NMEDA Dealer Certification

Selecting a NMEDA Certified Mobility Dealer

Securing a wheelchair accessible vehicle is an investment in freedom and mobility, and it's crucial to ensure your investment adheres to the highest quality standards. The key to this? NMEDA Certification. The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is a governing body that establishes quality standards in the mobility equipment industry. Let's take a closer look at the importance of NMEDA Certification and how it can influence your decision when selecting a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

Deciphering NMEDA Certification for Mobility Dealers

In the realm of wheelchair accessible vehicles, NMEDA plays a crucial role in setting quality benchmarks. When a mobility dealer carries a NMEDA Certification, it's a testament to its high safety and reliability standards.

A NMEDA certified dealer offers an array of benefits. First, it guarantees that the vehicles they sell have been subjected to rigorous testing and inspection. The NMEDA certification also assures that the vehicle complies with all safety regulations, ensuring peace of mind for you and your loved ones.

A NMEDA certification also symbolizes top-notch craftsmanship and professional modifications carried out by trained mobility equipment installers. This means that these modifications are in line with the highest industry standards, providing a dependable and long-lasting mobility solution.

For a dealer to earn NMEDA certification, it must comply with specific requirements, including adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other related regulations. Choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle from a NMEDA certified dealer equates to investing in a reliable, high-quality mode of transportation that meets stringent industry standards.

The Benefits of Selecting an NMEDA Certified Mobility Dealer

When it comes to choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle, the dealer you select plays an integral role. At United Access, we're proud to be an NMEDA certified dealer, and here's what that means for you.

When you choose an NMEDA certified dealer like United Access, you're guaranteed expert advice and assistance. Our team has been trained and certified by NMEDA, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to assist you in choosing the right wheelchair accessible vehicle. Our certified sales consultants are ready to guide you through vehicle options, financing, and the latest accessible technology.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) has developed the Manufacturer Quality Assurance Program (MQAP) to ensure the safety and reliability of all modified vehicles and mobility equipment produced by its members. This program involves independent reviews of manufacturers' compliance with motor vehicle safety standards, including crash test results for accessible vehicle manufacturers.

For mobility equipment installers and dealers, MQAP designation signifies that the products being installed or sold meet Federal and Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (F/CMVSS) and include all necessary hardware and instructions for proper installations. For end-users, the MQAP designation provides confidence in the safety and reliability of the vehicle or mobility product, knowing that it has been installed and serviced by manufacturer-certified technicians.

The Value of QAP Accreditation for Mobility Dealers

In the mobility industry, the Quality Assurance Program (QAP), overseen by NMEDA, is a critical component. It assures that wheelchair accessible vehicles conform to the highest standards of quality and safety. Dealers such as United Access who earn this accreditation demonstrate a commitment to delivering superior products and services. This commitment is evident in the comprehensive evaluation of the dealer's operations, including inspections, staff training, and adherence to industry best practices. Choosing a QAP-accredited dealer instills confidence in the quality and reliability of your accessible vehicle.

QAP accreditation is a gold standard in the mobility industry. Dealers who achieve this accreditation undergo rigorous inspections and assessments to ensure their strict adherence to industry standards. These standards encompass various aspects of the dealership's operations, such as vehicle modifications, service and repair procedures, and customer satisfaction protocols.

Choosing a QAP-accredited dealer when purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle comes with several benefits:

  • Quality Assurance: QAP-accredited dealers are committed to delivering high-quality products and services. They utilize standardized procedures and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure the safety and reliability of their vehicles.

  • Expertise: QAP-accredited dealers possess extensive knowledge and experience in the mobility industry. They provide customers with valuable insights and recommendations throughout the selection process.

  • Customer Support: QAP-accredited dealers prioritize customer satisfaction. They offer ongoing support, including maintenance and repairs, to ensure your accessible vehicle performs optimally.

The Risks Associated with a Non-Certified Mobility Dealer

Choosing a non-certified dealer for your accessible vehicle or mobility equipment can pose significant risks. These dealers may not have the expertise or training required to properly analyze and fit you with the correct mobility device. Furthermore, installation and ongoing maintenance of specialized modifications could be problematic, potentially compromising the safety and functionality of the equipment. 

Without the assurance of NMEDA certification at a mobility dealer, you run the risk of: 

  1. Inadequate Safety Measures: Non-certified dealers may not follow proper safety protocols during installation, leading to potential safety hazards for the user.
  2. Substandard Quality: Non-certified dealers may use inferior materials or equipment that does not meet industry standards, resulting in a higher likelihood of equipment failure.
  3. Lack of Support: Non-certified dealers may not offer the same level of ongoing support or maintenance services as certified dealers, leaving you without essential assistance when you need it most.
  4. Voided Warranties: Choosing a non-certified dealer can void warranties on the vehicle or equipment, leaving you responsible for costly repairs or replacements.
  5. Poor Fit: A non-certified dealer isn't qualified to provide a needs analysis to find the best mobility product for your needs. You could be left with a mobility device that doesn't work well for your unique needs. 

To ensure the safety and reliability of your accessible vehicle or mobility equipment, it is crucial to select a dealer that is NMEDA-certified. By choosing a certified dealer, you can trust that your equipment meets the highest standards of quality and safety, providing you with peace of mind and confidence in your mobility solutions. 

When it comes to your safety and transportation needs, United Access has got you covered. Our dealerships all over the country offer wheelchair accessible vehicle service, maintenance, and repairs because we are committed to changing and improving the lives of people with mobility disabilities along with their families and caregivers.

As a proud member of the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association and a participant in the Quality Assurance Program (QAP), you can count on us to deliver fast and dependable service every time. Rest assured that with United Access, your needs are our top priority. Contact us today or shop our inventory to get started.

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