Alternative solutions to a WAV
Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) are vehicles that have been adapted to allow access for a wheelchair user, enabling you to travel without needing to get out of your wheelchair. It can be a misconception though, that if you find yourself needing a vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair user, your only option is a WAV.
While Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles are great for some people, it’s not necessarily the best solution for everybody. There are several vehicle adaptations that can offer alternative solutions dependent on your individual requirements.
Adaptations such as person hoists or swivel seats can safely and comfortably transfer you from wheelchair to car seat and can be fitted to a wide range of vehicles, enabling you to have more choice of different makes and models of cars rather than the limited selection of WAV’s.
These discreet seating adaptations also host several other benefits such as
- Being able to sit up front and enjoy a more comfortable and sociable journey
- Enjoy the usual luxuries of a car such as the air conditioning and heated seats
- The adaptations are easily transferable when getting a new vehicle further down the line
Lifting and Stowing
There are also adaptations available to safely lift and stow your wheelchair or mobility scooter such as a rooftop box or a boot hoist.
A car boot hoist will lift your wheelchair or mobility scooter into the boot of your vehicle with the use of a handheld remote control. The rooftop box system folds, lifts and locks away a standard manual wheelchair operated with an easy to use three switch handset.
Both of these adaptations offer a practical stowage solution and eliminates the physical strain often required when lifting the heavy parts of your mobility device.
These vehicle adaptations are not only practical alternatives but are also a lot more cost effective compared to purchasing a brand-new WAV.
Motability prices start from:
Swivel seat price starting from £1385
Person lift price starting from £695
Boot hoist price starting from £205
Roof top box price starting from £1973
We’re here to help
If you’re not sure where to start, our vehicle adaptation specialists are on hand to help. You can arrange an individual assessment with us where we will be able to advise you on the best adaptations to suit your specific needs, just get in touch with us here.