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? In the past, wheelchair accessible vehicles, although functionally operational, were extremely unsightly and sacrificed style for affordability and functionality. Previously, wheelchair accessible vehicles, were not very attractive as they were built more for functionality and affordability. However the disabled car market is ever growing due to the popular demand for these vehicles. Prior to today's technologies, disabled cars were limited to the aftermarket, with standard model cars being retrofitted to handle handicap capabilities. Now, today's major auto companies including Nissan, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Kia, and Fiat all offer wheelchair vehicles. Due to new and improved technology, wheelchair vehicles are no longer limited to minivans. New body styles of disabled cars now come in the forms of SUV's and Crossovers. Thanks to these new and improved designs that companies are now offering, more and more people are being given the opportunity to purchase disabled vehicles. For customers who are able-bodied consumers, buying a car includes the consideration of, affordability, style, colour, design, comfort and resale value. Other parameters need to be considered, for those who are looking to purchase a disabled car. Some of these parameters include safety, the effectiveness of entry and exit, durability of safety features and stability mechanisms and also the cost of customization. If you're not positioned centrally and low down within the wheelchair car, the resulting ride will not be comfortable. If the parameters do not meet expectations, then it can lead to an unpleasant and uncomfortable journey, which could prove to be unsafe. There are two main options when considering wheelchair car customization. An adapted front passenger seat could be an option. This option usually will require a standing transfer. The carer however needs to be free from problems with their back, shoulder and heart, due to the harder requirement of physical lifting. There is another disadvantage to this option, which is the wheelchair needs to be dismantled before loading. The average transfer time is eight to twelve minutes. The other option is to purchase a vehicle which has been designed for wheelchair access. The main difference with the second option is that the passenger remains in the wheelchair. This means option two depends on a simple lift ramp, or hydraulic lift. The specifics of the vehicle are not as important as disabled people or carers being aware of these new vehicles, which allow for a more stylish ride. As you can see there are new and imporved methods out there to help give the disabled a chance to explore. These improvements in these vehicles, lead to greater opportunities for those less abled bodies, giving them the chance to partake in more activities.
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