Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle FAQ
How much do mobility vans cost?
The price of a wheelchair van can cost anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000. The price of an accessible vehicle can be broken down into the price of the vehicle itself plus the cost of additional modifications. The cost of a vehicle typically starts around $20,000. The cost of handicap modifications can range from $15,000 to $30,000. One way to save on a mobility van is to buy a used wheelchair van.
Can you put a wheelchair in a van?
To properly secure a wheelchair inside a vehicle you must use wheelchair tie-down straps. Sometimes these are referred to as wheelchair restraints. The basic types of wheelchair tie-downs include manual wheelchair tie downs, 4-point system, floor anchors, retractable wheelchair tie-downs, and automatic/power wheelchair tie downs.
What are wheelchair vans called?
No one seems to agree on what to call our vehicles. Are they wheelchair vans? Or are they handicap vans? A wheelchair van makes the product sound as though the vehicle is made of wheelchairs, or that it is only made for wheelchair users, which is incorrect. The word “handicap” is a term that isn’t considered appropriate by many as a description of people with disabilities. This is called disability-first speak, and more people are moving toward a person-first language approach, as in, “a person with a disability” versus “a disabled person.” Some other names for our vans include WAV (an acronym for wheelchair accessible vans) lift vans, mobility vans, and conversion vans.
What vehicles can be modified for wheelchair?
There are a wide variety of wheelchair accessible vehicle options available on the market. Whether you’re looking for a minivan, a full-size van, an SUV, or a truck, you likely have more options than you think. Often, your existing vehicle can be converted to fit your mobility needs as well.
What is a wheelchair accessible vehicle?
A wheelchair accessible vehicle is one that has been modified by increasing the interior size of the vehicle and equipping it with a ramp or powered lift for entry by someone in a wheelchair.
What is the best car for someone in a wheelchair?
Selecting the best vehicle for a wheelchair user depends on that individual and their wants and needs. Wheelchair accessible vehicles come in a variety of types: minivan, full-size van, SUV, car, or truck. Our trained team of Mobility Specialists can work with you to find the option that is best for you and your needs.