Buying A Car

Most of us are reliant on our cars to remain mobile and the use of a suitable vehicle can make a huge difference, making everyday life easier and promoting independence. There are a number of important factors to consider before making a decision and committing to buy.

The information on these pages provides some advice to support you with making that purchase.

Important factors to consider

One of the most important things to consider is the adaptions that you need to gain access to the car and to drive it safely and comfortably. Not all cars can accommodate all adaptions so this should be considered before deciding on a particular car. Even if you are not planning to drive the car yourself, you will still need to consider how you will get in and out as a passenger and travel safely and comfortably.

The basic design of the vehicle can have a big effect on how easy it is to get in and out of the car, whether there is space to accommodate a mobility aid such as a wheelchair or scooter, access to the vehicle controls and comfort.  Individual people find different styles suit them.

For that reason, it is important when you are choosing a new or used vehicle that you try out as many as you can. In addition, it’s a good idea to talk to other people with similar disabilities about their experience of choosing a car, they may have some valuable pointers. The Trust can put you in touch with someone who would be happy to talk to you.

Other considerations are how you choose to finance the purchase and the cost of extras such as adaptations and insurance.

Paying for a car

Financial considerations

Where can I get further information?

If you need further help and advice about buying a car you can contact the Health and Wellbeing team on 01480 474074 or email.

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