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How to Save Money When Buying a Wheelchair Accessible Van

While National Mobility Awareness Month 2015 is fast approaching, knowing more about your mobility equipment and vehicle options is a year-round necessity. Our experts at NMEDA have put together a series of informative articles regarding important things to keep in mind when it comes to accessibility and all of your mobility needs.

Purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle is a big decision that often comes with a large price tag. Although a vehicle customized to your needs and limitations can completely transform the way you live your life, most of us will need a little bit of extra help when it comes to financing such a purchase. We’ve put together three of the best options to consider if you’re looking to get the best deal available. Read more on how you can find the perfect vehicle at the right price below.

Don’t Discount Used Vehicles
While finding a pre-owned vehicle that fits your needs might take more research than customizing a brand new van, it’s a practical option if you’re looking for value. A manufacturer can even install a new handicap conversion on a pre-owned van, helping you shave even more off of the price of your next van. Even though a used vehicle can be a great deal, it’s important to talk to a qualified mobility equipment dealer to make sure the vehicle you’ve chosen will work for you and your family.

Get More from Your Current Vehicle
When it comes to saving money, working with what you already have is a place to start. If you already own a vehicle and it’s still in decent working condition, you might be able to install a handicap accessible conversion or other mobility equipment in it to make it safer and more comfortable for you and your loved ones. Contact your local NMEDA Dealer to talk about your options and you could be on your way!

Look for Local Support
Funding a new vehicle is not always easy, but there might be ways to receive additional help. One resource to try to get in touch with would be an organization or local chapter working to improve the lives of people with disabilities like yours. These groups might be able to help you gather the funds needed for your purchase, or at least put you in contact with helpful community resources and coordinate fundraising activities.

Finally, NMEDA’s How to Buy guide is another great resource we encourage you to check out for more information on purchasing new and used wheelchair accessible vehicles. By working with one of NMEDA’s qualified dealers, you can be sure you’ll receive the right vehicle customized to your specific needs.