The Ultimate Checklist for Maintaining Your Wheelchair Accessible Car

Checklist for Maintaining Your Wheelchair Accessible Car | Able to Enable

You’ve just purchased your first Wheelchair Accessible Car from Able to Enable, opening up a whole new world of possibilities and freedom. Like any car, keeping it well cared for is important so you know you have a vehicle you can rely on to safely get you from A to B.

Our skilled team of Motability-accredited mechanics in-house ensure all of our vehicles are properly inspected before you drive away. This means 

that you can trust in the quality and reliability of your Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) from the get-go. 

However, ongoing maintenance is key to preserving the performance and longevity of all vehicles, including your new WAV. With this checklist, you’ll have all the tools you need to stay on top of maintenance tasks and ensure your WAV is road-ready for miles to come. 

If you have limited knowledge of vehicles or you find this physically difficult, it may be best to get help from a friend, family member or done professionally..


Top Tips for Wheelchair Accessible Car Maintenance

Whether you are running errands or commuting to work, you spend a lot of time in your car. So taking care of your car means your car will take care of you as well. 


Taking care of your wav is easy. Here are some simple steps to take.

1. Regularly Check Fluid Levels

  • Engine Oil: Check oil level once a month, or before any long trip and change as per manufacturer recommendations.
  • Coolant: Ensure the coolant level is adequate to prevent engine overheating.
  • Brake Fluid: Check brake fluid level and top up if necessary.
  • Transmission Fluid: Verify transmission fluid level as per manufacturer guidelines.

2. Monitor Tire Pressure

  • Check tyre pressure monthly and before long trips using a tyre pressure gauge.
  • Inflate tyres to the recommended pressure listed in your vehicle’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb.


Proper tyre pressure is critical for vehicles to ensure a stable and comfortable ride, especially given the additional weight from mobility equipment and modifications.

3. Maintain Cleanliness

  • Wash your car regularly to remove dirt, salt, and grime that can cause rust and damage to the paint.
  • Clean the interior to prevent the buildup of dust, debris, and mould.


You might want to think about using protective mats and seat covers to safeguard your vehicle’s flooring and seating from everyday wear and tear. This is especially important in high-traffic areas where wheelchairs might cause extra strain on the surfaces.

4. Inspect Lights and Signals

  • Regularly check headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights to ensure they are working properly.
  • Replace any bulbs that are burnt out or dim.

5. Keep an Eye on Belts and Restraint System

  • Inspect belts and restraints for signs of wear or damage, such as fraying.
  • Replace any belts or restraints  that show signs of deterioration.

6. Check Battery Health

  • Inspect the battery terminals for corrosion and clean them if necessary. If you have limited knowledge of vehicles or you find this physically difficult, it’s best to get this done professionally. 
  • Test the battery’s charge and consider replacing it if it’s old or weak.


Wheelchair Accessible Cars-accessible vehicles often put more strain on their batteries due to increased power demands. It’s important to regularly check the battery’s condition, especially if your WAV includes additional electrical features like power tie-downs.

7. Follow Maintenance Schedule

  • Adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule outlined in your owner’s manual.
  • Schedule regular inspections with a qualified mechanic.


This is particularly important for WAVs as seatbelts can be worn easily, as the modifications and adaptations may cause additional stress on seatbelt components. A seatbelt that has to keep a wheelchair in place is under more strain than if it was just securing a standard seat.

Professional Car Maintenance:

This step is crucial – make sure to schedule regular professional inspections and maintenance appointments with experienced technicians who ideally specialise in adaptive vehicles. Their expertise ensures a thorough evaluation of critical components, keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely.

Find your Perfect Wheelchair Accessible Car with Able to Enable

At Able to Enable, we have an extensive range of Wheelchair Accesible Vehicles at our showrooms in York and Harrogate. Here, you’ll find a diverse selection of vehicles equipped with top-notch adaptations, ensuring that each client can discover the perfect solution tailored to their specific mobility requirements. Our showrooms are designed to provide a comfortable and informative environment, allowing you to explore and experience firsthand the various options available.


We understand that getting to our showrooms can be a struggle for some, so we offer free, no-obligation home demonstrations in York, Harrogate, Leeds and all the surrounding areas. Our goal is to make our services more accessible and allow you to truly envision how your new adaptations will fit into your everyday life. 

Visit our showrooms in York and Harrogate to witness the possibilities and embark on a journey towards enhanced mobility and independence. Contact us if you have any further questions about our services and the products we offer. We are here to help!