When it comes to a wheelchair accessible vehicle, no purchase should be entered into lightly. For many with mobility issues, their WAV is a lifeline granting them the independence to complete their daily tasks, so it makes sense that only a reliable automobile will suffice.
A used WAV can be an attractive proposition on the basis that it costs marginally less than a brand-new model – if you know what to look out for. In order to help you avoid the pitfalls of purchasing a sub-standard mobility vehicle, we've compiled this handy guide of things to consider when perusing the second-hand market:
1. Only consult with reputable dealers
With so many unscrupulous sellers on online auction sites these days, it’s difficult to know who to trust. As a general rule, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is – which is why you should only consider reputable used WAV dealerships like Mobility One.
At Mobility One, our track record speaks for itself. We go the extra mile for our customers, without getting bogged down in jargon and tech speak. Ours is an approachable attitude to mobility vehicles.
2. Ask to see the logbook
Once you’ve found a prospective used WAV, a cursory glance at the logbook will confirm the amount of mileage the vehicle has clocked up, as well as its service history and MOT record. This will provide you with an indication as to whether the vehicle has been involved in any accidents, or whether it has any significant ongoing problems.
3. Have a keen eye for detail
Don't be afraid to get up close – inspect the WAV for bodywork damage and rust. Check that the tyres are in good condition, and enquire if the vehicle comes with a spare wheel. Don't be afraid to ask questions relevant to your potential use of the vehicle either.