Sunday, September 5, 2010

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of NMEDA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have heard about how an NMEDA qualified dealer could assist and how a NMEDA dealer can help the elderly or disabled get back onto the road of independence.

What is NMEDA in the first place? For a short background, NMEDA is an association of mobility equipment dealers, driver rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals dedicated to sharing more knowledge for people with disabilities to drive or be transported in vehicles modified with mobility equipment.

As a matter of fact, they have a so called Quality Assurance Program (QAP), which aims to promote quality, safety, and reliability in the industry. It enhances vehicle modification and mobility equipment installation with the highest guidelines available in the industry. QAP Requirements include the following:

1. Maintain Product and Completed Operations and Garage Keepers insurance for liability purposes.
2. Have certified welders if they perform structural modifications to vehicles.
3. Have technicians certified for the equipment they sell, install and service.
4. Maintain records of all adaptive work.
5. Undergo an inspection/audit process at least annually by an independent auditing firm to ensure compliance to the NMEDA Guidelines, certain aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and "Make Inoperative" mandates.
6. Abide by the Mediation Committee's decisions when a complaint is lodged by a consumer, a Dealer, or any other person or entity.
7. Provide 24 hour service to their customers.
8. Meet shop facility and equipment requirements.
9. Have four-corner scales.

What is a dealer member? It is a single business location that sells and/or installs and/or services adaptive vehicle equipment. To qualify for dealer member just conduct active business including sales, installation, and/or service of mobility and adaptive equipment. Follow guidelines as published by NMEDA. Make full payment of dues prior to obtaining membership. Abide by the bylaws and standards of quality promulgated by NMEDA.

NMEDA believes that it can unify and improve the mobility equipment industry and service to people with disabilities. If transportation is the key to freedom, then NMEDA is the key to quality transportation. So what are you waiting for? Go to and on the homepage, hit the dealers locator and type in your ZIP code and see if there is a qualified dealer near you.

Visit my sponsor: NMEDA

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