There are an increasing number of used WAV cars for sale in the UK today. But if you are buying your first mobility car, you may be wondering which is best: shop around for a used one or spend the extra on a new vehicle? This short blog post aims to tell you the pros and cons of both options.
Obviously, there are clear advantages to purchasing brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles. The main one is convenience, both initially and over the medium term future. For instance, you will be able to select exactly the right vehicle for your needs, without having to invest in any further modifications. You’ll also get the make, model and even colour you want relatively easily. More than that, though, you won’t have any concerns about how the car has been used in the past: whether it’s been involved in any accidents, for example. And usually, you can expect new WAV vehicles to offer the ultimate in reliability. They will have been tested in the factory and will not require an MOT for the first three years of their life (four, if you are based in Northern Ireland). If any teething troubles do crop up, you will be covered by the new car’s warranty, and any necessary repairs will be carried out free of charge. But inevitably, this peace of mind comes at a price. Not everyone can afford to splash out on a new car, especially if your circumstances are not covered by the Motability Scheme.
So what do you need to think about if you’re looking at used wheelchair accessible vehicles? Firstly, ask the dealer or seller to show you the car’s log book. You want to make sure the current owner details are correct. This will also confirm the age of the vehicle and the mileage it has clocked up during its lifetime. Responsible past owners of used WAV cars for sale will also include details of the car’s service history and MOT record, including any major repairs that have been carried out and so on. This will give you an indication as to whether the car has been involved in any accidents as well as any significant problems that may be likely to reoccur and cost you more in the longer term. Take a look at the odometer on the car dashboard to ensure the mileage matches the record in the log book. Check the car over – or have someone with experience to do it for you – to make sure it’s in good condition and as advertised. Look for damage to the bodywork and paintwork, including rust; ensure that the tyres are in decent condition; and whether there is a spare wheel, for instance. Finally, look for the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and cross-check that with the car’s documentation.
The key to buying used WAV cars for sale is to make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer. They will be quick to answer all your questions fully and frankly; and more than that, they will offer a home demonstration of one or more mobility vehicles, allowing you to check you’re purchasing the right vehicle for your own, personal requirements.