3 Things to Think About When Buying a Mobility Van for Your Wheelchair-Bound Child

10 February 2020
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If your child is resigned to getting around in a wheelchair, you will need a mobility van to transport them. A mobility van will make is a safe and easy way to get your child to places like doctor appointments, school, and family dinners. Here are a few important things to think about when buying a mobility van to accommodate your child's needs:

Your Age and Condition

You should consider your age and condition, as well as that of the rest of your family. If you're healthy and physically fit, you can save yourself some money on a mobility van by choosing an option with manual windows, manual doors, and even a manual wheelchair ramp system. But if you or any family members have any health issues or aren't fit enough to do a lot of physical work to get the wheelchair in and out, you should choose an option with all the latest features and automatic functions to enhance safety and convenience as time goes on.

Disability Permanence

It's also a good idea to consider the permanence of your child's disability when buying a mobility van. If your child is temporarily disabled and is expected to begin getting around without a wheelchair at some point in the foreseeable future, think about purchasing a used van instead of a new one. You'll save money on the initial purchase price and you will lose less money when the time comes to sell it because you won't eat the same depreciation costs that you would with a new van. However, if your child is permanently disabled, you should seriously consider buying new to ensure many years of safe performance. And you won't have to worry about selling it later, so the cost of buying new is well worth it if longevity is important to you.

Warranty Options

Don't just assume that the mobility van you purchase will come with a warranty that financially protects you against defects, malfunctions, and the premature need for repairs. If your new van does come with a manufacturer's warranty, ask for a hard copy of the policy so you can take it to a lawyer and make sure that you thoroughly understand what is covered, what isn't, and what to expect if you do need to file a claim at some point. And ask about extended warranty options that you can purchase to cover claims that your manufacturer's warranty won't.

For more information, contact services that have mobility vans for sale.