Wheelchair accessible vehicles and adaptive equipment prices can run from $5,000 to $60,000+. Thankfully there are ways to help pare that down to an affordable figure. Disability grants and loans, government assistance and other help is available. You can even use multiple sources.

State Agencies – Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation Dept. Some provide funding for vehicle modifications. Phone numbers for state, federal and county agencies are in your local phone book or Google (your state) (+) “vocational rehabilitation” or “human services,” etc.

County – Social service or human services programs may assist in financing.

Veterans Administration – The VA funds adaptive equipment for qualifying veterans. Visit www.va.gov/about_va/ or call 202-273-7124.

Charitable Organizations/Churches – Philanthropy organizations are extensive, from MS Society to Easter Seals to Elks, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and more. Check with your local organizations.

Mobility Rebate Programs – Many leading vehicle manufacturers offer rebates for those that require modifications for disabilities. Ask your NMEDA dealership or search online.

Bank Financing – More and more banks and financing companies will work with you and the dealer to finance the vehicle with no down payment and up to 10 years to pay off the loan.

Your insurance or workman’s compensation policies may pay for vehicle adaptation.

Medicare will pay for adaptive equipment in certain instances. Call 1-800-MEDICARE.

To look for used (previously enjoyed) vehicles or equipment, check the classified ads. But also call or visit local nursing or assisted-living homes, Hospice, etc. and ask if they are planning on selling any of their accessible vehicles or equipment.

A doctor’s prescription may exempt your purchase from sales tax. You may also qualify for income tax credits at income tax time.

Need more info? Google: handicapped funding.

All tolled, your research could have a significant impact on the final cost of your accessible vehicle and equipment. No matter how you secure funding, it is always a good practice to work with a NMEDA dealer for a new or used vehicle that is customized to fit your particular needs.

This mobility safety update has been brought to you by NMEDA – the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. Need some information on how to make your vehicle wheelchair accessible or upgraded with the latest and most convenient features? Contact a NMEDA dealer in your local area. Your local NMEDA member is a mobility equipment and accessibility expert!

35 responses to “Funding Resources for Accessible Vehicles & Adaptive Equipment

  1. Hello, I’m a patient with MS and I’m looking to get some type of funding/grant to help pay for a wheelchair accessible ramp and also a vehicle that would be able to lift an electric wheelchair. Thank you for your help.

    1. Hi,
      Did you find your resources. I am looking for a grant, loan, or mixture of the two for an accessible vechicle.
      Lisa mardis
      Birmingham alabama

  2. looking for Assistance to acquire Step left for big rig truck and go back to work $5,100 please help

  3. hello, I was gave this website to see if you or one of the organization can help me and my husband purchase a handicap van. my husband survived 3 strokes in 4 hours in Jan 2014, he spent 6 months in hospitals and rehab centers. on july 2014 he was able to come home. we go to doctor appointments every month and therapy 2 times a week plus grocery etc. we can not afford to purchase a van they are way to high. we are on his ssdi fixed income. he requires 24.7 care, so I quit my job to take care of him. so money is tight. any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

  4. I’m looking for a way to get my car back on the road and I was wondering if there was anyone that could help me with that reg/insurance. I have doctors appointments and i get tired of borrowing cars to get there i am a diabetic type two on ssi do not get much have to pay the rent takes all and i have a 6 yr old daughter.

    Thank You

  5. I have C.P. and need a car that is adapted with hand controls and can take my wheel chair, walker and service animal. I will be graduating high school early (this January2016) and will be heading to college. I live in a single parent foster home in rule NH and our only means of transportation is privet vehicle, my foster mom works full time so it is very important for me to have my own vehicle so I can work and go to college.
    thank you for any help you can point us to
    Alex

  6. (from my foster son)
    I have C.P. and need a car that is adapted with hand controls and can take my wheel chair, walker and service animal. I will be graduating high school early (this January2016) and will be heading to college. I live in a single parent foster home in rule NH and our only means of transportation is privet vehicle, my foster mom works full time so it is very important for me to have my own vehicle so I can work and go to college.
    thank you for any help you can point us to
    Alex

  7. I am in desperate need of wheelchair accessible transportation. I may be able to qualify for a small loan with no down payment but I cant find anything dependable. Im in NW Ga. Please help.

  8. My daughter recently found out her son has cerebral palsy and is blind. She is a single mom. She had to give up her job to be able to care for her son. We live in a small town. The neurologist he visits is four and half hours away. She does not have a vehicle. Any help would be appreciated. Please feel free to contact me, and I will give her information. She can provide all documentation. She is also struggling to make ends meet with her landlord, she just received an eviction notice.
    Thanks

  9. IF you have any information for getting a grant to finish paying off my Disability Van I would sure appreciate the information, After three years of payments of $859.63 a month I could sure use the help. I recieve $803.00 from the Social Security and I do not know what I recieve from the V A I think that it is around $4400 a month my wife pays the bills so I can not say for sure I am guessing. All I know is that I do not have enough money for groceris for a month.

  10. Please help me im mentally disabled with kids homeless need help went to hotel they gave out my info yo my abuser. 702-824-0329

  11. I have a same probleme as Larry. When we visite that webside they dont say how to apply for grant and were to find the forms.

  12. I have a child that is 23 years old she has cp I was to that you might can help me get transportation for my daughter we have no way of going I have to ask people to take her to the doctor or anywhere els I need help bad

  13. My family is in need of a full size wheelchair accessible van. My father and I are both disabled. I’m not sure if you can help but we do have a gofundme page. All the info is there. There’s also the possibility of rebuilding our “dead” van which needs a new motor and wheels amoung other things. If anything, if you could direct u towards any other organizations that could potentially help, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for reading. https://www.gofundme.com/wheelsforsara

  14. I am in need of help with a van with a lift so my 22year old son with muscular dystorphy can get around.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      Visit the Dealer Locator here to find a NMEDA dealer near you. They will guide you through the process of purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

    1. Hi Walter,

      Visit the Dealer Locator here to find a NMEDA dealer near you. They will guide you through the process in purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

  15. I am in need of a wheelchair accessible vehicle/van. I have multiple sclerosis and currently I do not have a vehicle and no way to get around town to shop, pay bills or especially my doctor appointments. As my only income is SSI I do not have any extra money for a vehicle at all, let alone an assistive one, please help??!!

    1. Hi Candy,

      Visit the Dealer Locator here to find a NMEDA dealer near you. They will guide you through the process in financing a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

  16. Looking for help funding an handicap for ♿ we have problem with our old one repairs on it will cost as much as an new one

  17. I am a senior citizen with multiple disabilities. I also have a grand who is also dependent on me. I work three days a week and it takes a lot of my time with pain issues as my job is a long way from my home. the ride on the bus is exhausting and as a result I have some setbacks with my health. I also have equipment that I take to and from my job. I am looking for a vehicle that is up off the ground as it is not easy for me to get in and out of a vehicle. Please forward me information that will enable me to purchase transportation to get to work and my doctors appointments. I’m trying to take the stress off of my left leg that may have to be amputated.Sincerely, Jae Sheard

  18. My name is Cindy my husband requires help 24/7 he just received a mobility scooter. Problem is our jeep needs a new fuel pump and needs to have a hitch installed as well as a carrier for the scooter. We have a very limited income and are looking for assistance with this matter.

  19. My fiance was in accident that left him permanently paralyzed after being in a hospital a year straight fighting for his life I am trying to get help getting him a handicap accessible van for appts and family functions any help or support would be greatly appreciated Scott has a go fund me page donate van for scott

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