When it comes to the costs involved for disabled drivers buying hand controls for their cars there are a number of costs you need to consider aside from just the price of the controls. Find out more below.
Now firstly the cost of this type of disability car equipment varies quite substantially, but at the lower end of the price range you should be able to purchase a set in second hand condition from owners of MPS/MPD manufactured devices. These will cost around 200 dollars and although they won’t be looking particularly pretty they’ll still be able to do their job. If you want similar designs but brand new then Monarch/MPD are the companies which most people go for. They provide decent models at reasonable prices – around 300-450 dollars. If you want GuidoSimplex designs for more specific ailments such as if you can still use one leg and just want a brake or acceleration only device then you’re looking at around 650 dollars. If you want the ‘best’ in the business then you’ll want to take a look at either Veigel or Menox and these are going to set you back around 2000 dollars. Most people tend to go for first hand MPS/MPD sets because they’re a compromise between being able to get the job done at a reasonable price.
The next thing to consider is whether you want your controls to be portable, meaning that anyone with little or no car knowledge can quickly attach or remove them with little prior knowledge. The help for these is usually in the form of an instruction manual; these are easy to follow and generally shouldn’t pose any problems. Generally this type is cheaper than permanently installed ones but like most things there are advantages and disadvantages and it really depends on your situation as to pick what you want to choose.
Next you need to find out how much it costs for insurance because premiums for disabled drivers can sometimes but a little high. Some countries may not actually allow you to drive if they think your condition is serious enough. However in the United States there are anti-discrimination laws and essentially if you can pass the driving test like everyone else you’re allowed to drive. Yes, you can use your disability driving controls for this test of course!
The best thing to do if you want to find out the best price for insurance is to do a ring around of all the different companies asking for a quote. The chances are they’ll ask for your condition as well as if you’ve used hand controls before, previous accidents and all the other usual information.
If you’re looking for the cheapest method of driving as a disabled person than the best option is to add your disabled insurance onto that of an existing vehicle someone else uses. You use the portable hand controls which are the cheapest and allow non-disabled people to drive the vehicle as well. Finally you check using price comparison websites in conjunction with ringing up difference places and asking for quotes (and negotiating) until you find the cheapest price possible.