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Why your Conversion Van needs a Spring Check-up

A wheelchair accessible van is the greatest form of transportation and freedom.  There are many reasons why maintaining the functionality of the wheelchair ramp and all of its internal mechanics is so important, especially after the wet winter months.  Our United Access service technicians recommend a seasonal preventative maintenance inspection to keep your conversion van running efficiently.  During this inspection, the service team at your local United Access makes sure that everything is in operational order.

When our service team completes a spring check-up, they look at your vehicle for any signs of wear and tear.  The technician goes through an all-inclusive inspection list to ensure that your conversion is in top-notch shape.  The air pressure check on your tires is very important for a wheelchair van.  The weight of a power wheelchair directly affects the amount of air in your car’s tire.  Additionally, we suggest that the you have your tires are rotated every time your oil is changed.  The ramp inspection section of a spring check-up is vital, since the ramp comes out multiple times a day.  Whether the ramp is in-floor or folding, the maintenance of the motor and door is essential so that you never have problems getting in or out of the vehicle.  The service department will not only look at your van’s ramp, but also vacuum the van’s interior.  Finally, the most important elements of the spring inspection include cleaning the floor tracks, testing the battery, checking the bolts on the ramp, and inspecting the motor.  Before returning your vehicle to you, the service technician will clean and lubricate the parts of the ramp and conversion motor.  With the spring season right around the corner, this is an ideal time to book your service appointment.  United Access has locations across the nation with the most experienced service technicians.  Once you complete your spring inspection, you can travel worry free throughout the warmer seasons to your favorite destinations.

Spring Inspection Reminder

 

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Performance Mobility and United Access Unify to Form Premier Mobility Dealer

Performance Mobility, a recognized, industry-leading provider of wheelchair vans and scooter lifts for individuals with physical disabilities, has been purchased by United Access.  This marks a significant milestone in the growing mobility industry as two of the largest dealerships combine forces, bringing United Access to a total of twenty six locations across the nation.

Performance Mobility is now part of United Access’ expansion to serve a much larger community with handicapped accessible vans and automotive wheelchair lifts, and equipment.  United Access is a company with a 20-year reputation for excellence in customer service and expertise in mobility products. United Access carries a full line of mobility brands and specializes in the BraunAbility and Vantage Mobility International conversions of wheelchair accessible vans.  Richard May, the President of United Access put out this statement:

 “Part of our decision to partner with Performance Mobility was based on our deep respect for the company’s people and culture. Twenty years under the United Access banner has taught us many things, but the most important lesson we’ve learned is that sticking to the clear, simple goal of providing the best customer service, period, has earned us endless opportunities to give people the gift of freedom and independence. As we continue to grow, we’ll keep providing more opportunities for internal development and personal growth. In short, we are surely stronger together.”

The combined company will continue operating under the name Performance Mobility.  Over the next year, Performance Mobility and United Access will be working together as one and will continue providing outstanding customer service to our customers as this new chapter begins in 2017.

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Bingo Fundraiser for Ms. Wheelchair America

Performance Mobility Salt Lake City is announcing the Benefit for Ms. Wheelchair America. Performance Mobility is a recognized leader in the Wheelchair Accessible Vans and Scooter Lifts for individuals with physical disabilities. The Bingo Fundraiser is going to be raising money for Ms. Wheelchair America. The brand New VMI Chrysler Pacifica has arrived in Salt Lake City. Come test drive the VMI Chrysler Pacifica today!

The Salt Lake City store is having the first ever Bingo Fundraiser for Ms. Wheelchair America. The evening will be filled with family fun raising money for a great cause, Ms. Wheelchair America. Ms. Wheelchair America, Eliza McIntosh has an important mission in her role. Her platform is to travel across the country as a spokesperson representing the disabled community. Eliza McIntosh will be at the Bingo Fundraiser so you will have a chance to meet her in person. The Bingo Fundraiser will help make this possible with the funds collected from Bingo!

The Bingo Fundraiser is at the Performance Mobility Salt Lake City, Utah location. It is on January 27th from 6 pm – 8 pm at 9082 S 300 West, Sandy, Utah, 84070. There will be light snacks and beverages to enjoy plus a silent auction with amazing prizes to win!

Performance Mobility Team hopes to see you at the Bingo Fundraiser for Ms. Wheelchair America on January 27th, 2017.

Performance Mobility Bingo Benefit for Ms. Wheelchair America in Salt Lake City

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McNeil Automotive and Angels Hands Foundation Donate Van

Tonya and Robert from the Salt Lake City store, were part of an amazing day. The community came together to honor a very special family on Saturday. Ashlee Christensen, Deb Harper, McNeil Automotive and Angels Hands Foundation all came together donating a wheelchair accessible van for the Bleyl family. Performance Mobility was honored to be apart of the exciting event!

McNeil Automotive and Angels Hands Foundation Van Donation

McNeil Automotive and Angels Hands Foundation donate van to Bleyl family

 

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Driving To Excel Event

Driving to Excel was such an amazing event hosted by Barrow Neurological Connection and Bondurant School of High Performance Driving! All participants first got a classroom session to better understand how to drive and control the racecars. They then went out to the skills pad and got to drive a racecar with one of their professional drivers/instructors. The Bondurant School put hand controls in two of the Dodge Challengers for people who can’t use the foot pedals.  This was a special experience for Madison Powers, Phoenix marketing representative, who got the experience of driving a racecar!  Every participant got a chance to drive,  they were off to the track to get their helmets fitted and get in line to ride a “Hot Lap” with a professional driver on the track. The drivers did not hesitate to show off their skills and take the participants for a ride of a lifetime! After the “hot lap”, everyone enjoyed a delicious Paella dinner prepared by Chef JJ Elsner. There was also a silent auction participants could take part in including a pontoon rental for a day at Barlett Lake Marina, Christmas baskets, jewelry, among other things.  It was a very exciting time for all.  Madison is looking  forward to getting more of our customers out to do it again next year!

Madison Powers at Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

Madison Powers at Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

 

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VMI Chrysler Pacifica has Arrived!

Performance Mobility is excited to announce the arrival of the newest vehicle in the market, the VMI Chrysler Pacifica. The Chrysler Pacifica with a VMI conversion has arrived at the Colorado Springs location with more to arrive soon at other Performance Mobility stores. The VMI Chrysler Pacifica is an exciting new product that provides a choice in wheelchair accessible vehicles. The VMI Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair van has the VMI Access 360 maneuverability in the interior of the vehicle. The great amount of interior room offers for large power chairs to maneuver with ease. The VMI Chrysler Pacifica has interchangeable seats which allows the driver and passenger to switch at any time. The Chrysler Pacifica is efficient with its many technological features and has an extremely stylish exterior. The new 15” deep floor drop and 56” door opening height make the VMI Chrysler Pacifica an ideal fit for the tallest of wheelchair and scooter users. The VMI Chrysler Pacifica wheelchair van is the one of the automotive industry’s most stylish and technologically equipped van.

VMI Pacifica

Chrysler Pacifica with a VMI conversion

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Self-Care for Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month

Reposted from NMEDA

Take Care to Give Care—this is the overarching theme for this year’s National Family Caregivers Month. Caregivers typically have quite a bit on their plate and this November, we’re reminding these dedicated professionals and family members of the importance of taking time to take care of themselves, too. Here are a few ways caregivers can tend to their own needs, in turn helping them take even better care of those that count on them.

Take Regular Breaks

Breaks have been shown to improve productivity and our ability to focus on the task at hand. In caregiving, this can mean a life-saving difference. Caregivers should make it a priority to schedule breaks throughout the day to not only allow their bodies to rest, but also give their minds a reprieve. This will help them get back to work refreshed, recharged and ready to take on the rest of the day.

Get Moving

Staying active is incredibly important, not just for our bodies but for our mental wellbeing as well. For caregivers especially, a regular exercise routine can help improve strength, stamina and ability to provide a high level of care. Whether it’s a walk, run, yoga or whatever other form of exercise, be sure to get moving every single day. Strapped for time? Go for a short walk during your breaks and take care of two important needs in one go.

Eat a Balanced Diet

Food is fuel, we all know that. Yet, how often do we find ourselves grabbing fast food or another less than nutritious option as a quick meal solution? This way of eating is not only unhealthy but also not sustainable, and not nourishing your body in the proper way is sure to lead to negative effects down the road. For caregivers with busy schedules, meal planning is a great way to ensure you always have healthy, nutritious options available throughout the day.

Enjoy Your Social Life

Whether caregivers are caring for a family member, loved one or patient, their selfless nature can often mean their own social lives may be affected. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Caregivers should make time to enjoy outings and activities with friends, significant others and family members. Being in the company of those closest to them, and this sometimes includes the person who they are caring for, can turn a challenging day into a positive, rewarding experience.

Do you have any other tips for caregivers of persons with disabilities? Be sure to share them with us on our Facebook and Twitter.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our Quality Assurance Program mobility equipment dealers.

Article reposted with permission by NMEDA

“Self-Care for Caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month” Web blog post. NMEDA Blog. NMEDA, Web. 15 November, 2016.

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Scottsdale Grand Opening

Performance Mobility in Scottsdale, Arizona announces the Grand Opening on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.  The Grand Opening is an event that the Performance Mobility team is eagerly anticipating.  Customers are raving about the beautiful state of the art showroom.  You now have a chance to join us in a celebration of the newest location!  The friendly Arizona team will all be on hand at the Big Grand Opening! There will be an amazing lunch served plus big door prizes and fun.  The Scottsdale location is at 14885 North 83rd Place, Suite 105.  The Arizona team looks forward to having the opportunity to show customers a great time at the newest location.  The Mayor of Scottsdale will be joining the celebration for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  There will also be a delightful lunch served, beverages, a drawing for door prizes including tablets.  The event is being held from 10 AM to 2 PM.

You will be able to see the new 2016 Toyota Sienna, 2016 Honda Odyssey and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair accessible mini-vans.  There is a large selection of used vehicles that you must come and see along with discounts.  Another wheelchair accessible vehicle at the Scottsdale store is the BraunAbility MXV.  The first wheelchair SUV is unlike any other wheelchair accessible vehicle!  The BraunAbility MXV is built on the Ford Explorer.  It is unique and unlike anything else on the market. These handicap vehicles  have been designed with wheelchair users and service providers in mind. Come see the BraunAbility MXV and go for a test drive!

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible!  The Performance Mobility team hopes to see you on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.

Scottsdale Arizona Grand Opening

Scottsdale, Arizona Grand Opening

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Oktoberfest at Performance Mobility in Sandy, Utah

Performance Mobility Oktoberfest

Performance Mobility in Sandy, Utah announces Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 8th, 2016. The Third Annual Customer Oktoberfest is an event the Performance Mobility team eagerly anticipates every year. There will be local vendors joining the Oktoberfest event. The Sandy location is at 9082 South 300 West from 11am to 2pm. The Utah team looks forward to having the opportunity to show customers a great time and appreciation for their loyalty and business. There will be a delightful lunch including bratwurst, beverages, a drawing for door prizes including tablets! You will be able to see the new 2016 Toyota Sienna and 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan wheelchair accessible mini-vans. The Ram Promaster is a larger vehicle that offers multiple seating configurations with a lift installed in the back. There is a large selection of used vehicles that you must come and see along with discounts. Another wheelchair accessible vehicle at the Utah store is the BraunAbility MXV. The first wheelchair SUV is unlike any other wheelchair accessible vehicle! The BraunAbility MXV is built on the Ford Explorer. It is unique and unlike anything else on the market. These handicap vehicles have been designed from the ground up with wheelchair users and service providers in mind. Come see the BraunAbility MXV and go for a test drive!

The brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles will be available and there is always a great variety of pre-owned converted mini-vans to suit any wheelchair or scooter user’s needs. As well as mini-vans that have lowered floors and converted, there are many products that we offer to make a customer’s every day life as easy as possible! The Performance Mobility team hopes to see you on Saturday, October 8th, 2016.

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SFF and Performance Mobility make a dream come true

SFF and Performance Mobility in Sandy, Utah have teamed up to make a family’s dream come true. If you would like to be present at the give away and win a week vacation at Sunriver Oregon, sign up on the website, www.steelmanfamilyfoundation.org

The event will be held SEPT.30, FRIDAY, 6pm at Performance Mobility, 9082 300 West, Sandy, Utah.

Another Giving Event for The Steelman Family Foundation

The Steelman Family Foundation’s mission is to bring respite and support to families touched by Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. We are dedicated to providing transportation or means to allow families to be together, to participate in community or recreational experiences as a united family. SFF raises funds to benefit cerebral palsy research, to provide wheelchair accessible transportation, education, activities, and support groups.

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