Important fact described briefly below:
Wheelchair users, people with reduced mobility, and their passengers often face challenges when they want to rent a vehicle. In the car rental business, there is a growing range of vehicles available to suit different needs.
Unfortunately, at HAPPYCAR, you cannot reserve a mobility accessible rental car. However, below we will inform you where you can book them and how you may equip your vehicle.
Fortunately, many suppliers now offer universally accessible rental cars. Certain car models have been converted to make driving possible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. We answer important questions approximately about mobility accessible rental vehicles.
How can a mobility accessible rental car be arranged?
That depends on the type of physical limitation. Sometimes particular seats are sufficient. Wheelchair users often need an entry ramp and hand throttle.
The Space Drive System makes it possible to operate the vehicle using a joystick. This allows the car to be driven without using legs. Further development is the Space Drive II system, which can be operated with minimal mobility. The system is based on microprocessor-controlled driving aids. The signals are sent to servomotors, which are responsible for the accelerator, brakes, and steering.
What and when is a converted rental vehicle needed?
Universally accessible rental vehicles can be used in many situations. Sometimes long-term rental is more practical and economically more sensible than buying a vehicle. It can also serve as an interim solution until your car has been converted or repaired to make it more accessible.
When traveling, a suitable rental car can be very helpful. Adapted vehicles can also be used as company cars for employees with limited mobility.
Which manufacturers build mobility accessible cars?
A well-known manufacturer is a German company Paravan, which develops innovative mobility systems and vehicles suitable for people with limited mobility. Paravan also offers individual adjustments if the driver needs a change.
Which are the best universally accessible rental cars?
The best vehicle always depends on the individual needs of the driver. However, the VW Caddy Maxi and Fiat Ducato cars, which are suitable for wheelchairs, are very popular.
What makes the VW Caddy Maxi stand out?
The VW Caddy Maxi is spacious and suitable for one wheelchair user and five other people. The advantage is that it is designed for wheelchair user drivers and non-wheelchair user drivers. Anyone can drive the vehicle. Drivers can operate the accelerator and brake by hand. This function can be switched off, and then the foot activates the control.
How much does a mobility accessible rental car cost?
The price depends, among other things, on the type of equipment needed, the car model, and the rental period.
Note: At HAPPYCAR, there are no wheelchair accessible rentals. You have to inquire about them on-site at the respective car rental company.
Where can I rent a wheelchair accessible car in the USA?
In the USA, you can contact Hertz and Alamo. Be aware of the regulations of each state. For example, whether a rental car may be driven from the age of 18 or 21.
Where can I get a wheelchair accessible rental car in Germany?
Rental cars for wheelchair users are available from the car rental companies Avis, Enterprise, and Europcar. You can get a converted VW Caddy Maxi at over 100 Avis stations in Germany. Europcar rents this vehicle at train stations, airports, as well as in the major cities of Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, and Munich. On request, it is possible to pick up the car within a radius of 125 miles (200 kilometers).
Small car rental companies, for example, the company Rolli in Motion, in Berlin, offers wheelchair accessible rental cars. The manufacturer Paravan also offers rental cars for wheelchair users.
Where are there wheelchair accessible rental cars in Austria?
The VW Caddy Maxi is also available in Vienna. By arrangement, it can be picked up in Salzburg, Innsbruck, Linz, Graz, and Klagenfurt. Further locations are available on request from the respective car rental company.
Where can I find wheelchair accessible rental cars in Spain?
In Spain, the car rental companies Cicar, Hertz, Avis, and Paravan usually offer rental cars for people with limited mobility. On the Canary Islands, the company Cicar is very well known. On the Balearic Island, Mallorca, the car rental company Kurt from Porto Cristo is a competent partner.
Where can I rent a car for people with limited mobility in Australia and New Zealand?
In these two countries, Hertz Car Rental is particularly well known for offering universally accessible rental cars.
What should I pay attention too?
Since there are usually a limited number of wheelchair accessible rental cars, you should book in advance. Discuss with the car rental company which equipment you will need. Also, make sure that fully comprehensive insurance is in