It's nice to know the manufacturers can be accommodating when special needs require us to modify our vehicles for additional mobility. In an effort to make its vehicles more accessible to buyers with disabilities, BMW Group has announced that it will remove the reimbursement ceiling for disabled buyers of BMW and Mini vehicles who wish to make one-time vehicle modifications to facilitate or ease their use of the vehicle. (Previously, BMW Group limited the amount it reimbursed buyers.)
"We are committed to meeting the unique needs of our customers," said Tom Purves, chairman and CEO of BMW (US) Holding Corp. Effective February 13, 2007, BMW will reimburse buyers of new and certified pre-owned BMW and MINI vehicles for one-time driver modifications, provided that certain requirements are met.
Specifically, the vehicles must be purchased or leased from an authorized BMW or MINI dealer, with a receipt subject to verification. Applicants must be able to verify ownership with a valid driver's license and registration form. And, they must submit a service invoice outlining all modification costs. For modification facilities please contact the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (http://www.nmeda.org/) or at 800-833-0427.
Buyers should know that modifications that alter the original engineering and/or operating specifications will impact the New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Please refer to the Service and Warranty booklet (provided with new BMW Group vehicles at the time of original sale, or available at your dealer or through BMW's Customer Relations staff) for further details. Additional information is available from BMW and MINI's Customer Relations staff at 800- 831-1117 for BMW and 866-275-6464 for MINI.