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Automatic Wheelchair Locking Devices

What Is an Automatic Wheelchair Locking Device?

QStraint Wheelchair Locking System

Automatic wheelchair locking devices are products designed to secure an occupied wheelchair during transport. What makes them automatic is that the wheelchair user only needs to move the chair into position for the locking device to engage. When it is time to release, the push of a button disengages the lock, and the wheelchair user can then easily exit the vehicle.

Compare this to manual or retractable tie-down straps. For strap systems, each of the four straps must be placed on the wheelchair and tightened down individually by hand. The person doing this usually needs to get down on the floor and reach over or behind the wheelchair to make this happen, which can be challenging and tedious–especially if it needs to be done several times a day!

What Are the Components of an Automatic Wheelchair Locking Device?

QStraint Wheelchair Locking System

QStraint Wheelchair Locking System

EZ Lock Bracket

EZ Lock Bracket

EZ Lock Floor Mount

EZ Lock Floor Mount

An automatic wheelchair locking device, such as those manufactured by EZ Lock or QStraint, has two primary parts: a bracket and a floor mount.

The bracket is a pin or bolt-like piece that is attached to the bottom of a wheelchair. The floor mount is a “box” that is bolted to the floor of the wheelchair van. The bolt then slides into the v-shaped slot in the floor mount, and the lock snaps onto the bracket.

In addition, there is a control switch typically mounted on the dashboard of the vehicle that lets the user release the lock when exiting the wheelchair van.

Summary
Automatic wheelchair locking devices are popular because they make the tedious chore of securing a wheelchair not only easier, but also more “accurate.” While automatic wheelchair locking devices are more expensive, our customers who use them will tell you that they are a good investment because of their convenience.

Are You Looking to Sell Your Used Wheelchair Van?

We Buy Used Wheelchair VansWhether you’re upgrading to a new wheelchair van or no longer need the one you currently have, you should know that VCI Mobility is always looking to buy good-condition used lift- or ramp-equipped wheelchair vans. VCI Mobility will help make the process of selling your vehicle a convenient, efficient, and hassle-free experience.

How Does the Process Work?

If you’re interested in selling your used wheelchair van, just give us a call! In many cases, we can give an estimate over the phone based on your vehicle’s year, make, model, mileage, and wheelchair-accessible conversion type.

We will make a final price offer after we’ve had the chance to inspect your wheelchair van and have our in-house technicians evaluate it more thoroughly.

The VCI Mobility Consignment Program — An Alternate Way to Sell Your Wheelchair Van

As an alternate way to sell your wheelchair van, VCI Mobility also offers an excellent consignment program. Within the VCI Mobility Consignment Program, your vehicle is placed on our lot and is shown to consumers by our Professional Sales Representatives. Within the consignment program, you continue to maintain ownership of your accessible vehicle until it is sold. At the time that your vehicle is sold, a consignment fee is paid to VCI Mobility from the proceeds of the vehicle sale.

Please note that a stipulation of the VCI Mobility Consignment Program is that you will be responsible for any repairs or modifications, vehicle detailing, etc., that may be required in order to bring your vehicle to an optimal selling condition.

How Do You Start?

If you’d like to consider selling your wheelchair van to VCI Mobility – or working with us through our consignment program – please fill out our online form or contact Tim Liebig at 610-666-7724.

Simulated Driver Testing and On-Road Training is Available

Overcoming a Traumatic Injury or a Disabling Medical Condition is Compounded with the Loss of Driving Capabilities. Programs are Available That Assess Whether Driving Hand Controls Can be Used — and Help to Get a Patient Back on the Road.

Think about how many times you use your car in a week — and then imagine that it’s gone. You suddenly find yourself needing to rely on friends and family every time you need to go to the store or to run a simple errand. For people who have suffered a disabling event in their lives and can no longer use their vehicle, this is the reality they must face every day.

DTS Driver Traing SimulatorFortunately for many of our clients, there are dedicated physical therapists and driver-rehabilitation specialists that are trained to help people with getting back their independence. One of the many tools being used in rehab training is the use of a driver simulator that specialists use to train patients on the use of hand controls. After the simulator training is completed, they will then decide if the person can continue with an on-road assessment with a specially fitted car that has hand control equipment installed. Once a program is completed and the referring physician approves of the specialist’s adaptive equipment recommendations, hand controls and other sophisticated devices can be installed on almost any type of vehicle to make that happen.

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Mobility Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycle

Mobility Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycle Gains National Media Attention and Biker Applause at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show in Cleveland.

Motorcycle Hauling Minivan Just as Big a Hit with Show Attendees

Cycle World Cleveland IX Center Crowd

Thousands motorcycle enthusiasts visited the Cleveland IX Center this past weekend for the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show. MobilityWorks’ Akron Store featured The Mobility Conquest, their new wheelchair accessible trike designed for paraplegic bikers that want to continue riding. The Conquest was considered by many to be the most unique bike on display at the show. The consumer exhibit debut for the Conquest was met with rousing attendee interest and media attention, including coverage on CNN and the local ABC affiliate, News Channel 5.

Conquest Wheelchair Motorcycles for Paraplegic Riders

A show attendee in a wheelchair tries out The Conquest hand controls.

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MobilityWorks Opens New Location in Skokie, IL

MobilityWorks has added a new sales, service and rental location in the northern Chicago area with the opening of a wheelchair vans mobility center in Skokie, IL. The location makes a total of three centers for MobilityWorks of Chicago, with two other existing stores already open in Villa Park, IL and Plainfield, IL.

Wheelchair Van Sales, Scooter Lifts, Mobility Consulting and Van Rentals

The Skokie IL location provides residents in Northern half of Chicago metro with a mobility resource center closer to their area. Existing MobilityWorks clients (and former Midwest Mobility customers) will now have three different options to choose from, depending on where they live or work to have their van serviced.

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