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Rear Entry vs Side Entry - Find Your Perfect Fit

Rear Entry vs. Side Entry: Choosing the Right Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle

Finding the perfect wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) is a big decision. There are many factors to consider, but a crucial first step is understanding the difference between rear-entry and side-entry conversions. Both offer unique advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice depends on your specific needs and lifestyle.

Ease of Entry and Exit

**Rear Entry:** Rear-entry WAVs offer a straightforward entry process. The user drives their wheelchair straight up a ramp deployed from the vehicle's rear. This is particularly convenient for those who can maneuver their chair independently. However, exiting may require reversing out, which can be challenging for some.

**Side Entry:** Side-entry WAVs deploy a ramp from the side sliding door. This can necessitate some maneuvering of the wheelchair to enter. However, exiting is typically easier as you simply roll forward off the ramp.

Passenger Capacity and Seating

**Rear Entry:** Rear-entry WAVs often have a more traditional seating layout, with options for multiple passengers and a wheelchair user. 

**Side Entry:** Side-entry WAVs offer greater flexibility in seating configurations. They can accommodate multiple wheelchair users and often allow the wheelchair passenger to occupy the front passenger seat or even drive the vehicle themselves, depending on the conversion.

Parking and Storage

**Rear Entry:** Rear-entry WAVs provide more parking versatility. The ramp extends from the back, allowing you to park in any standard accessible parking space.

**Side Entry:** Side-entry WAVs require extra space beside the vehicle for the ramp to deploy. This means you'll need to find accessible parking with enough room on the side or use disabled parking with enough room. They may also be less suitable for tight garages or parking situations.



 The best choice for you for you depends on your individual needs and preferences. Consider factors like how many passengers you typically transport, your comfort level maneuvering your wheelchair, and your typical parking situations. Be sure to research different WAV models and consult with a conversion specialist to find the perfect fit for you!


With the widest selection of Used Wavs in the UK Jubilee Automotive Groups expert advisors are here to help you select your perfect vehicle from our 250 adapted vehicles in stock. So if you are looking for a new Wav or even just need some advice or information on your vehicle search, the Jubilee WAV People advisors will be happy to help. Contact us on 0121 502 2252 or for more help and advice visit here

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