Vehicle Modifications: Major vs. Minor and What It Means For You

Mobility vehicles are essential for increasing quality of life. For people living with disabilities and their families, they provide access to the whole wide world outside of the home. However, safety and security are of the utmost importance, and must be promoted at all times on the road.

Before disability vehicles can be useful, they often need major or minor vehicle modifications. This article investigates the difference between major and minor vehicle modifications, and what they mean for you and your family.

Auto Extras are Brisbane’s go-to modifier for mobility vehicles. If you’re after comprehensive mobility solutions, from major to minor modifications, get in touch with our expert team.

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Major Vehicle Modifications

Major vehicle modifications define extensive modifications to disability vehicles. More extensive modifications are required to support more serious disabilities, and can include:

  • Aids to help you drive, like steering aids, left-foot accelerators, and custom hand controls
  • Transfer aids, including hoists, ramps, and lifts, and other highly technical moving solutions
  • Wheelchair stowage and conversions, including low floor conversions

As major modifications are extensive, they often take significantly longer to complete. Vehicle downtime can be anywhere between one month and several months, depending on the parts that are needed and availability. Get in touch with Auto Extras for specific information about modification times.

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Minor Vehicle Modifications 

Minor vehicle modifications are less extensive than major inclusions. These modifications are focused on supporting day-to-day driving safety for passengers and drivers, and can include:

  • Mobility modifications, like grab bars, and swivel seats
  • Postural support systems for car seats
  • Increased safety features, like extended and additional

Minor vehicle modifications are less extensive and require less downtime, around a few weeks, depending on availability. Exact waiting times are dependent on what you require, so be sure to contact Auto Extras.

Before you get your vehicle modified

Outfitting a vehicle to support a disability is a great step towards personal independence. However, there are several steps you should follow before you make a final decision on how you want your modified disability vehicle to function.

  1. Contact an occupational therapist for advice on the vehicle modifications you need to drive and travel.
  2. Research if you are eligible for funding through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
  3. Visit the Department of Transport and Main Roads within your state to see where your modifications fall under the legislation, and see if you need to apply for special modifications.

If you aren’t sure exactly what you need to modify your vehicle, contact our friendly team at Auto Extras. We are here to offer you expert advice and custom solutions to help you get on the road.

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At Auto Extras, we know how important mobility is for people living with disabilities. We have been outfitting commercial and personal mobility vehicles for decades, and know exactly what it takes to get you where you need to be.

We take pride in getting to know our clients. Before we pick up the tools, we take the time to understand your specific situation and requirements. Then, we used industry-leading technology and skilled workmanship to produce results that last, allowing you to get out and enjoy your life.

Get in touch with our expert team today, or read more about how we can help you provide customised, functional solutions for your mobility vehicles.