If you’re in the market for a wheelchair accessible vehicle, deciding which type to go for comes down to a question of size. Do you go for a big vehicle or a small one? Or perhaps you think that something that comes in between the two might be best for your particular needs….
In this article, we’re going to look at the pros and cons of using a small wheelchair accessible vehicle (or small WAV for short). We know that buying a car isn’t like buying your groceries – it’s an investment that you want to get right. Hopefully though, by the end of the article, you’ll be well-informed and in a much better position to make a decision about what to choose.
Pros – Small, nifty and perfectly thrifty
That subheading really sums up the small wheelchair accessible vehicle nicely. With a small WAV, there are two outstanding advantages to consider. Firstly, you get the advantage of superior manoeuvrability.
The smaller your car the more easily you can nip around the city, or indeed any built-up area. If the road you live on is narrow and requires cars to tuck in to the nearest available space to let other drivers slip by, then smaller cars are a definite winner.
Similarly, if your local supermarket has one of those tricky carparks, with a one-way system and narrow, hard-to-see paths for shoppers with their trolleys then the smaller car is a great choice.
Now for the thrifty part – small cars save you money in two ways. They cost less in the first place, especially if you go for a used wheelchair accessible vehicle rather than a new one. And, they cost less to actually run. This is always a good thing, even if you’re only doing short journeys in your car.
Cons – Capacity and access
OK, so we’ve looked at the advantages of the small WAV. Now, let’s look at some of the potential disadvantages that you may encounter with this size of car. The first and perhaps most obvious point is the limited capacity.
If seats are removed to accommodate a wheelchair, that’s fewer passengers that you can take. True, you might be mainly using the car for just yourself. In this case, there’s no issue; however, for those drivers who like to take larger groups, it might be worth considering a medium or large WAV.
The access to the vehicle is another point to bear in mind – do you prefer a lift or a ramp? Do you prefer rear access or side access? Think about the sort of space you’ll typically park in – a driveway? Street parking? And what do the local shops offer in the way of spaces and room around the vehicle? Since small WAVs often have ramps at the back, you might want to think about how that will fit in with your life.
Final thoughts on the small WAV
OK, so there’s clearly some weighing up to do here. There’s no right answer concerning the overall best type of WAV because it all depends on the individual and on your particular preferences. It’s clear that small cars are both more manoeuvrable and cheaper to buy and to run. However, it’s worth considering that a larger WAV might actually suit your needs better, as far as vehicle capacity and access to the car are concerned.