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Accessible Vehicles Aren't Born, They're Made -- not affordably either

  • 1.  Accessible Vehicles Aren't Born, They're Made -- not affordably either

    Posted 01-10-2022 09:43
    Edited by Daniel Defabio 01-31-2022 16:19

    ♿️🚐Accessible Cars Aren't Born, They're Made

    Buyers looking for specific mobility features have limited options, but customizers and manufacturers are trying to change that. #FAIR #DME #adaptedvan #wheelchairvan 

    "The cost to modify a van is $10,000 to $30,000, and that's on top of the original price of the vehicle. We were lucky to find a state program with funding sources available to help us, but it's not an easy road, and those sources are not available for everyone."

    and then there's the added maintenance:
    "we've had some additional maintenance needs that we wouldn't have encountered if our van didn't have to be modified after assembly. For example, several parts of the exhaust have been replaced, and the sensors in the rear of the van have failed because the wiring has been relocated. Issues like these aren't simple fixes. Some Toyota dealers will service parts of our van and others aren't comfortable touching it at all because of the modifications."

    a man pushing a girl in a wheelchair up a ramp into the back of a van

    Personally I relate all too well to this article.
    We found ourselves replacing not just the muffler but the entire exhaust line (a custom fabrication job) every 2-3 years.

    Read the article here.

    What has surprised you in looking for an adapted vehicle?
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    Daniel DeFabio
    Global Genes