Holiday Hours


Access Options would like to wish all our customers a world of good wishes. One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you to our wonderful customers and wishing you the very best for the new year.

Access Options Holiday Hours

Friday December 22, 2017: Open 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday December 25, 2017: Closed
Friday December 29, 2017: Open 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Monday January 1, 2018: Closed

We will be back to our normal schedule Tuesday January 2, 2018.


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Office Hours – Thanksgiving


Autumnal Thanksgiving Arrangement

Our offices will be closed Thursday November 23 and Friday November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will reopen on Monday November 27, 2017.

We here at Access Options, Inc. want to wish you the best and safest holiday. May the Thanksgiving holiday bring you good things in abundance that stay with you all year long.






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Is your vehicle ready for cold spells?


Frigid temperatures not only slow us down, but can slow our van and accessible equipment. For example, if you use a hydraulic wheelchair lift, you may have noticed that the colder the weather, the slower the lift reacts. The cold thickens the fluid, making it move slower through hoses, valves and cylinders. There’s not much you can do about that, but preparing other equipment for cold weather is important to help avoid accidents and breakdowns.

If you live in northern climates, get an oil change, tune-up, and/or semi-annual lift service and have any other accessible equipment checked before the temperature dips. A professional should also check the battery, antifreeze level, heater, brakes, defroster and thermostat.

Now is the time to prepare, not in December when the snow may already be here.

Do It Yourself:

  • Purchase winter wiper blades that cut through snow and ice.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full. It reduces condensation and makes your vehicle easier to start on cold mornings.
  • Buy tires that have MS, M+S, M/S or M&S on them, meaning they meet the Rubber Manufacturers Association guidelines and can bite through mud and snow.
  • For better traction and control, rotate tires so the best ones are in the front.
  • Get an electric engine block heater. It warms the engine so the motor can start. It connects to normal AC power overnight or before driving. In extremely cold climates, electrical outlets are sometimes found in public or private parking lots.
  • Cold weather is tough on accessible van batteries. Buy one with greater starting power, higher cold cranking amps and reserve capacity for energy when the engine isn’t running.
  • Use synthetic oil to make starting a cold engine easier.

Before you drive:

  • Clear the head and tail lights for best visibility.
  • Scrape the ice off mirrors and windows.
Originally posted on NMEDA’s Website on 10/17/17
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Abilities Expo Bay Area 2017


If you are going to this year’s Abilities Expo in San Mateo, stop by Access Options’ Booth (630). You can meet our great staff and spin the wheel for a prize!

Abilities Expo Bay Area Info

October 27: 11 am – 5 pm
October 28: 11 am – 5 pm
October 29: 11 am – 4 pm
San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall
1346 Saratoga Dr.
San Mateo, CA 94403
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Safety Tip: Know the Weight of Your Vehicle


How much weight can your accessible SUV or van bear when fully loaded? Because SUVs and vans have a higher center of gravity than sedans or minivans, they are more prone to rollover accidents. It is vital to know the weight load before stuffing your vehicle with a wheelchair, luggage, family or friends and vacation equipment (like a canoe or bicycles). Just because there is room for everything doesn’t mean it’s safe for everyone.

Braking hard to avoid a possible accident or carrying too much weight in a sharp turn can up the odds of an accident. Plus, an overloaded vehicle can adversely affect braking, steering and your ability to safely control the vehicle.

To find the maximum allowable weight of your vehicle when loaded, look for the label on the driver’s side doorjamb. It tells the allowable weight of the vehicle plus fuel, passengers and cargo. (The information may also be in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the underside of the hood.)

A large SUV can weigh 6,000 lbs. or more before the conversion. A smaller one will be in the 4,000-5,000 lb. range.

To figure out how much weight the vehicle will actually be carrying, get out the calculator. A power wheelchair can weigh about 200 lbs. Add 300 lbs. or more for the wheelchair lift and you’ve already added 500 lbs to the vehicle’s weight capacity. Add 150 lbs. for each passenger and the driver.

With all that weight, make sure the tires can handle the load. Inspect the tread and check the air pressure. All new vehicles from 2012 onward are equipped with a tire-pressure monitoring system (TPMS). This system monitors the air pressure inside the tires and alerts the driver if the tire pressure is too low.

Slim down your odds of a rollover by slimming down the vehicle. No overloading!


Originally posted on NMEDA’s Blog: Here on 9/25/17
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Wheelchair Accessible Van Rental FAQs


Did you know that Access Options, Inc. is part of the national network for Wheeler’s Accessible Van Rental Dealers? Our rental fleet consists of late-model, low mileage lowered-floor minivans and are available for pick up or delivery at both the Watsonville and Fremont locations.


All rentals reservations require a deposit of $100.00 

Rental Rates*
1 day rental (24 hrs) $125
1 week rental (7 days) $100/ day $700
1 month rental (28 days) $75/ day $2100
*100 mile per day allotment, additional miles $.50/per mile

Vehicle delivery or pick up from airport?
*Pricing is each way*
SJO $100
SFO $150
Oakland $150

Vehicle delivery and pick up is available Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please note that we can make special arrangements outside of these hours for an additional charge.

All of our rentals have side entry.
We do not provide hand controls or transfer seats. Wheelchair user will not be able to drive.
Front passenger seat can be removed upon request.
Customer must provide copy of driver’s license and proof of insurance (Insurance must cover rentals ).
Drivers must be 23 years or older to rent and drive vehicle and have a Visa or MasterCard

We have a 72 hour Cancellation Policy.  If renter cancels reservations within the 72 hours (3 days) of pick up, renter will be charged $100.  If renter cancels in advance of 72 hours (3 days) of pick up, no charges will incur.

Please call for further information or submit your request on-line and one of our representatives will contact you. When submitting an on-line request, please specify your needs on our Rental Form.

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Tips on Properly Anchoring Wheelchairs in Mobility Vehicles

**Posted on August 15th, 2016 in Living With a DisabilityMobility EquipmentWheelchair Accessible


Vehicles that are not accessible are designed with a safety bubble comprised of firmly anchored seats, seat belts and a belt restraint system to protect the upper and lower torso, and air bags to protect you in the event of a crash. This “cone of protection” does not exist for those with disabilities riding in wheelchairs, but there are ways to ensure your vehicle is adapted to keep you safe.

Protect Yourself
To get such protection in a wheelchair accessible vehicle it must be modified by a mobility equipment manufacturer or Quality Assurance Program (QAP) dealer. Mobility equipment dealers know that transferring to the vehicle seat offers the highest level of protection.

The next best option is a WC19 compliant wheelchair, which is designed for use as a seat in motor vehicles, because regular wheelchair frames and seats are not as strong to withstand crash conditions.

The Risks of a Quick Fix
The pricing for each vehicle varies depending on each individual’s specific needs, the cost for a modified handicap vehicle can be anywhere from $20,000 on up. Today, some people are avoiding the cost of making their vehicle safe and accessible by creating unreliable gadgets that will allow them to drive.

While this method can be temporarily effective, the long-term repercussions and risks of operating a vehicle this way are massive, not to mention illegal in many cases.

Let The Professionals Handle It
Below are some reasons to let the professionals handle the installation of your seating and restraints on a vehicle with no modifications:

  • It is difficult to find suitable places on the wheelchair frame to attach wheelchair tie downs. Or it is likely that the places you find are not strong enough to hold up under a crash.
  • Tie down straps may be attached to the most accessible places on the wheelchair, which are often the weakest. (Attaching to detachable footrests or armrests is a really bad idea.)
  • Belt restraints should fit over the pelvis and shoulders. However, most wheelchair designs make positioning vehicle-anchored restraints difficult.
  • When wheelchair occupants are placed facing sideways in the vehicle, since this is easiest for getting a wheelchair in and out of the vehicle. But then occupants are in the least-safe orientation for a frontal crash. All occupied wheelchairs should face forward during transit.
  • The experts will tell you trays and tray-mounted accessories are rarely fixed to wheelchairs with safety in mind.
  • They should be stowed elsewhere during transit or attached securely.

Finding a licensed and trustworthy dealer/mechanic should be a number one priority when it comes to getting your car modified. Access Options, Inc, is an accredited NMEDA QAP dealer and  works to make your ride the safest and most comfortable possible.

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Spotlight on Adapt Solutions


The passionate, creative Adapt-Solutions team brings you innovative mobility solutions. Their products are reliable, sleek, and designed with simplicity so that they work when you need them.

In one smooth, simple motion, the XL-BASE rotates and then gently lowers out of the vehicle. This cycle can be stopped at any time to allow transfer at desired height.


The XL-BASE has a 350 lbs weight capacity. The vehicle battery is the power source and power is not drained when the XL-BASE is not in use. Every unit is equipped with a manual backup system. The XL-BASE is designed exclusively for the front and center passenger positions of most minivans.

Open your vehicle’s door and fold the XL-SEAT down. Once transferred onto the XL-SEAT, use the retractable support arm for safety and balance while it takes you up to the driver’s seat.

XL Seat

When using the XL-SEAT you transfer onto your original seat. You get to keep all the original features from your vehicle. All seat adjustment functions remain operational, the seatback still reclines completely; even power or heated seats can remain intact.

The XL-BOARD is a stationary, foldable and retractable vehicle transfer board designed to bridge the gap when transferring from a wheelchair to a driver or front passenger seat of the Mazda 5®.


The XL-BOARD is designed to be installed into the Mazda 5® exclusively. The Mazda 5® is the only vehicle of its kind to offer a sliding door in the central position. This feature offers ideal space for loading and unloading a wheelchair.

Simply back an empty wheelchair up to the SPEEDY-LIFT and push the ‘IN’ button. The SPEEDY-LIFT picks up the chair and secures it in place.

speedy lift

The compact design takes up very little space. In most cases, only one seat is removed from the inside of the vehicle. Keep the use of up to 6 seats in a minivan application.

The POWER-PULL is designed to help a wheelchair up the ramp of a lowered floor minivan. Pick up the POWER-PULL hooks and position the wheelchair in front of the ramp. Place the hooks on the wheelchair and then press and hold the IN button. It’s as simple as that!

Power Pull

Because there are so many factors that can increased the difficulty in wheeling up or down the ramp of a converted vehicle, a simplified assistive device can offer that little extra needed help. With the ease of a wireless remote, and because the POWER-PULL can be reached from outside the vehicle, independence becomes within reach.

The newest member to Adapt Solutions product line up, the LINK truly is the solutions we have all been waiting for. The LINK allows you to have your vehicle, your way. It installs without any structural modification, offering amazing legroom and comfort, it is the LINK between you and your vehicle.


Love your vehicle. Keep the look, comfort, safety features and style of your ride. The LINK is so compact the original seat is always used. No lost space. No aftermarket seat. No need to try and match the interior finishes.

Interested in a quote? Give us a call today!


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Friendly Reminder


Access Options, Inc. will be closed on Monday September 4, 2017 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. We will be back in the office on Tuesday September 5, 2017.




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Funding Resources for Accessible Vehicles



Although purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle can be expensive, Access Options, Inc. can guide you to programs that may help you. Below are a few general options to research:

  • State Agencies – Every state has a Vocational Rehabilitation Program. These are state funded programs that assist people with disabilities to get back into or remain in the workplace. In some cases they provide funding for vehicle modifications. Check with your local program for qualifications. Check with your mobility dealer to help find local programs and third party funders.
  • Veterans Administration – The Veterans Administration funds up to $18,900 for adaptive equipment for qualifying veterans. For more information visit
  • Charitable Organizations/Churches – The options here can be extensive. Research what is available in your local market.
  • Mobility Rebate Programs – Several OEM manufacturers (Chrysler, Ford, GM, Toyota, etc.) provide rebates to purchasers of new vehicles that require modifications for disabilities. Before you purchase a new vehicle for modifications, inquire with the dealer about applicable rebates.
  • Special Finance Programs – A variety of programs are available for financing mobility vehicles including loans with extended terms, leasing packages and more. Please ask your NMEDA dealer for more information about special financing programs offered.
  • Fundraising – Contact all the people in your life and turn your need for a mobility solution into an outlet for socializing and creativity that can bring your whole community together. Get local news agencies involved by explaining what you’re trying to do and ask if they’d be interested in covering your story.
  • Public Assistance – Depending on your disability and if you are on Social Security, you may be eligible for the PASS program. If you need an accessible vehicle to go to school or your job, they may be able to help you.
  • Grants – There are several different organizations for different disabilities that provide information, support and resources to help assist those with specific conditions. For example, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society might help if you have MS or United Cerebral Palsy may be able to help if you have CP. Reach out to the local chapter and see if they can provide assistance or guidance.


This mobility funding update has been brought to you by NMEDA – the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. 
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