Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are designed to enable a wheelchair passenger to access and travel in a vehicle whilst seated in a wheelchair. The principle of a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle is that wheelchair access is provided by ramp or electric lift in most cases fitted at the rear of the vehicle, there is space for the wheelchair passenger where mechanisms are fitted to secure the wheelchair in place, a seatbelt is also provided for the wheelchair passenger.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVS) are in the main MPVS ( multipurpose vehicles ) or vans that have been converted to accommodate a wheelchair passenger. Usually the smaller Wheelchair Adapted/Accessible Vehicles are able to carry up to three passengers in addition to the driver and wheelchair passenger. The larger MPVS can be converted to take up to six passengers in addition to the driver and wheelchair passenger.
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles can be obtained in a range of makes/models and sizes listed below are some of the most popular vehicles available. Renault Kangoo / Peugeot partner / Citroen dispatch / Fiat Doblo / Fiat Scudo / Peugeot expert / Citroen Berlingo / Toyota Hiace / Kia Sedona / Chrysler voyager / Volkswagen Sharan / Ford galaxy / Renault Traffic / Mercedes Vaneo. Most vehicles are available in either petrol or diesel models some but not all are manufactured with automatic transmission as well as manual.
You don't have to pay for road tax if you get either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners Mobility Supplement. If the disabled person is not going is not going to be the driver of the vehicle they will have to provide the name of the person who will drive for them. The vehicle must be registered in the disabled person /nominees name to qualify for free road tax. Under the free road tax scheme the vehicle must be used only by you or for your benefit. However anybody can drive the vehicle as long as they are insured.
Here at Grange Garage because we do not solely specialise in wheelchair accessible vehicles we will take any type of vehicle adapted or not in part exchange regardless of age/make or mileage where as companies that only specialise in wheelchair accessible vehicles may not retain non adapted vehicles to sell themselves and would possibly pass them on to people in the general motor trade hence only offering trade prices for such vehicles. All part exchange allowance will be offset from the price of the Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle we have for sale.
The Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles we sell at Grange Garage are usually one owner vehicles that have been converted for motability all are low mileage, one owner with full service history and are sold with a 12 months parts and labour warranty, full mot where applicable and serviced before they leave our premises all included in the price of the vehicle we are selling.
Sometimes insurance for adapted vehicles is not easily obtained as some insurance companies may not insure vehicles that have been modified/adapted from the original specification from factory. Grange Garage can direct our customers if required to an insurance company that specialise in wheelchair adapted vehicles and offer a package that gives you ( 1 ) Value for money ( 2 ) Automatic Roadside Assistance ( 3 ) An adapted courtesy car provided as standard following an accident, should you require it. Please ask for details.
Grange Garage appreciate that not all of our customers are able to afford to purchase an adapted vehicle without obtaining a Loan/Finance. We can offer a finance company who specialise in wheelchair accessible vehicles, their specialist team treat everybody on an individual basis and will take into account proof of ( 1 ) Disabled Living Allowance ( 2 ) Incapacity Benefits ( 3 ) Pensions. Please ask for details.
Having a Blue Badge offers disabled drivers/passengers parking concessions enabling them to park close to their destinations. The scheme applies to registered blind people, people with severe upper limb disabilities in both arms who drive on a regular basis and also infants under two years of age that have specific medical conditions. The scheme is operated by local authorities that deal with applications and issue badges