Find New Ways to Save on Vehicle Modifications
Who doesn’t like to save some money? 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 steering devices and lifts to hand and foot controls, there are an impressive range of driving supports that may be eligible for reimbursement.
As you research your next vehicle, keep this collection of rebate programs in mind. If a vehicle manufacturer you’re considering isn’t on this list, ask your dealer directly if they have a mobility program. Several manufacturers do offer programs but may not have a dedicated section on their website with the details.
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.
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.
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.
Check out The War Amp’s Licence to Drive booklet. It is a valuable tool with answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding amputation and driving in Canada. You can find it here.
Don’t forget that Canadian citizens can 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.