You’ll find that the installation for MPS-Monarch is always a permanent fitting and the hand controls require modifications to the car’s structure.
There are three different types of fittings, there are portable, permanent and semi-permanent. Each one costs a different amount (aside from portable as it’s self-installed) and depending on the type of fitting and model of hand control will dictates the costs of installation.
One thing I think is really important to point out right from the outset. Please do not fall for exorbitant installation of equipment prices because a ‘professional’ told you so.
Disabled car equipment dealerships are just out there to make money, like everyone else, and don’t think for a second that they won’t work their ‘magic’ on you just like a second hand car dealership would.
I get asked a lot how much it costs to install Monarch MPS hand controls and the invariable truth is that it’s different based on the rate and installation time. Now back in the day it used to be more than possible for just 2 hours to fit permanent push/pull or push/rock hand controls at around 80 dollars an hour.
Nowadays I get reports stating that it costs 3-5 hours and costs up to 100 dollars an hour. As you can see there’s substantial variation across the market.
Unfortunately nowadays finding which models is right for you shouldn’t be at the forefront of your mind. Finding the right price should be, because incredible price hikes can occur when profit is smelled (all at the expense of the disabled drivers of course).
My advice for permanently installed Monarch/MPS hand controls (by the way they’re almost all permanent but you’ll be informed of what yours is specifically. We recommend semi or fully permanent) is to spend a lot of time doing your research to find the best prices.
Before you go out to see any mechanics or disabled driver dealerships the first thing you should do is give them a call and gauge their prices. Are those all their costs or are there other surcharges which haven’t been included in what you’ve been quoted.
Hand Control Installation Questions:
- How many hours for which different model of hand controls, does it vary on the vehicle, is it a fixed price or subject to change based on different factors? If so, what are they?
- What is the standard rate – is it variable or different based on specific days? Does booking ahead reduce the cost?
Doing a good old ring around to locate an honest dealership is an important factor, but once you’ve constructed a short list of the places you think are the best it’s time to do online research.
The best thing to do is to Google search ‘Dealership name/location reviews’ and try and get as much valuable information as you can.
Asking disabled friends for where they got their disabled driving equipment is incredibly useful because it allows you to get a far realer picture of what to expect.
Their Different Models
You’ll generally find that there are really only four different types of hand control you should be interested in. It’s also definitely worth checking out MPS Monarch Reviews for a comparison against other products.
There are their push pull models which require permanent installation by a mechanic and don’t have mechanical linkage.
Then you’ll find they have push rock designs which are operated by pushing to brake and ‘rocking’ backwards towards the driver. This too is without mechanical linkage assistance.
On the other hand the Monarch Mark 1A Right Angle Hand control is mechanically assisted which makes operating it far easier. It’s similar to the push pull model which has to be pulled down at a 90 degree angle to accelerate and pushed forward horizontally to brake.
Finally there’s the Brake only control which is designed for those who are strong enough to use the accelerator but not the brake. Just remember that if you have a degenerative disease which means that you’ll probably need a full set after awhile it is possible to install the other acceleration ‘half’ without needing to buy an entire new set.
Our Summary on MPS Monarch Installations
You’ll find that installing these permanent hand controls is generally cheaper than Menox or Veigel. But don’t think that it’s going to be cheap because it can end up costing a small but significant fraction of the actual model itself.
The most important thing is to look around for good deals and negotiate when you smell someone trying to profit from your disability.