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Please Remember Our Military Heroes on Memorial Day

Memorial Day is to honor and remember those who were killed while serving our country
Memorial Day is to honor and remember those who were killed while serving our country.

Memorial Day was set aside to remember those who died fighting for our country. It was first observed on May 30th in 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. But to me, Memorial Day is another day, another opportunity to remember not only heroes lost, but also to thank all those who served.

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From Humble Beginnings to Unlimited Possibilities

A Giant in the Mobility Industry Still Has A Small Town Feel

Monique McGivney, Guest Writer

Bill Koeblitz CEO MobilityWorks
“What we do is so wonderful. It’s such a privilege to be able to offer this service to our customers.” Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks President/CEO

In thirteen years, MobilityWorks has gone from a one location mobility equipment dealer with twelve employees to a multi-million dollar powerhouse. Now, with thirteen locations in seven states, over 200 employees, and the manufacturing of their own mobility solutions, MobilityWorks is a force to be reckoned with in the mobility industry.

When walking into the corporate headquarters of MobilityWorks in Akron, OH, you are not hit with a “corporate” feel. Their modest storefront and humble decor symbolizes their corporate culture which Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks CEO, describes as “High intensity, open, honest…brutally honest, communicative, fun, competitive and exciting.” Each of their thirteen locations (and growing) takes on the small town feel in which they reside, which makes MobilityWorks that much more notable; they stay true to their roots and their core values. Doug Eaton, VMI’s President and CEO has seen MobilityWorks’ incredible transformation and growth over the past decade. “VMI hand picks only the best mobility equipment dealers to represent our brand and our products and MobilityWorks has been a tremendous asset to VMI and to our customers. From the top down in their organization, MobilityWorks exemplifies everything that VMI stands for; treating our customers fairly and with respect.”

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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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