Shopping for the correct type of car when you need a wheelchair accessible vehicle in Scotland can be daunting when you don’t know where to begin. But luckily at Bridgend Group you don’t need to stress about finding a vehicle that is suitable for wheelchair access when there is such a wide variety of cars to choose from with various price offerings as well.
What Are Your Driving Needs?
There are several aspects you will want to consider before settling on your chosen vehicle. The first one will be the size of the wheelchair that you are using and whether it fits comfortably into the car. Then you need to think about how frequently you will need to fit the wheelchair into the vehicle and whether you need ample luggage space as well. If the wheelchair alone takes up all the space, where will your shopping or luggage go? There is not much point spending a lot of money on a vehicle when it will not be adequate for your daily needs. So the first thing to do is compile a checklist.
What You Should Look For In a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV)?
The most important aspect you will want to consider is whether your wheelchair will fit comfortably into your WAV. Depending on the size of the wheelchair that will be used, it will be useful to compare your measurements with that of your chosen vehicle. You want to be able to easily wheel it into the back of the vehicle with your passenger having ample room around them, and not feeling claustrophobic. The next feature to look for are either safety belts or straps that will comfortably secure the wheelchair when the car is moving, or a fold away ramp. You don’t want to be lifting the passenger in the wheelchair when you can comfortably push them up the ramp instead.
The Different Sizes of WAV’s
You might think that a wheelchair accessible vehicle is only available in one size but there are instead various sizes to choose from. The standard specifications in the UK are the following.
Small (such as the Fiat Doblo, Peugeot Partner and Volkswagen Caddy)
Medium-Small (the Vauxhall Combo, Volkswagen Caddy Maxi and Ford Grand Tourneo Connect)
Medium-Large ( the Peugeot Traveller, Vauxhall Vivaro and Volkswagen Transporter)
Large (the Fiat Ducato, Renault Master and Peugeot Boxer)
What differentiates these different sizes is the ability to comfortably seat passengers in the back. A Small WAV, typically includes a fitted ramp, and can fit a total of 5 passengers, including the driver.
A Medium-Small WAV will enable the wheelchair passenger to be located behind the driver in the second row or at the back, and there is generally more space compared to the small version.
The Medium-Large WAV can easily fit a total of 9 passengers including the driver and will provide more options with regards to the seating arrangement. There is the option to fit a lift as well as use the existing ramp, which certainly helps with your wheelchair requirements.
Finally the Large WAV will instantly come with a lift as well as the ramp. There is far more flexibility in terms of seating arrangements and you most likely will have the space for two wheelchair passengers inside based on how you arrange the seats.
Do You Want To Buy New?
If cost is not an issue and you are looking to buy new then there is a great selection of wheelchair accessible vehicles to choose from. This includes the Citroen Berlingo Multispace priced at £6,999. With two front seats and three in the rear there is still ample space for wheelchair access and a split folding ramp included. The ramp is an important feature when shopping for your WAV so that you can easily fit the wheelchair into the vehicle. Price wise is certainly a bargain, with the option of a finance plan of £145.16 a month.
Or there is the Peugeot Partner Tepee priced at £7,499, which again is not overly expensive for a new vehicle, with the option of a monthly finance plan of only £155.53. When you buy new you know you will not need to make any alterations to the vehicle such as fitting in the ramp or including electric belts for the wheelchair passenger user.
Or Perhaps You Prefer A Good Quality Second Hand One Instead?
If instead you are looking to buy a good quality second hand wheelchair accessible vehicle, then we have compiled a list of 10 good quality vehicles that are currently on sale in the UK, not too far from Kilwinning where we are based. Here are the following 10 models that we would recommend which would be suitable for a wheelchair user.
1. Peugeot Partner Tepee Horizon
The Peugeot Partner Tepee Horizon priced at £10,995 has the capacity to fit 3 passengers, one of which would be for wheelchair access. There is a foldable wheel ramp to provide ease of access in the rear.
Paisley, Renfrewshire (19 miles from Kilwinning)
2. Renault Kangoo
On the market is the Renault Kangoo for £4,500. It is an automatic model which seats 5 passengers and can accommodate up to 650 litres worth of luggage. There is an easy to use fold away ramp, and a rear lowered floor to accommodate a wheelchair passenger or mobility scooter.
Newmains, North Lanarkshire (48 miles from Kilwinning)
3. 62 Fiat Doblo
The 62 Fiat Doblo is a manual vehicle currently selling for £6,995. It is a manual car with the capacity to fit 3 passengers, with one using a wheelchair. There is a lowered floor to allow access for wheelchair use, a ramp and electric belts to provide safety. This will make the journey much safer.
Coxhoe, County Durham (196 miles from Kilwinning)
4. Peugeot Partner
The Peugeot Partner is priced at £7,995. It seats 5 passengers and has a rear ramp using electric reels to allow easy access for wheelchair use. There is also a winch to help facilitate easy boarding. It means you can comfortably place the wheelchair user in the vehicle without having to struggle with a badly fitted ramp.
Marton-In-Cleveland, North Yorkshire (218 miles from Kilwinning)
5. Citroen Berlingo Multispace
The Citroen Berlingo Multispace is on sale for £5,495. It is a manual car which can accommodate 5 passengers. It is wheelchair user friendly with a ramp, a lowered interior floor, anchor points and includes straps and belts to allow for a safe journey.
Blackpool, Lancashire (221 miles from Kilwinning)
6. Peugeot Expert
The Peugeot Expert is on sale for £7,995. It is a manual driving model and comfortably seats 7 passengers, including the wheelchair user. It has an inbuilt ramp with safety belts for wheelchair access.
Rossendale, Lancashire (227 miles from Kilwinning)
7. Kia Sedona
This Kia Sedona is priced at £12,450. It has automatic driving and can easily accommodate a large wheelchair or mobility scooter. There is space for 7 passengers and a luggage capacity of 214 litres with the passenger seats folded up. This will certainly be suitable for longer journeys.
Eccles, Manchester (238 miles from Kilwinning)
8. 59 Kia Sedona
The 59 Kia Sedona priced at £3,495 is an automatic drive vehicle. It seats 7 passengers and has wheelchair access at the rear. Definitely suitable for a larger family wishing to do longer journeys.
Leeds, West Yorkshire (250 miles from Kilwinning)
9. Peugeot Expert Tepee
A Peugeot Expert Tepee manual drive, is on sale for £10,995. It comfortably seats 6 passengers and has the space to accommodate a wheelchair or mobility scooter. It includes a folding rear ramp and wheelchair securing restraints to safely transport a passenger in the back.
Eastcote, Solihull, West Midlands (329 miles from Kilwinning)
10. VW Caddy Maxi Life
The VW Caddy Maxi Life which includes an automatic gearbox is priced at £22,450 and can easily accommodate 7 passengers. So ideal for larger families. It can be modified to provide wheelchair access using a manual wheelchair ramp and the inclusion of both electric belts and manual belts.
Gloucestershire (367 miles from Kilwinning)
It is important to be able to view the WAV vehicle you are thinking of purchasing in person, as opposed to just buying the first one that you come across online. It also provides you with the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like before committing to buying your chosen vehicle. Finding a suitable car that includes accessible wheelchair access is very important when shopping for a wheelchair friendly car. So make sure that you choose the correct vehicle that suits your specific needs.
Get in contact with us today so that we can assist you with finding the perfect wheelchair accessible vehicle for your needs in Scotland. See our location details for our WAV Centre in Kilmarnock.