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    Hand Controls for my car

    I just need to vent a little..i am 9 months post and have been going through Independent Living and i am getting free hand controls for My girlfriends Saturn. So i think i talked to Independent Living and filled out paper work about 3 or 4 months ago, went and did a driving test and then i get a phone call yesterday stating that i can't get hand controls in the Saturn because the Car is in Shannons Dads name and still have $1200 dollars left to pay. Just a little upset i have to wait another 5 months until the car is payed off and then get the title in my name. I just don't think its fair. why didn't they ask me when i was filling out the paper work?? And whats even worse is i asked a lady at that department if it would be a problem and she said NO!!
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    Megan, I'm really sorry to hear this. It's a long and frustrating process if everything goes right and it can get infuriating when something like this goes wrong. While I was waiting for my van, I purchased some portable hand controls (see link)...not exactly the safest option, but I did what I felt like I had to do.

    http://www.allegromedical.com/wheelc...s-p211058.html

    P.S. I just noticed there's another thread still going in "Equipment" that has good pics...I posted there some time ago about my experience with them. I rigged mine up with a velcro strap so that I wouldn't "lose" them in the floor if I happened to drop them while driving.
    Last edited by Danine; 10-02-2008 at 12:47 PM.

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    Thanks Danine. I will look into it.
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    Sorry for the run-around. The rule is the same here in MI, they need a copy of the title and everything. Lots of paperwork, lots of waiting. The rule was only mentioned to me in passing too. [I just got my license a few weeks ago and I'm still looking for a car though.]

    I'm considering picking up a set of those hand controls just to have handy in a pinch. I'm going to see if there's any way insurance will pay for them!

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    Wow, it must be way different in MN. Sorry you have to go through this. All I did was call a place to order Sure Grips and set up a time to install them. I talked to them over the phone and never had to show proof of anything. It cost about $700 installed. They are a company that does installations of hand control, van ramps, etc. Reputable place too.

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    i think the rub here, momo, is that there is a 3rd party payor who is requiring ownership of the title before they give her the controls for FREE. i wouldn't think an installer would care who's car it is as long as you have the $$$!

    hmmmmm...Seenkid101, have you asked if there is an appeal process?

    if not, 5 months will fly by! try to enjoy being driven everywhere while it lasts!

    good luck
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    Yes daleb that's what it's all about. Michigan, for example, will purchase and install adaptive driving controls for you for free, if you are using a vehicle and working in the state. They'll cover pretty much anything within reason, including car-top carriers and physical therapy to help you transfer. But there are strict rules about it and ownership of the vehicle is one of them. They won't install on a leased vehicle either. All in all it's a pretty good deal though.

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    Yes daleb that's what it's all about. Michigan, for example, will purchase and install adaptive driving controls for you for free, if you are using a vehicle and working in the state. They'll cover pretty much anything within reason, including car-top carriers and physical therapy to help you transfer. But there are strict rules about it and ownership of the vehicle is one of them. They won't install on a leased vehicle either. All in all it's a pretty good deal though.
    I think its well worth waiting 5 more months because i am getting them for free. What upset me is that no one sayed anything to me about who owned the car or even asked me who owned it.
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    Everyone have no fear!! Megan is here and on the ROAD!!! Finally I say finally I have been equipped with hand controls.
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    Hooray!! Getting back on the road really made me feel I was getting my life back together. Isn;t it a great feeling!
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