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How to prepare for a WAV demonstration

A Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) demonstration will consist of a number of different things including a test drive and being shown how all the features of the WAV work such as ramps, lifts and wheelchair tie downs.


Customer experience tells us that there’s nothing like having a demonstration to see how one WAV compares to another. WAV suppliers will bring a demonstration vehicle to your home for you to try but there is no obligation, and you should not feel under any pressure. You need to make sure that you find a WAV that is right for your needs and that you can feel comfortable in. If the WAV you are testing does not feel right, trust your instincts and say so. Take your time during your demonstration so that you’re able to get to grips with everything that you’re going to need to know about a vehicle.

If you’re thinking about a Nearly New WAV , it’s unlikely that your WAV supplier will be able to bring the exact model for you to test. But it’s still important that you test one as similar as possible to check how suitable it is.

To give you an idea of what to expect during a demonstration we have put together a checklist of the things the WAV supplier will go through with you Will download a resource(PDF 102KB) . You may also find it useful to consider the following to help prepare for a demonstration:

Involve the people you travel with

  • Bring the people you regularly travel with to the test drive with you.
  • Your carer must be happy helping you into the vehicle, securing your wheelchair and driving.

Try the WAV where you will use it

  • During your demonstration visit places and drive on roads you usually would, you want to see if the WAV will fit with your day-to-day life.
  • Get your driver to practice parking and make sure they have clear visibility when you’re secured in your wheelchair.

Take your equipment

  • If you normally travel with luggage or equipment then take it to your demonstration so you can check you have enough space.

Load and unload

  • You and your carer should practice getting in and out and loading everything a few times.
  • This will help you figure out if you need any extra features to help you get up the ramp in your wheelchair and into position.

Practice using the features

  • Your WAV supplier will demonstrate how all the features of a WAV work.
  • Practice these yourself to check you’re comfortable and confident with them.

Think of the future

  • Consider whether your needs might change during your lease – could you need a bigger wheelchair that will impact on the size of WAV you need?
  • Think about whether you might need additional seating in the future for extra passengers. 

Once you've found the WAV that's right for you, your WAV supplier will go through a Statement of responsibilities and suitability confirmation form Will download a resource(PDF 118KB) with you. This questionnaire will check that the WAV you’re considering, and the Motability Scheme, meets your needs now and for the duration of your lease. Your new WAV will be an important part of your life for years to come.

How to find the right WAV for you

Different types of WAV available

Features of a WAV