BraunAbility’s Ford Explorer MXV offers new features such as a movable shifter unit.
The best means of finding a vehicle that fits your situation is to visit a local mobility equipment dealer and work with their staff to discuss needs and learn what is available. Head clearance, maneuvering space and legroom are features that can make a real difference in the ability to use a particular model of car, truck or van. Boarding a vehicle at a dealer’s showroom or checking out one owned by a friend can reveal more information than any amount of time spent reading brochures or doing internet searches.
The “ideal” vehicle is an individual preference based on the characteristics of drivers or passengers and their mobility devices. Finding and purchasing the ideal vehicle is a time consuming process, but readers who check out the Resources List that follows should be able to find much of the information they need before visiting a mobility equipment dealer. Additional news about vehicles can be found periodically in the pages of NEW MOBILITY, especially in our November Consumer Guide. The Motorvation column in that issue will discuss the assistive technology and peripherals that make a conversion vehicle accessible: hand controls, wheelchair lifts, securement systems, and more.
• ATC, 855/324-3085; www.atconversions.com/atc-crossover-suv-conversions
• BraunAbility, 800/488-0359; www.braunability.com
• Mobility SVM, 877/659-1512; www.mobilitysvm.com
• Mobility Ventures MV-1, 877/681-3678; www.mv-1.us
• NMEDA, 866/948-8341; www.nmeda.com
• Vantage Mobility International, 855/864-8267; www.vantagemobility.com
The project planned by a mobility equipment dealer that would have involved installation of a BraunAbility wheelchair lift in a Mercedes Metris van has now been put on hold indefinitely. BraunAbility has advised dealers that installing their products in a vehicle that has not been specifically approved by BraunAbility engineers for such installation will void the warranty on the lift and will require the customer to be given a disclaimer to that effect. BraunAbility has not approved that installation in the Metris at this time.