If you’re interested in the process of hand controls and their installation as well as the best different types of disabled car equipment then you’ve found what you’re looking for. Find out more below.
When it comes to putting the hand controls onto your car there are different procedures based on how they’re designed to be fitted. There are permanent, semi-permanent and portable variations each with different procedures.
- Permanent designs are usually the best in terms of suiting the needs of the disabled driver. They’re more comfortable and generally safer; the downside is that they cost more – both the product itself and installation.
- Semi-permanent models have two parts, the permanent installation area and the ‘action area’ which is connected to the permanent area. The permanent areas cannot be moved, however the action points such as the GuidoSimplex Acceleration Wheel can be take of very quickly. This allows a non disabled driver to be able to use the vehicle, whilst having the benefits of permanent controls and the ease of accessibility of temporary ones.
- Temporary designs are referred to as ‘portable’ or ‘mobile’ and there is one of the most common types of handicap hand control. They don’t require a mechanic to fit them as the above two do. Anyone who can locate where the floor pedals are, distinguish between acceleration and brakes and finally follow installation manuals will be able to add and remove these at will
It’s really important to understand the benefits and downsides to each of the three types, but I’d just like to begin by saying that in my opinion I think GuidoSimplex probably do the best job with semi-permanent installations. Permanent designs are by a lot of the main manufacturers, but specifically Menox and Veigel are well known for needing modifications to the car to be made in order for them to function.
If you’re looking to install advanced designs which do require car modifications than the procedure will almost definitely involved a disabled car dealership. What will happen is that they’ll show you their different products on offer, and you can try them out or go around different shops to find out which you prefer the best. After purchasing them you’ll almost certainly have them installed onto your car by them or people who are referred by them. This can either be inclusive in the cost, but in most cases you’ll have to pay a little extra. Depending on how complex or simple the hand controls for your car is determines how much it will cost.
If you do think that the costs for the installation of the handicap vehicle controls are exorbitant there’s no reason you definitely need to go with them. You do however need to do your homework and I would recommend ringing up the manufacturer to find out what’s the best course of action. Just remember that this isn’t like calling an outsourced Indian telephone helpline where the standard of English is poor and they haven’t been trained properly. The makers are generally quite small time businesses – definitely not large corporations, and you’ll find it very easy to be able to be able to communicate what it is you’re after.
But to summarize I do think it’s quite unlikely you’ll find unscrupulous people trying to rip you off – but make no bones about it, there’s big money to be made in handicap car equipment and people will most certainly go to extremes to make good money.