Custom Handicap Vehicles

Written by Sierra Rein
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It is quite popular amongst persons with disabilities to purchase custom handicap vehicles instead of run-of-the-mill prepackaged vans and mini-vans. Customizing is not only for fun and personalization. It can also make vehicles individualized to each person's physical comfort needs and increase safety and reliability for the driver as well.

There are many types of modifications, either functional or aesthetic, that can greatly improve the quality and safety of a handicap vehicle. For example, if the person with disabilities is planning on driving the van, he should build the steering column to include the right controls that fit his or her mobility. Doorways and lifts should be chosen based on the weight and breadth of the wheelchair, while powered tie-downs for securing the chair into the floor should be chosen based on the style of the chair as well.

Other ways of building custom handicap vehicles are more luxurious in nature. Choices such as interior carpeting, leather seating for ambulatory passengers and all the bells and whistles normally associated with executive-designer cars can be installed as well. These can include CD players, high-quality speakers, anti-theft devices, emergency call equipment and even DVD players.

Cutting Costs with Custom Handicap Vehicles

Because the price of a new handicap van is often extremely high, many auto dealers offer garages and reconditioning crews that will custom design a van to detailed specifications. Often, used vans can be purchased at a fraction of their original price and refitted with brand new, top-of-the-line lifts and steering controls. This can save a lot of money in the long run and, when combined with state financial aid programs and personal insurance plans, can make the shopping experience for custom handicap vehicles extremely affordable.

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