• Up to $1,000 reimbursement for accessibility equipment
  • Must be installed by NHTSA-registered installer
  • Available on new vehicles

Outfitting a vehicle for accessibility by a physically disabled driver or passenger can be a pricey proposition. Accessibility equipment must not only make the vehicle easier to use for the disabled, it also must be safe for the vehicle's occupants. To help offset the purchase and installation costs, Nissan is now offering reimbursements of up to $1,000 for qualifying accessibility equipment on its new vehicles.

To qualify, several conditions must be met. First, the special equipment must be installed on a new vehicle purchased or leased through a Nissan retail dealer. Fleet vehicles and used vehicles are not eligible. Accessibility equipment must be installed by an outfitter registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Using an NHTSA-registered installer helps to ensure that the equipment is safe and that the vehicle's safety has not been compromised.

Time limits also apply. The equipment must be installed within six months of the vehicle's purchase or lease date. Once the vehicle is outfitted, the owner or lessee has 90 days to apply for reimbursement. The automaker provides three ways to apply: online, by fax or by email. Customers can expect reimbursement six to 10 weeks after the required paperwork is submitted.

Several accessibility features are preapproved under the program. These include hand controls, wheelchair and scooter lifts, left-foot accelerator pedals and turning automotive seats.

Fred Diaz, Nissan's divisional vice president of sales and marketing, says the Nissan Mobility Assist Program opens the brand to more potential customers. In a company press release, Diaz noted the program will broaden the appeal of the company's product lineup, and help the corporation live up to its motto of "innovation and excitement for everyone."

"By helping defray the costs of medically necessary upfits, we're increasing the mobility of our customers nationwide," he said.

Several automakers -- including Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, Ford and GM -- offer similar reimbursement programs. New-car shoppers who require accessibility equipment for a driver or passenger should ask their dealers about the availability of reimbursement programs before making a decision to buy or lease.

What it means to you: New-car shoppers who require accessibility equipment for people with disabilities can save money through programs such as Nissan Mobility Assist.

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Nick Palermo is an automotive writer and lifelong car nut. He follows new and late-model used vehicles for AutoTrader.com, writes about vintage cars for Hemmings Classic Wheels and blogs on all things automotive at LivingVroom. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twins.

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