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Choosing the Right Handicap Van to Buy

If you or a loved one require the use of a wheelchair, you may be in the market to buy a handicap van. Handicap vans are a great option for anyone looking to gain more independence and mobility with a comfortable and safe ride. With modifications, such as installing a ramp and lowering the floor, a standard van can be adapted to accommodate a wheelchair, allowing the user to drive or be a passenger with ease. 

Considerations When Buying a Handicap Van 

When it comes to buying a handicap van, there are a few factors to consider. First, you’ll need to decide what type of van you need. There are several types of handicap vans available, from full-size vans to mini vans. The size of the van will depend on your needs and the size of your wheelchair. Handicap vans can accommodate a variety of wheelchairs, ranging from manual wheelchairs to electric wheelchairs.  

Types of Handicap Vans to Buy for Your Wheelchair 

Manual wheelchairs are lightweight, easy to maneuver, and require no power source, making them ideal for everyday use. Electric wheelchairs have the advantage of providing more power and range of motion than manual wheelchairs. They are also easier to control, as they are operated by a joystick or other control device. For those with more limited mobility, a power wheelchair may be the best option, as they can be powered by a motor or battery pack. Handicap vans can also accommodate specialized wheelchairs, such as bariatric wheelchairs, which are designed to accommodate larger users, and tilt-in-space wheelchairs, which are designed to allow for adjustable positioning for comfort and support. Based on your wheelchair size and the amount of space you need to accommodate your family, friends, and things, you will need to decide on the type of conversion you need. Full-size vans can be converted with a lift, a ramp, or a combination of both. Mini vans can be converted with a lift or a ramp.

Researching to Buy a Handicap Van

Once you’ve decided on the type of van you need and the type of conversion, it’s time to start shopping. You’ll want to do some research to find the best deals on handicap vans. Start by searching online for used handicap vans. Many companies offer used vans that have been modified with wheelchair access. You can also search for new handicap vans. There are many companies that specialize in creating and selling handicap vans. To ensure you are getting the best deal, be sure to compare prices and features from multiple companies. Additionally, it may be wise to check if any warranties or guarantees are available on the van you are considering. Furthermore, you will want to inspect the van in person, as well as ask for a vehicle history report to make sure there are no major issues. Taking these steps will ensure you get the best deal possible on a handicap van.

It’s important to focus on companies that are part of The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) while you shop for a handicap van. NMEDA is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to improving the safety and quality of adaptive vehicles for people with disabilities. NMEDA works to educate the public on the importance of accessible transportation and provides resources to help consumers choose the right adaptive vehicle. In order to become certified by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), dealers must adhere to the Quality Assurance Program (QAP). QAP is the only North American accreditation for auto mobility businesses and is a comprehensive system of standards and best practices. 

Test Drive Handicap Vans Before You Buy

When buying a handicap van, it’s important to make sure that it meets your needs. Many companies offer test drives so you can make sure the van fits your needs and is comfortable to drive. You’ll also want to make sure that the van is properly equipped with safety features. Handicap vans are designed to provide individuals with a safe and comfortable way to travel. They come equipped with a variety of features to ensure the user's safety and convenience, such as wheelchair ramps, wheelchair restraints, hand controls, adaptive seating, automatic doors, and backup cameras. All of these features work together to provide a safe and comfortable ride for the user.

It’s also important to research the company you’re buying from. Make sure that they offer warranties and have a good reputation for customer service. You’ll also want to research financing options. Many companies offer financing plans to help you pay for a handicap van. 

When it comes to buying a handicap van, it’s important to do your research and make sure that you get the best deal. You want to make sure that the van you choose can meet the needs of you or your loved one and is comfortable to use. You should investigate the different types of handicap vans available, as well as the price range and any other features that come with them. Additionally, make sure to compare the different models and prices to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. With a little research and planning, you can find the perfect handicap van to suit your needs and ensure that the user is safe, comfortable, and able to make the most of the van.

Where Can I  Buy a Handicap Van?

United Access has locations across the country. Contact Us today to learn more about our wheelchair accessible vehicles


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