There are many reasons you may need to hire a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), from travel to short-term car replacement while yours is being repaired or serviced. With more companies now catering for people with disabilities, wheelchair-friendly cars have become easier to find.
Things To Consider When Booking A Hire Car:
1. Read your booking terms
When booking online and entering a wheelchair accessible vehicle hire agreement it is important to understand the terms and conditions of your booking. Particularly if you have never booked with this company before.
2. Compare your options
Saving money is always nice, but some companies may have hidden extras that quickly increase your total. If you have the time it will be more beneficial to you to compare a few businesses so you can better understand what you’re paying for.
3. Ask questions
Are you packing lots of luggage? When making a booking, be sure to ask about the space within the vehicle, as conversions and other adjustments may leave minimal room for you to fit luggage such as essential equipment.
4. Consider funding
If your car hire will be funded or reimbursed by a provider such as the NDIS, be sure to ask your funder what information you need to provide to them for payment. Alongside this, be sure to collect an invoice and any available information about your hire that may be needed by your funder. This will help make the process easier in the end.
14 Car Hire Companies To Remember For Your Next Trip:
So you don’t have to spend time exploring wheelchair accessible vehicle hire yourself, we’ve done the research for you. The companies listed below all offer this type of vehicle.
Great for travelling with a group, AAB Rentals will help deliver you to your destination. This company can cater for up to 6 wheelchair seated passengers and offers rental across Australia.
Brazier Mobility specialises in converting and hiring vehicles suitable for wheelchairs. Available for hire are a series of small capacity and commuter bus vehicles, suitable for every need. Brazier Mobility are based in South Australia.
Disability Hire Vehicles is a Sydney based business that offers an array of disability converted vehicles. These range in sizes from a mini panel van to mini-van and mini-bus, catering for all capacity requirements.
Looking for wheelchair accessible vehicle hire you can actually book online? Visit Europcar to access its range of Kia Grand Carnival WAV’s for hire at locations across Australia.
GoGet is an Australian rideshare platform, helping people travel from A to B around the country. It currently offers WAV bookings via a smartphone app for the North Shore area of Sydney only.
Freedom Motors primarily works in converting vehicles for accessibility, however, it also offers WAV’s for hire in the Sydney area. You can be picked up and returned from St Mary’s, which is about 40KM from Sydney CBD; alternatively, you can opt for a pickup/drop off at an additional fee.
Hertz wheelchair friendly vehicles can be hired from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast and offer online bookings. That way you can spend more time exploring!
In Western Australia, you can hire WAV’s from Hire Mobility, which provides a variety of WAV’s that can seat up to 8 people.
If you are in need of car hire in Queensland, visit Nation Wide Mobility Vehicles for an extensive range of wheelchair accessible cars in many sizes.
Uber is a rideshare service available around Australia that you book via a smartphone app, that has a great number of drivers equipped with wheelchair accessible vehicles. The company supports wheelchair passengers by ensuring all drivers are certified to help these passengers safely enter and exit the vehicle.
If you are in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra, Wheelaway has a variety of small and large vehicles to suit your needs.
12. Wheel Easy
Wheel Easy is located in Perth and offers WAV’s equipped for both wheelchair users who self-drive and passengers who use wheelchairs.
Looking for a vehicle capable of a long-distance adventure? Wheelie Campers provide wheelchair accessible camper vans for hire, allowing you to get the full road-trip experience with the comfort of a hotel. Their camper vans feature a kitchen, air conditioner, toilet, TV, wheelchair hoist, GPS and safe tie-down points.
Wheelies service area caters for individuals based in Adelaide and Hobart, as well as Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Wheelies can offer car hire to suit multiple wheelchairs.
Looking For A Converted Hire Car?
Although the market for converted hire cars is narrow, you can hire one from Disability Hire Vehicles. Available here is a station wagon that has options for hand controls, a left foot accelerator and/or a Wymo wheelchair roof hoist.