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car conversions & equipment research the key to car conversions Buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle is a big investment so it pays Of course comfort is another important factor to consider – both to do your research in advance. Link for the driver and passengers.” Conversion for his advice. Nick said the amount of headroom asked Nick Kotsonis from Norden With some converted vehicles the wheelchair may sit above the standard seats meaning the occupant will have less headroom. available for the wheelchair families who wanted a smaller “The most important thing to occupant was another important vehicle that still drives like a consider when purchasing a consideration. car, but has the capacity to be wheelchair accessible vehicle is converted for wheelchair access. making sure you end up with a “With some converted vehicles product that meets your needs – the wheelchair may sit above “The vehicle is fully compliant with both now and in the future,” the standard seats meaning the all Australian Design Rules and says Nick. occupant will have less headroom. comes with the option for electric “Firstly, consider the height of the “Consider also storage options. systems. It is also designed to vehicle as many converted vehicles As the rear of a modified vehicle accommodate most manual and will be unsuitable for standard is typically occupied with a ramp automatic wheelchairs.“ underground carparks or garages. and wheelchair occupant, are there or standard wheelchair restraint alternative storage locations?” “Next think about the size of your The conversion comes standard with a modified tailgate and automatic family – how many people you will Nick said the Norden Converted suspension lowering system, which and could transport if needed. Caddy is an ideal option for lowers the ramp gradient making it easier to get in and out of the vehicle. There are manual and automatic ramps available. Established in 1959 and a market leader in vehicle conversions for nearly 30 years, Norden Conversion has traditionally specialised in disability transport for large community groups and organisations by utilising larger vehicles. “Through the changing needs and preferences of our customers we have added smaller vehicles to our list of competencies so we can develop vehicles that are tailored to individuals and families.” 28 car conversions & equipment