Have a Question About Handicap Vans?
Selecting the right wheelchair accessible vehicle can be overwhelming – we’re here to help! If you have questions that you need answered, please reach out to a BraunAbility Product Specialist for one-on-one support from a mobility expert.
Wheelchair Vehicle Conversion Questions
1. Just what exactly is an accessible vehicle?
BraunAbility wheelchair accessible vehicles are manufactured to offer unparalleled ease of access for wheelchair and scooter users. The floor has been substantially lowered and the vehicle equipped with a lightweight ramp for easy entry and exit. A kneeling system lowers the rear suspension, decreasing the slope of the ramp even further when deployed. Both front seats are removable, enabling wheelchair users to drive or ride in the passenger position.
2. I already own a minivan, can BraunAbility convert my minivan or full-size van?
Possibly, but certain conditions must be met. Only certain makes and models can be converted. Additionally, the vehicle must have less than 50,000 miles, and is subject to inspection before the conversion process can begin. We recommend contacting your BraunAbility dealer for help in starting this process.
3. Can I purchase a minivan at my car dealership and then have it converted?
While this can sometimes work, we recommend contacting a BraunAbility dealer before purchasing a van. If you visit a car dealership first, you risk purchasing a vehicle that cannot be converted because it is the wrong model, or it may be the right model, but not equipped with the right options. Your BraunAbility dealer can help guide you through the process, and can even work with your preferred car dealer to ensure you purchase the right equipment. Often, you may find the perfect vehicle sitting at the BraunAbility dealer, already converted and ready for delivery.
4. Can I simply add a handicap ramp to my existing van?
No. The sturdy aluminum ramp is just one aspect of the major remanufacturing required to create a BraunAbility accessible van. Teams of skilled technicians work together on a modern assembly line to produce a fully integrated wheelchair van with a lowered floor and reconfigured seating.
5. How long will I have to wait to buy a wheelchair minivan?
BraunAbility dealers maintain a stock of minivans converted and ready for immediate delivery. You will have a choice of chassis and ramp styles to try out, allowing you to determine which vehicle best meets your needs.
6. What if my need for a BraunAbility minivan is temporary?
BraunAbility vans may be available for long-term wheelchair van rental. Because availability varies across the country, we recommend you ask this question at your local BraunAbility dealer.
Wheelchair Van Maintenance and Warranty
1. What kind of warranty will I get?
BraunAbility® backs the quality craftsmanship of their wheelchair accessible vehicles with an exclusive Three-Year Limited Warranty, the best the industry has to offer. On top of that, the chassis is covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty.
2. Where will I get service for my handicap van?
At any BraunAbility dealer nationwide, no matter where you buy your wheelchair accessible vehicle. BraunAbility conducts service schools throughout the year on-site at our factory. Dealers are required to attend regularly and are given in-depth instruction and the latest information on servicing BraunAbility wheelchair accessible vans. You can count on quality service no matter where your travels take you. Find A Dealer.
3. Is there any trade-in value?
Because of BraunAbility’s outstanding reliability, many customers keep their vehicles much longer than the average driver. When you are ready for a new vehicle, most dealers will accept your old van as a trade-in. Trade-in value is usually very good, but is of course dependent on a number of factors such as vehicle condition and mileage. We suggest you ask this question at the place of purchase.
1. Where can I get a BraunAbility handicap van or wheelchair lift?
Our wheelchair accessible vehicles are available at BraunAbility® dealers nationwide. Vans are in stock already converted, and your dealer may be able to bring a van to you for a home demonstration, depending on your location.
2. Can I purchase a wheelchair van or lift directly from BraunAbility?
No. BraunAbility products are available only through our nationwide network of dealers. Fitting you to the right mobility solution is not a one-size-fits-all proposition; it requires an in-depth assessment by trained individuals who are knowledgeable about the specific needs of wheelchair users. We recognize the importance of our dealers’ role in this process, and support them in providing efficient sales and service to you locally.
3. Where are BraunAbility products manufactured?
Our state-of-the-industry plant is located in Winamac, Indiana, ensuring that you get world-class technology applied with small-town craftsmanship and attention to detail. The BraunAbility family takes great pride in all the mobility products we produce. Learn More About BraunAbility.