Wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) are essential for people with mobility impairments to maintain their independence and freedom. However, buying new can be prohibitively expensive for many, and more and more people are turning to used WAVs instead. Buying a used WAV can be a great way to save money and still get a high-quality vehicle, if you haven’t considered it, perhaps it’s time to look again…

1. Save Money
An important factor for us all and the most obvious benefit of buying a used WAV is that it can save you money. Buying a high quality used WAV could save thousands of pounds over the cost of buying new.

2. Wider Selection
When you buy a used WAV, you have a much wider selection of vehicles to choose from. Typically new WAV dealers will only deal with one or two vehicle manufacturers. Buying from a used dealer means you’ll have a selection of most makes, models and conversions and the staff may have wider experience of the differences and benefits. A wider range will give you a far better chance of finding the perfect vehicle for your needs.

3. No Long Waits
When you buy a new WAV, you may have to wait months for the vehicle to be manufactured, converted and delivered. With a used WAV, you can typically take the vehicle home the same day you purchase it, or if you’re further afield have it delivered within a week.

4. Low mileage WAVs
Many used WAVs have very low mileage when compared to standard cars of the same age, it’s not uncommon to see almost ten year old WAVs with less than 15,000 miles on the clock. WAVs are sometimes a second car for a family which has occasional use, or they are used only for occasional day trips or hospital appointments. These low mileage vehicles represent a great buy and allow those on a budget to buy a vehicle with lower wear and tear than you’d expect.

5. Approved Pre-Owned Vehicles
Many used WAV dealers offer certified pre-owned vehicles. At WavsGB our vehicles are RAC Approved, and have been inspected and reconditioned by an independent garage, to meet specific standards (in the case of RAC warranties they have to meet 82 separate requirements) so you can be confident that they are in good condition.

7. Warranties
Used WAVs may come with warranties or varying lengths at WavsGB we offer a 12 month RAC warranty as standard on all used WAVs. This can give you peace of mind knowing that you are covered if something goes wrong with the vehicle.

8. Tailor to your needs.
Buying a used WAV may help your budget stretch further and allow you to add some change to the WAV to get it just right for your needs.
Extra equipment and upgrades like power winches, tailgates or ramps can be added to used vehicles.

Considerations When Buying a Used WAV
When you come to buy a used WAV if you can’t visit or take a test drive make sure you arrange for a home demonstration. Trying the vehicle before buying is very important for both the driver and the wheelchair user.

  • Is it nice to drive?
  • Does it run well?
  • Can you open the tailgate and lower/raise the ramp easily?
  • Does the wheelchair fit?
  • Is it comfortable for the wheelchair user?

Buying a used WAV can be a great way to save money and get a high-quality vehicle. By following the tips in this article, you can make sure you are making a wise investment.

WavsGB: A Great Place to Buy Used WAVs
If you are looking for a great place to buy a used WAV. WavsGB is a popular and reputable used WAV dealer that offers a wide selection of approved and warrantied vehicles at great prices.

You can browse all our vehicles on our website here: https://www.wavsgb.com/

WavsGB is a family run business and takes pride in offering excellent customer service. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are happy to help with any aspect of buying a WAV. Based just outside of Bath we offer FREE NATIONWIDE delivery for all our WAV sales and short term or long term WAV hire.

If you’re looking for advice, please feel free to contact us via our website (we offer live chat for faster help) or call us on 01761 471540