If you are thinking about purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), you no doubt have plenty of questions running through your mind. Is this car right for me? What options are available? Read on to discover the answers to some of the most common questions about Motability WAV vehicles.
- What is a WAV? A WAV is a vehicle that has been converted especially for a wheelchair user, meaning they can travel as the passenger or sometimes the driver with ease. Wheelchair accessible vehicles differ in terms of design, shape, and size depending on the original vehicle that has been used, meaning you can find one that is perfectly suited to your needs.
- Can’t I just buy a standard car with adaptions? You could; there are options such as swivel seats and transfer plates available. However, you really need to consider the comfort of the wheelchair user and what is going to be best for them. Some people find that it is still too much trouble to simply upgrade a vehicle, and thus a mobility car is the better option.
- What WAV should I buy? There are so many options available when it comes to WAV vehicles. There is no right or wrong answer regarding your selection. Consider all aspects carefully, from where the wheelchair user will sit, to how they will access the vehicle. Also, consider where you are going to be driving most regularly to determine if the WAV you are thinking about is suitable.
- What is the Motability Scheme? This scheme allows anyone to lease a vehicle if the have a minimum of 12 months remaining on one of these: Armed Forces Independence Payment, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement, Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment, or the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance. Under this scheme, allowances are exchanged for Motability WAV vehicles.