Need Help With Vehicle Mobility? Check Out These Programs From Automakers Page 3

May 30, 2012

Toyota will reimburse original retail customers of new Toyota vehicles up to $1,000 for the exact cost they paid to purchase and install qualifying adaptive driver or passenger equipment. The adaptive equipment must be installed within 12 months of vehicle purchase or lease.

Click here to find out more information on financial assistance and download the reimbursement application at the Toyota Mobility Assistance Program or call 1-800-331-4331.

2012 Volkswagen Routan

2012 Volkswagen Routan

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Called Mobility Access, the Volkswagen program provides up to $1,000 towards the purchase and installation of lift equipment, carriers, hand controls, pedal extensions or other assistance equipment o any new and unused Volkswagen model.

The effective dates for the Volkswagen Mobility Access program are January 4, 2012 through January 2, 2013.

Consumers can get more details and obtain a claim form from a Volkswagen dealer and have a maximum of $1,000 of modifications reimbursed by VW through any outfitter they choose.

Volkswagen’s most commonly adapted vehicle is the Routan minivan.

Volvo XC60 - adaptive equipment

Volvo XC60 - adaptive equipment

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Mobility by Volvo was launched in the U.S. market in 2004. The program provides reimbursement up to $1,000 toward the cost of adaptive equipment added to an eligible new Volvo and up on $200 on alert hearing devices.

Eligible adaptive equipment includes all permanently installed mobility devices necessary for a person with a physical disability to drive or be transported in a vehicle. However, options available from the factory or the retailer for installation, such as running boards and power-assisted seats are not considered eligible for reimbursement under the Mobility by Volvo program.

The reimbursement offer is only available on the purchase of new 2011, 2012 or 2013 model year vehicles (used vehicles are not eligible). Claims must be submitted within 180 days of vehicle purchase. Consumers can request an information kit with a claim form and a directory of driver assessment canters, modifiers and government agencies by calling the Mobility by Volvo Center at 1-800-803-5222 or TTY 1-800=833-0312 or by email:

Jawanza Keita, technology and product communications manager for Volvo Cars of North America said that the top four Volvo vehicle lines in order of Mobility by Volvo adaption frequency are the XC60, XC70, V70 and S40.

Keita added that the top four adaptive equipment types installed by Mobility by Volvo are push-pull hand controls, wheelchair hoists, left foot accelerators and steering assistance devices. These are not mutually exclusive, since some vehicles have more than one type of Mobility by Volvo adaption done.

More help on what to buy

For information on what type of adaptive equipment to buy, how and where to buy and have it installed, first check out the automotive mobility solutions from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA).

NMEDA is a non-profit trade association of mobility equipment manufacturers, dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities and assisting with driving independence using wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

Want a live person to talk to? Call the NMEDA help center at 1-866-948-8341. 

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