Devices and Deals for Your Next Set of Wheels
Is there car shopping in your future? Did you know that several Canadian automotive manufacturers offer financial assistance to help vehicle owners with some of the costs associated with adapting their newly purchased or leased vehicle to meet their needs? From hand and foot controls to steering devices and lifts, there are a wide range of driving supports that may be eligible for reimbursement.
Here’s a collection of programs to consider in your new vehicle search. If a vehicle manufacturer you’re considering isn’t on this list, you should still ask your dealer about any programs they might have. Several manufacturers do offer programs but may not have a dedicated section on their website with the details.
When purchasing or leasing a new Ford of Canada vehicle, you may be eligible to receive up to $1,000 towards the installation of adaptive driving aids or equipment. Find program details here.
General Motors of Canada
GM also offers people with disabilities a reimbursement of up to $1,000 towards the cost of adapting an eligible new Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac. Find program details here.
Chrysler Canada’s AutoAbility program offers cash reimbursements up to $750 on eligible new 2017, 2018 and 2019 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and Fiat vehicles from participating dealerships for the purchase of adaptive driving or passenger equipment. Find program details here.
To help cover the costs of installing adaptive driving aids or mobility assistance equipment, the Toyota Mobility Program offers up to a $1,000 allowance to physically challenged customers who acquire a new or eligible Toyota vehicle. Find program details here.
Volkswagen’s Mobility Discount provides up to $1,000 towards the purchase and installation of lift equipment, carriers, hand controls, pedal extensions or other assistance equipment on any eligible model. Find program details here.
Mazda offers eligible customers up to $750 toward the purchase and installation of adaptive driving aids or mobility assistance equipment. Find program details here.
The Subaru Mobility Assist program provides reimbursement of up to $750 for vehicle modifications or installation of devices required to assist customers with adapting their new Subaru vehicle due to medically recognized physical disabilities. Find program details here.
Keep in mind that Canadian citizens can also apply for a GST/HST Specially Equipped Motor Vehicle Rebate from Canada Revenue Agency to claim the GST paid on the purchase of a qualifying vehicle or a modification service performed on your vehicle. A qualifying vehicle means a vehicle which is equipped with a device designed exclusively to assist in placing a wheelchair in the vehicle without having to collapse the wheelchair, or with an auxiliary driving control to facilitate the operation of the vehicle by an individual with a disability. You can find the application form here.
The War Amp’s Licence to Drive booklet is a valuable tool to help you get answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding amputation and driving in Canada. You can find it here.