If you’re in the market for an accessible vehicle, chances are you’re debating whether you should purchase a new or used handicap van. Explore the different factors that qualify an accessible vehicle as either new or used — as well as their relative benefits — to get started finding the right mobility solutions for your lifestyle!
While this may seem like a straightforward statement, there are more than two basic tiers when categorizing a new or used handicap van.
A new wheelchair van is exactly what it sounds like — new. Accessible vehicles in this category have never been owned or used before, meaning you’ll be the first person to drive it. It is both a brand-new vehicle and a brand-new conversion. This is why these models are labeled New-New.
New-New wheelchair vans come straight from the manufacturer your mobility provider partners with, and can often be customized with different conversion options based on your preferences and needs. This allows you to choose from the most state-of-the-art mobility solutions on the market to outfit your new vehicle.
Additionally, a new wheelchair van from United Access will have approximately 250 miles or less on it, and comes with the full standard 3-year and a 36,000-mile warranty on the vehicle and ramp system.
While new wheelchair vans are self-explanatory, used handicap vans require a bit more detail to categorize — United Access’ inventory of used handicap vans includes what are called Used-New and Used-Used vehicles.
Used-New vans are vehicles that were either sold or traded into United Access to be converted with accessible features. This type of used vehicle can have up to 50,000 miles on it to be eligible for a conversion. Any miles over 50,000 and it may be ineligible for conversion due to its condition. While the vehicle has been previously owned or used, the conversion itself is brand new.
Used-Used vans, on the other hand, are previously owned or used converted vehicles — both the van itself and its accessible features have been used. Some United Access customers, like veterans, regularly trade in their vehicles. This means that our inventory of Used-Used vans, including the different make, model, and feature options you can choose from, is constantly changing.
When searching for your next accessible vehicle, it’s important to note that both new and used wheelchair vans have their respective pros and cons. Preparing for your search with a list of must-have features can help you narrow down your options faster.
There are a few factors that may influence whether a new accessible vehicle is the right option for your needs. The first is technology.
New vehicle technology - Higher-tech, more state-of-the-art mobility solutions may be difficult to find in Used-Used models as their conversions are older. And while you are more likely to find the modern solutions you need in a Used-New handicap van, it may require some searching or waiting for the right model to come on the market.
This is where New-New wheelchair vans shine. These models often allow for customization straight from the manufacturer. This means that you’ll get the features you need in the make and model you’ve chosen, custom-built just for you.
Low mileage - New-New vehicles also come with lower mileage than Used-New and Used-Used models. This helps boost your new vehicle’s chances of both lasting longer for your use and retaining its value in the event you choose to trade it in or sell it in the future. Whether you want to keep your new accessible vehicle for the long haul or plan to trade up at some point, a New-New model will help you get the most longevity and future benefit out of your purchase.
If you are on the hunt for a wheelchair van with unique or higher-tech conversions, low mileage, and higher prospective resale value, a New-New model may be right for you. However, it’s important to ensure your budget accordingly as this is the most expensive category of inventory.
If price point is a major concern of yours, used wheelchair vans come in a wide range of options offering great value.
Purchasing a Used-New van can save you up to $10,000 compared to a comparable New-New model — add in the full warranty and brand new accessibility features, and that’s a great deal for clients seeking a balance between high-tech and affordable. Our Used-New BraunAbility inventory even offers a Certified Pre-Owned program for even more peace of mind when purchasing used.
Opting for a Used-Used handicap van will lead to even more savings — some models start as low as $20,000. While being the cheapest category of inventory does pose some significant benefits, you may have to do a bit of digging to find the make, model, and features you need. Luckily, United Access receives new inventory daily from sales and trade-ins, so there’s always something new to explore.
If you need to stick to a tight budget or don’t require any special features uncommon in most conversions, buying a used wheelchair van may help you get the most bang for your buck.
Regardless of whether you’re looking to purchase a new or used handicap van, United Access offers a range of financing opportunities to make sure every client can get the most value out of their purchase. If you’re looking to replace your current vehicle, explore United Access’ trade-in and sale options to help you find the perfect solution for your lifestyle on the right budget.
While the list above includes the most notable benefits to each type of accessible vehicle, it’s important to remember that the right option for you will cater directly to your unique preferences and needs. Speaking to one of our Mobility Specialists can help ensure you drive off in a vehicle outfitted with everything on your list of must-haves.
View our inventory of new and used wheelchair vans to help you find the perfect mode of transportation for your unique needs. We have new inventory arriving on the lot every day, so you are sure to find something that is right for you.