Mobility equipment is often life changing. Ans while quality mobility equipment can be expensive, price should not be a barrier to the people who need it. Luckily, there are a lot of options available to assist with and finance the purchase of mobility equipment.
Conventional Vehicle Financing
Vehicle and conversion financing are now available through BraunAbility Finance. Why use a big bank that doesn’t understand your vehicle or equipment? BraunAbility Finance has great rates and terms, and they understand your vehicle.
Applying is very simple and can be completed by clicking the link below to download the Consumer Finance Application. You can either fill in the fields then print or just print the form and fill in your information. Once the application is completed, submit it to your Mobility Advisor at Advantage Mobility.
Grants and Funding in Michigan
In addition to traditional vehicle financing, there are also a variety of state and federal programs available to financially assist you with your van conversion or wheelchair/scooter lift purchase. Check out the financial aid offered by Michigan to learn about assistive technology programs, state funds, and nonprofit organizations that offer financial assistance to those in need of transportation.
Many websites featuring financial resources for individuals with a disability can be found here: http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2disabled.htm
These grant programs may or may not assist in the purchase or conversion of a wheelchair van. Check with the local Michigan grant provider for more details.
Michigan Assistive Technology Loan Fund – This loan is provided by the United Cerebral Palsy foundation and offers low interest loans to help you purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle or to modify a vehicle.
For more information about this loan and how to apply please visit the United Cerebral Palsy website here: http://ucpmichigan.org/at/loan-funds/michigan-assistive-technology-loan-fund/
Applying for Michigan Grants or Mobility Funding
Michigan residents seeking handicap grants for a disability should contact the above mobility funding programs. In turn we at Advantage Mobility Outfitters will work with any mobility funding such as government assistance programs, veterans programs, state mobility grants or other disability funding programs from numerous organizations to fund your new accessible vehicle, pre-owned wheelchair accessible van, or mobility equipment purchase for your current vehicle.
Other non-profit organizations that might help include:
- Easter Seals – helps disabled people and their families overcome obstacles on the road to independence.
- MS Society – helps ms patients with funding and grants for mobility equipment and conversions.
- Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) – assists individuals with obtaining durable medical equipment through its national equipment loan program and provides referrals to community resources.
Rebate offers direct from vehicle manufacturers are a useful way to save money on your mobility vehicle purchase. Taking advantage of available rebates can end up saving you thousands of dollars.
The Chrysler Mobility Program will provide cash reimbursement to assist in covering the cost of installing adaptive driver or passenger equipment on a vehicle. Conversions to full-size Van Ramps and Ram Wagons and minivans may be reimbursed up to $1000 while all other Chrysler Corporation cars, and trucks qualify for a maximum of $750.
For more information, contact the Chrysler Mobility Program toll free at 800-255-9877 (TTY Users: 800-922-3826). In Canada call 800-265-6908 or 313-916-9448.
The Ford Mobility Motoring Program offers financial assistance of up to $1,000 for the installation of adaptive equipment, and up to $200 on alerting devices for hearing impairments, lumbar seats and running boards on new Ford Motor Company vehicle purchases or leases.
For more information, contact the Ford Mobility Motoring Program toll free at 800-952-2248 (TTY Users: 800-833-0312). In Canada call 800-565-8985.
Under the GM Mobility Reimbursement Program, a customer may be reimbursed up to $1,000 of the cost of any eligible aftermarket adaptive equipment when installed (or reinstalled) on any eligible purchased or leased new vehicle manufactured by GM, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, HUMMER, Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Saturn divisions.
To take advantage of the GM Mobility Reimbursement Program, vehicles must be adapted within 12 months from the date of purchase/lease and a claim submitted within 90 days from the date of adaptation.
Please call the GM Mobility Assistance Center at 1-800-323-9935 (TTY 1-800-833-9935) with any questions. In Canada call 800-263-3777 or 905-644-6624.
Toyota Mobility is a program designed to address the transportation needs of Toyota owners who have a disability or who have a family member with a disability or mobility issue. The program provides cash assistance of up to $1,000 of the cost of adaptive equipment, comprehensive mobility resource information, and it offers flexible, extended-term financing of up to 84 months for the vehicle and the adaptive equipment.
Reimbursements must be applied for by the original vehicle purchaser within 90 days of the completion of the adaptive equipment installation. Equipment installations must be completed within 12 months of the new Toyota vehicle delivery date.
For more information, contact the Toyota Mobility Program, (800) 331-4331 or (800) 443-4999 – TTY.
Lexus will provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000 to each eligible, original retail customer for the exact cost they paid to purchase and install qualifying adaptive driving or passenger equipment for transporting persons with physical disabilities. This offer applies to all purchased or leased new 2001 and later Lexus vehicles. Leased vehicles require advance written lessor approval of adaptive-equipment installations.
Please call Lexus Customer Satisfaction with any questions: (800) 255-3987 or (800) 443-4999 – TDD
Lexus supports the U.S. Department of Transportation’s recommended process, which is detailed in the brochure, “Adapting Motor Vehicles for People With Disabilities.” Copies are available by calling (888) 327-4236 or at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/
Volkswagen will refund up to $1000 on the purchase or lease of a new Volkswagen vehicle if vehicle access or ramp equipment is installed.
For more information, contact Volkswagen of America toll free at 800-DRIVE VW
The Honda Customer Mobility Assistance Program is proud to support the mobility needs of drivers and passengers with physical disabilities. Honda will provide a reimbursement of up to $1,000 to each eligible, original retail customer for expenses incurred to purchase and install qualifying adaptive equipment on any eligible purchased or leased Honda vehicle.
For more information, contact Honda Automobile Customer Service 800-999-1009
The reimbursement request must be made within six months of the adaptive equipment installation.
The Acura Mobility Program is proud to support the mobility needs of drivers and passengers with physical disabilities. When you purchase or lease an Acura vehicle, you will be provided with a cash reimbursement of up to $1,000 of the cost of aftermarket adaptive equipment that is installed on any eligible vehicle.
For more information, contact Acura Customer Service 800-382-2238
Jaguar Mobility Program
The Jaguar Mobility Headquarters can assist in locating assessment centers, equipment dealers and installers, and potential resources for financial assistance.
For further information on the Jaguar Mobility Program call 1-800-207-5517 or TTY 1-800-833-0312.
Mobility by Volvo is a logical extension of the Care by Volvo philosophy that travels from the Volvo retailer to your driveway. The goal is to assist persons who are mobility challenged or hearing impaired so their transportation needs can be met within the extraordinary comfort and safety of a specially adapted Volvo. To begin the process and learn more, you can contact the Mobility by Volvo Center at 1-800-803-5222.