In this wonderful era of technology, there is a plethora of information at our fingertips, anytime we want or need it. Simply type in any keyword phrase into Google or Yahoo and information overload hits us like a slap in the face.
Let’s take for example the term wheelchair van. After typing that into Google, there are 592,000 results that appear. Now take the phrase handicap van, which yields 706,000 results on Google. How does one decipher what is valid and legitimate information, especially when we all have the attention span of a 5 year old and can only get through 2-3 pages of results.
VMI has launched a new campaign this week to assist buyers of wheelchair accessible vans get one step closer to finding answers to very important questions, many of which are foreign to many first time buyers and even second and third time buyers. After talking with hundreds of our customers over the years, these questions are, in my opinion, the most important, in terms of what best suits you and your needs. We all want certain features, but the wheelchair user may have needs that outweigh those wants and desires.
1. What are the differences between an in-floor and fold-out ramp?
2. How does SURE DEPLOY help in case of vehicle power failure?
3. Why is a 55 1/2″ door opening height so important?
4. What is the benefit of having an 8 degree ramp angle?
5. Why is an 11″ dropped floor beneficial?
6. What does “wheelchair maneuverability” in an accessible van mean?
7. How do I know how much interior headroom I need in an accessible van?
8. Is the functionality of the front passenger’s seat the same with all ramp systems?
9. Where is the spare tire located and how is it accessed?
10. How much ground clearance do I need to clear speed bumps?
When searching for a wheelchair van, take these 10 questions to your local Certified Mobility Equipment Dealer and take 10 minutes to get educated. Test out different vehicles with you and your family and see which best fits you. Just because it is a wheelchair accessible van, does not mean it is a one size fits all. Take a look inside the latest VMI wheelchair accessible minivan.