Although purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle can be expensive, your QAP-accredited NMEDA dealer can guide you to special funding and financing programs that may benefit you. Below are a few general options to research:
- State/Provincial Agencies – Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation program. These are state funded programs that assist disabled individuals in getting back into or remaining in the workplace. In many cases, state VRs provide funding for vehicle modifications. Check with your local mobility dealer to help find programs and third-party funders in your area.
- Department of Veterans Affairs – If you are a disabled veteran or servicemember, you may qualify for financial assistance. For more information visit prosthetics.va.gov/psas/AAE.asp, or contact your local VA Office.
- Charitable Organizations/Churches – The options here can be extensive. Research what is available in your local market.
- Mobility Rebate Programs – Several OEM manufacturers (GM, Ford, Toyota, etc.) provide rebates to purchasers of new vehicles that require modifications for disabilities. Before you purchase a new vehicle for modifications, inquire with your NMEDA dealer about applicable rebates or visit our rebates page.
- Special Finance Programs – A variety of programs are available for financing mobility vehicles including loans with extended terms, leasing packages, and more. Please ask your local NMEDA dealer for more information about special financing programs offered.
- Fundraising – Contact all the people in your life and turn your need for a mobility solution into an outlet for socializing and creativity that can bring your whole community together. Get local news agencies involved by explaining what you’re trying to do and ask if they’d be interested in covering your story.
- Public Assistance – Depending on your disability and if you are on Social Security, you may be eligible for the PASS program. The Social Security website also contains information to help you find out if you qualify for other disability benefits.
- Grants – There are organizations for different disabilities that provide information, support, and resources to help assist those with specific conditions. For example, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society might help if you have MS or United Cerebral Palsy may be able to help if you have CP. Reach out to the local chapter and see if they can help provide assistance or guidance.