GMC Savana - adaptive equipmentEnlarge Photo
General Motors introduced the GM Mobility Program in 1991 to help make it easy and safe for people with special needs and those who care for them travel and to find helpful information about adapting their vehicles with mobility products.
Currently, the GM Mobility Reimbursement Program provides up to $1,000 reimbursement for eligible adaptive equipment, plus two additional years of standard OnStar service (available through September 30, 2012). To be eligible, consumers buy a new 2011-2013 Chevrolet, Buick or GMC vehicle equipped with OnStar, purchase and install eligible adaptive equipment, and apply for GM Mobility Reimbursement. Download the reimbursement application form or request that it be mailed on the site.
Based on 2011 mobility reimbursements, the most popularly converted GM vehicles are the full-size Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups and the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia crossovers. The most common adaptation is the wheelchair/scooter lift, followed by hand controls.
For further information on the GM Mobility Program, call 1-800-323-9935 or TTY 1-800-833-9935.
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Consumers with need for adaptive equipment can take advantage of the Honda Customer Mobility Assistance Program and receive up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses incurred to purchase and install qualifying adaptive equipment on any eligible new Honda vehicle purchased or leased in the United States.
Honda will consider reimbursement for those modifications that have been approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The written reimbursement request must be received within six months of adaptive equipment installation. The form is downloadable on the Honda Customer Mobility Assistance Program website and can also be obtained upon request from Automobile Customer Service at 1-800-999-1009.
For more information on the 2012 Honda Odyssey, see our review here.
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Buyers of new Subaru Legacy, Outback, Impreza, Forester and Tribeca models can receive up to $500 reimbursement for qualifying adaptive equipment. Such equipment includes, but is not limited to, left-hand gear shifter, hand and foot controls, servo-assisted controls, steering devices, pedal extensions, turn-signal modification and wheelchair and/or scooter lifts and ramps.
Called Subaru Mobile-It-Ease, the reimbursement program applies only to new Subaru vehicles purchased from authorized Subaru vehicles in the United States. Vehicle modifications must be made within six months of vehicle purchase and a claim form submitted with all accompanying documentation within 180 days of installation.
For more information, contact Subaru Customer Dealer Services at 1-800-SUBARU-3 (1-800-782-2783).
Toyota Sienna - wheelchair accessible conversion
Toyota Sienna - wheelchair accessible conversionEnlarge Photo
Toyota Mobility began providing mobility solutions back in 2001 by introducing a Tundra pickup with a wheelchair lift. Since that time, the company has expanded its vehicle lines that offer mobility assistance products and has partnered with some of the best conversion companies in the market.
BraunAbility converts Toyota Sienna ramp vans and Bruno Independent Living Aids installs lift-up seats in many of Toyota’s sport utility vehicles, including the RAV4 and Highlander models. Wheelchair lifts, scooter lifts and hand controls are available on most Toyota models. In addition, Toyota offers a factory-installed auto-access seat on the Sienna. Also see our review of the 2012 Toyota Sienna here.