When considering an accessible vehicle purchase, first-time buyers and seasoned consumers alike face a crucial question: Should I buy a new vehicle or a used one? Here, we outline some considerations to help you make the best-informed decision when choosing between a new and a used wheelchair van.
First and foremost, there’s a clear difference in price between new and used wheelchair vans, with new vehicles costing a good deal more. You could save $20,000 or more by opting for a pre-owned or a used van. This alone can be the deciding factor for people with limited budgets.
Also note that, as with vehicles of all types, the value of a new accessible van depreciates significantly during the first year of ownership. So, selecting a newer-model “slightly used” van provides the buyer with an opportunity [...]
Many people who buy a wheelchair accessible vehicle also opt to purchase a warranty. This can reduce or eliminate numerous maintenance costs for the life of the contract. Selecting and purchasing a warranty through a mobility dealer can be a smooth and simple process. More importantly, the mobility dealer will ensure that you know which plans cover your specific conversion.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about warranties for mobility vehicles.
OEM Vehicle Warranties
Many vehicle manufacturers offer warranties on new models. Vehicles are most likely to be eligible for warranties when the model is no more than four years old and has been driven fewer than 50,000 miles.
When this period (as set by the manufacturer) has lapsed, an extended warranty is often available. The most common type is a powertrain [...]
Are you looking for an accessible vehicle, but you don’t want to drive a minivan or a full-size van? Coming this Fall, you have an exciting new option: the Chevy Traverse Wheelchair Accessible SUV. Here’s a sneak peek…
Built on the Chevy Traverse chassis, the Chevy Traverse MXV (Mobility Crossover Vehicle) is manufactured by BraunAbility, the leading producer of wheelchair accessible vehicles. This state-of-the-art accessible SUV is just what many buyers have been waiting for. It offers the sleek appearance and ground clearance of an SUV, paired with the accessibility and spaciousness of a van. See it here.
Riding in any vehicle should be a comfortable experience for all passengers. The 2020 Traverse MXV boasts exceptional rear cabin space, with increased ease and mobility for wheelchairs. It easily fits even larger powerchairs.
Plain and simple, traditional vehicles were not designed for people who use wheelchairs or scooters. Fortunately, the invention of the wheelchair lift was a game changer in supporting a person’s mobility and independence.
Lifts allow for safe and easy boarding of a van. If used incorrectly, however, they can result in serious injury. Here are some tips on how to safely use your wheelchair or scooter lift.
1. Always Strap In
Wheelchair accessible vehicles come with a variety of straps, belts and tie-downs that keep the passenger in place and avoid sliding in the vehicle. It is extremely important that whoever is using the lift is sure all straps and seat belts are utilized and securely tightened. Straps that are on but not tightly secured can lead to unwanted and potentially dangerous movement and [...]
Summer is finally here. And there’s nothing like feeling a gentle sea breeze blowing through your hair and the warm summer sun on your face while enjoying a beautiful ocean scene. If you use a wheelchair, we want you to know that, with a little research, you can find accessible beaches with accessible boardwalks, beach wheelchairs, and long rubber mats that lead to the shorelines.
Here are some of the best accessible beaches in the United States, and in New York state, in particular. Just a quick note first: If you’re planning on using your wheelchair accessible van for a road trip this summer, be sure to come to Bussani Mobility for a maintenance check beforehand so we can help keep you safe during your adventures.
Most of us have been breathing a small sigh of relief these last few days, now that New York state is beginning to open up and quarantines from the COVID-19 pandemic are being lifted. As we all start venturing out again, it’s important to keep ourselves and our environments as germ-free as possible.
Your wheelchair van should be sanitized and disinfected on a regular basis, to help you and anyone you travel with stay safe. Here are some tips on what to do…
1. Keep Disinfectant in Your Vehicle. The experts are saying that the COVID-19 virus on external surfaces can be killed. Common household EPA-registered disinfectants will do the job. It’s recommended that you always keep some spray and wipes in your van, and that you continually wipe down all points of the car where contact is [...]
Although COVID-19 quarantines and restrictions are beginning to be lifted, many businesses throughout the country are still asking their employees to work from home. In fact, the new work-from-home normal may well become the way much business is done as we all move into our new future.
For those who are used to having a lot of social interaction at work, this can be a lonely experience at times. It can also be difficult to stay on task with pets and kids in your workspace. And then there are the household tasks, like laundry and house cleaning, that can contribute to a distracting at-home workspace. But, there are ways around all of it.
Here are five helpful tips for creating a happy and productive at-home work environment, during and beyond the pandemic:
Even during these chaotic times, maintaining your wheelchair vehicle is essential to keeping it running smoothly. There are simple steps that you can take at home to help extend the life of your vehicle and keep you safe on the road:
1) Check the door track and ramp.
First, examine the door track and remove any debris. Also, check the hinges of your ramp to make sure that all of the bolts are tight and secure. A dry lube can be applied at the hinges to maintain the highest level of mobility.
2) Check the battery.
Be sure the battery is cleaned off and there aren’t any bubbles of acid on the surface. If you find bubbles, use a scrub brush to clear them. Make sure the battery cables are tight and secure. Turn on the van and listen to the sound of the vehicle. If you hear something that doesn’t sound right, such [...]
Life has been turned upside down for all of us, around the world, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know instinctively that it’s vital during these trying times to stay as healthy as possible physically, but our mental health also needs attention. Here are a few simple tips to help you stay strong mentally, as we all ride this out:
1. Get outside and enjoy nature.
Yes, there are many places that are prohibited right now. But, you can still go out and experience the great outdoors. There is something to be said about the peace that we feel when we take a break from the stress of our daily lives and just breathe in the fresh air. It can improve your mental state if you take the time, each and every day, to [...]
If you or a loved one uses a wheelchair or scooter, the easiest way to get around is with a wheelchair accessible van. And there are many stylish and functional models on the market today. But if you don’t have your own van, that doesn’t have to hinder your mobility. There are other solutions for transporting your wheelchair or scooter.
The team at Bussani Mobility thrives on helping people find independence through mobility. And we know that sometimes the best answer is to adapt your current vehicle, even if it’s not a van. Here’s what you can do:
1. Wheelchair Trailer
A wheelchair trailer is a possible solution. If you have a power wheelchair, you will have to consider its weight and purchase a trailer that can accommodate it. To avoid any damage to [...]