold it. Automatic ramps are available at a higher cost. You should test out the ramp and check the angle at which you have to climb to enter the vehicle. You should also bear in mind the ease of operating the ramp.
What added features are there?
Has the WAV floor been lowered? This will help by providing greater headroom clearance when sat in the vehicle and will also make entering it via ramp much easier. Some wheelchair accessible vehicles can also have the suspension lowered for entering and exiting the vehicle, so you may want to ask if your new WAV has this option.
What does travelling feel like?
The size and space of your WAV will play a huge part in how comfortable your journeys in it will be. You want to make sure there is enough room for you to enter and exit easily and that there is room for additional items such as shopping or luggage.
Your new vehicle should be fitted with four restraint belts to secure your wheelchair and also a three point belt for yourself. It is essential to check that these features are working correctly.
Types of WAV
WAVs come in different shapes and sizes, so it is important that you choose the best one for your needs. Generally, the two main points to consider will be the size and the layout of the vehicle as these will dictate the size and weight of the wheelchair that can enter as well the amount of people and equipment you will need to help you travel.
Below are typical floor layouts for both small and medium WAVs.
What else do I need to know?
Other things to consider when looking to purchase a WAV are where the vehicle will be driven, and whether a petrol or diesel engine will be more economical. You should also consider parking options and added extras such as air con if you’re sensitive to temperature.
Whether you’re looking for your first or your next wheelchair accessible vehicle, please get in touch now to discuss your options and to arrange a home viewing.