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Coping with a mobility-related disability is an expensive proposition! We live in an age where, with a little accommodation, wheelchair-bound or otherwise disabled individuals can experience a great deal of independence and dignity. But those accommodations add a layer of complexity and financial weight to your life that can make the adjustment challenging.
One of the most vital elements of your mobility solution is your mobility vehicle – a wheelchair accessible van or hand petal-driven car. These miracles of modern engineering provide access to the world. But when notice that your vehicle is no longer roadworthy, it does not mean that you’re stuck! Here are a few options to help you minimize the financial hit of an aging vehicle:
Mobility vehicles have a niche market, but there is a market! According to the CDC, more than 1 in 10 Americans live with some type of disability. And just because the vehicle no longer suits your needs doesn’t mean that nobody wants it. Selling your mobility vehicle to a willing buyer could be the best option!
Past 30,000 miles, many dealerships won’t take the trade in. Past 100,000 miles, you’re going to have a hard time selling it at all. At this point, you’ve driven most of the vehicle’s value out of it, which limits your options. But fear not! Many services exist locally that will pay you just for the scrap. Vans are especially valuable for their many constituent parts: metal frame and body panels, heavy-rated tires and rims, electronic components such as window motors, radios, lock actuators, and wheelchair lifts.
Junk removal service providers will tow the old scrap away at no charges. You’re not going to recoup much of the original purchase cost this way, but it’s significantly better than paying for a tow away or continuing to throw money at the car to keep it on the road. Theclunkerjunker.com suggests scrapped vehicles in metropolitan areas go for at least $340 – more for vehicles newer than 2005 whose engines still start, that have a clean title.
Understanding the value of your old van and getting rid of it in the best way could be the best idea. Whether trading in, selling or giving the car to charity, you must be sure that you are doing the right thing for your old mobility vehicle.