The Cost of Hand Controls for Disabled Drivers

This article will give you access to a brief but informative insight into the various costs regarding the different hand control models.  By ‘models’ I’m talking about the various manufacturer’s and their devices (such as MPS Monarch, GuidoSimplex and so forth – you can see them at the top of the page), the different installation methods (portable/transferable and permanent/fixed) and the array of technology used (hydraulic, mechanical and so forth).

Freedom Staff Hand Controls – Our most popular and highly recommended product.  The Freedom Staff handicap driving kit combines portability, functionality and price in the most efficient manner.  They’re one of the cheapest and yet most highly recommended portable hand controls.  I’ve never read any negative reviews of the Freedom Staff handicap driving hand controls and quite to the contrary the feedback has been immense.

TNT Hand Controls – In the past TNT’s portable hand controls were probably one of the most popular however they’ve somewhat failed to keep up with the times (go take a look at their website).  They’re similar to their competitors however they’re more expensive and ordering TNT driving controls can be difficult.  You need to go through their ‘website’ whereas for most other portable hand controls brands you can simply buy them of Amazon and get them delivered to your door.

PHC 3 Portable Hand Controls – The PHC iii Kit – the PHC 3 portable driving kit is one of the older portable hand control sets and you can tell this by the manufacturer’s website (WheelAbility).  They stock, ship and sell their portable hand controls kit within the United States for free and can ship it abroad too.  The PHC iii portable hand control is a little more expensive and offers no tangible benefit but is nevertheless popular for many.

AZ-1 Hand Controls – There are a few things about the AZ-1 portable hand controls set which makes it special.  Firstly the AZ-1 is constructed from plane-grade super lightweight aluminium meanings it’s both light and durable.  It’s highly adjustable (more so than its competitors) and be nearly completely folded away.  Finally it features a composite heat-proof grip which neither absorbs heat from the driver’s hand or when the car gets too hot.

If you’re confused about any of these terms (and it’s understandable because I spend all my time learning about them but it does occasionally occur to me that other people do not)

The Price of the Various Manufacturer’s Devices


Now I’ll start of by saying that there’ll be slight price variation depending on which disabled car shop you go to; however the prices are still very accurate.  These figures presented are a mixture of personal experience, scouring forums, calling up various shops and getting quoted prices and coming together with an average overall figure.

What’s interesting about all the various figures I’ve collected is that there’s no significant price variation, they tend to be very similar and only vary by perhaps 10 percent or 15 percent at the maximum.

An installed set of Menox hand controls are 2000 dollars, which is the same as Veigel (which makes sense because they’re incredibly similar in my opinion).  The most I’ve seen them being sold at is 2200 dollars and the lowest is 1900 dollars but the data I collected brought in an approximate figure of around 2000.

Permanent Fitted  Menox Hand Control

I suggest you read my page on the prices of hand controls for cars as it explains more about the money required for installation of permanent devices as well as other costs you probably didn’t know about.

Most of the regular hand controls for MPS Monarch and Mobility Products and Design are around 700 dollars including installation.  This applies to all of their products which use manual and mechanical linkage technology (which is almost all of them) – and not any of their more advanced designs.

MPS Monarch Right Angle Hand Control

These more ‘advanced’ designs tend to cost significantly more for only a slight increase in functionality so I wouldn’t usually recommend them.

These are permanent installations and I would suggest seeing our page on how cheap freedom staff portable hand controls are as a cheap and functional alternative.

The Distinction between Portable and Permanent Pricing


The difference is that portable devices cost a mere 250-300 dollars maximum and permanent devices start at around 600 dollars minimum and go up to around 2,000 (although some especially advanced ones can cost even more – but these are rarely used).

I would suggest looking into portable kits because the usability and technology has caught up in recently and is comparable with significantly more expensive models – people are now starting to make the switch.

Portable Freedom Staff Hand Controls

By and large people don’t want to lose a significant portion of their car’s value; permanent installations require big changes, and when you want to sell the car or remove the modifications it can scar the internal (and occasionally external) décor.  It may sound frivolous but if you have a chunk missing here and there it makes it look like you’re driving something which has gone through a minefield.

People want a device with a modest price which isn’t going to cost them a half a month’s salary; especially in the current economic climate (not that you probably want to hear anymore on that).

It’s worth checking out my page on the handicap hand controls for sale if you want to pick something out and read a little more information.

What’s the Best Option?


Now obviously this depends on the person but ultimately the question breaks down to what you want to get out of the driving controls and how much you’re willing to pay.

The general consensus is that for those with a more serious disability or a larger wallet will opt for permanent modifications to be made to their vehicle.  This is either because they need it or want it –those are two powerful calls to action.

Then there are people who are on a limited budget and more interest in casual driving, as well as those who want to share their car for regular and disabled use with a relative/friend.  In this case then out of necessity the significantly cheaper option is picked but considering the price reduction you don’t see a significant reduction in quality of driving or safety.

At this point you may have been fooled into thinking that most of the money you spend on disabled driving will be on the hand controls whereas in reality it will be on (potentially) disabled driving lessons, the installation, handicapped car equipment, insurance and tax.

It’s important to recognize that generally driving can cost at least a thousand dollars or potentially more once everything is added up.

This doesn’t mean you can’t reduce the costs involved, you can dramatically, but it’s just something I feel you need to be aware of.

I recently received an email from someone who was unaware of the additional equipment she’d need (for example a cover guard for the pedal to prevent accidental engagement)  and she had to wait another month before being in a secure financial position to make the purchases and get driving.

I’ve also had some very sad emails from people who desperately want to drive but simply do not have the money (and very few ways of earning money) to undergo the necessary preparations.

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