Purchasing a wheelchair van is not a simple task. There are many decisions and choices to be made and many practical issues to consider. If you are purchasing a wheelchair van for the first time, it can be overwhelming. Even if you are buying your second or third van, an evaluator can help you make the right choice for your needs.
You can locate an evaluator in Seattle by contacting the Association For Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) or visiting their website. The ADED certifies evaluators who have degrees in either health or traffic safety and at least one year of field experience in driver rehabilitation. The ADED trains these specialists to help you to choose, purchase, adapt and drive your new wheelchair van
An ADED evaluator will look at many things when helping you to choose and purchase your wheelchair van. They will take into consideration the size of your wheelchair, whether you are able to transfer to a regular seat and whether you will be driving the vehicle or someone else will be driving it for you.
In addition, they will go over your options for securing or tying down your wheelchair while in transit, whether you will need supports or restraints while riding or driving, the height of your seat for good vision and which type of lift or ramp you will need. They can help you decide between a minivan or full-sized van and rear or side entry.
Having an evaluator to help you through the process of choosing your new wheelchair van will go a long way toward preventing costly, frustrating and even dangerous mistakes in choosing a vehicle. The help and information they provide is also a great stress-reducer, lessening the pressure you may feel to make the best decision.
Once you have made the right van purchase, your evaluator can help you learn to drive, park and maintain the van, and will also make sure that you know how to safely and smoothly operate the lift or ramp and any other modifications or driver aids that you’ve chosen.
With the help of an evaluator and trained sales professional at your Seattle dealer, you can feel comfortable that you are making the best choice for yourself and your family. Owning a wheelchair van gives you the freedom to go where you love and do what you love, with independence, dignity and convenience. Purchasing your wheelchair van should be as stress-free as owning the perfect wheelchair van.