The most essential factor when considering a wheelchair accessible vehicle is size with access and headroom for the wheelchair passenger being the prime concern. It is essential to ensure that the person you’re buying the vehicle for can actually access the adapted vehicle easily and once onboard have enough space and headroom. Taller wheelchair users, that are wheelchair users who sit quite tall in their wheelchairs, may have difficulty entering the vehicle due to restricted door heights, sitting upright in the vehicle due to low roof heights and also suffer poor visibility due to low windows or windscreens.
WAVs with lowered floors offer an excellent solution for all of the above problems and also offer greatly reduced ramp angles for ease of access. High roof vehicles can also offer improved access for wheelchair users either using a simple on-board ramp, with or without the benefit of a powered access winch, or more commonly a powered wheelchair lift. These tend to be bigger vehicles that probably won’t fit into your garage but do offer additional seating positions if required, which is another important factor.
Tip: Bigger vehicles do offer more space, but they also take up more space and access to car parks may be restricted.