People with a disability should be able to enjoy traveling and independence as much as everyone else, but it can be complicated without the right method of transport. Good companies that offer Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) and adapted car hire can sometimes be difficult to find, and we’ve been told that it’s often hard to hire the right adapted vehicle at the right time.
Specialist vehicle hire firms offer daily, weekly and long-term vehicle hire of adapted cars and WAVs to people with a disability, their families and carers.
There are many regional and nationwide companies that specialise in the hire of adapted cars and WAVs with household names like Enterprise rent-a-car and Hertz operating alongside specialist firms such as Adapted Vehicle Hire, Specialist Vehicle Hire and Angel Vehicle Hire. Many new and second-hand WAV dealers like Gowrings Mobility and WavsGB also offer vehicle hire.
Adapted Vehicle Hire are a specialist Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and adapted car rental company that hires affordable vehicles on flexible short and long term rentals. They offer every customer an individual telephone consultation to make sure they choose the right vehicle and adaptation. Adapted Vehicle Hire have 5 regional branches with vehicle delivery available throughout Great Britain.
Competitive rental rates
Flexible and customisable rental terms
Nationwide delivery & collection
Extensive range of vehicle adaptations and WAVs in stock
Adapted Vehicle Hire stock a range of large, medium and small adapted rental vehicles and will advise you on the best one to suit your needs. If you’re not sure which vehicle you'll need, simply give them a call today on 01895 439111 or visit their website and the team will help you to choose the right vehicle.
All the WAVs available to hire will come with either a powered lift or a ramp with a powered winch. Many of the vehicles will also feature a lowered rear floor to give you more room inside the vehicle and there will be anchor straps to secure wheelchair user in place, meaning everyone can travel safely and comfortably.
Smaller WAVs including the Citroen Berlingo, the Peugeot Partner and the Ford Connect Freedom (or similar) can generally accommodate one wheelchair passenger and then three other passengers (including the driver).
Medium-sized WAVs, including adapted vehicles like the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi and the Citroen Dispatch (or similar), are larger and can generally accommodate one wheelchair passenger and then between three and five other people (including the driver).
Larger WAVs are Minibus-sized and include vehicles like the Volkswagen Transporter, Renault Master and the Vauxhall Vivaro. These vehicles have more room and can sometimes transport more than one wheelchair user plus other passengers and the driver. Wheelchair users would typically access at the rear of the vehicle via a ramp or hydraulic lift and they are often fitted with removable seats, making them even more practical.
In addition, many specialist wheelchair rental firms also hire out even larger vehicles that can accommodate as many as four wheelchair users and even luxury 'prestige' vehicles, including adapted models like the Volkswagen Caravelle and the Mercedes-Benz Vito and V-Class.
Adapted mobility cars can be hired for drivers and passengers with a range of different needs and disabilities. Vehicles are typically adapted especially for the hirer and you can choose between hiring a smaller, cheaper car or from a range of larger, more expensive vehicles.
Many hire firms include simple adaptations (like a left foot accelerator or hand controls) in with the hire price. Other more complex mobility adaptations may cost extra.
Push / Pull Hand Controls
With a hand control adaptation, the driver can control the speed of the hire vehicle with a push/pull lever instead of the pedals. Electronic devices are sometimes available that require less effort.
Left Foot Accelerator
A left foot accelerator fitted to the hire vehicle lets the driver control the speed and braking with their left foot instead of their right.
Steering Wheel Aids
Adding an aid like a steering ball to the steering wheel means the driver can steer the hire car with one hand and minimal effort.
Indicator Crossover Bar
An Indicator Crossover bar shifts the operation of the indicator stalk from the left side to the right, allowing the driver to indicate with their right hand instead of the left.
General Mobility Aids
Many specialist hire firms offer other simple mobility aids like an easy release handbrake, foot pedal extensions, vehicle seat modifications and more complex adaptations like hoists to help make driving and travelling in the hire vehicle as comfortable as possible.
There are many reasons why people choose to hire an adapted car or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle:
Whichever hire company you choose, we recommend checking these important points with your advisor before you agree to hire any vehicle:
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Motability’s all-inclusive 3 year / 60,000 mile car lease package includes:
Insurance cover for 3 named drivers is included.
The cost of servicing and maintaining your car is included.
Full breakdown cover provided by RAC Motability Assist is included.
Tyre and windscreen repair and replacement cover is included.
Motability will automatically tax the vehicle every year.
Many helpful adaptations are available at no extra cost.