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How To Choose a Wheelchair Van - Five Questions to Ask

Considering the purchase of a wheelchair van is a major purchase and it's important that you take your time and consult the experts. Edmunds.com asked Former BraunAbility President Nick Gutwein and other industry leaders their advice to customers on how to choose a wheelchair van. As the automotive publication understands, it's not a decision that can be made in a rush, especially if you're a first-time buyer:

Picking the right type of vehicle for your disability and lifestyle is important. It's a decision that could have far-reaching effects on your health and your finances, and as such, it shouldn't depend exclusively on your feelings regarding a vehicle's image or appearance. For mobility-challenged drivers, function trumps form by a very wide margin.

5 Questions to Ask When Choosing A Wheelchair Van 

1. How severe are your mobility challenges?

The extent of your mobility challenges will play a major role in determining which vehicle type is the best match for your needs.

2. How important are practicality and convenience?

Wheelchair accessible vehicles offer superior practicality and convenience since they typically don't require drivers to hoist themselves from wheelchairs to car seats and instead can secure a wheelchair in a driver or passenger position. 

3. Are you shopping for both current and future needs?

Today you may have the mobility to easily transfer to a sedan or SUV, but that may not be the case two or three years from now. Be sure that you have an eye to the future when you purchase your wheelchair accessible vehicle.

4. What's the weather like where you live?

Wheelchair accessible vehicles offer an advantage over other vehicle types for those who regularly face inclimate weather since they don't require the driver to get out of or stow the wheelchair. 

5. Have you received help from a certified mobility consultant?

It's impossible to overstate the importance of working with a qualified mobility dealer when deciding which vehicle is best for you. BraunAbility has many dealers across the United States, use our dealer page to find the closest one to you.

You can find the answers to these questions, as well as some other key points you may not have thought of yet, at this link: How To Choose a Wheelchair Van. If you're one of the millions of drivers who rely on wheelchairs for mobility, you'll appreciate this article as much as we did. 

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