Frequently Asked Questions

A wheelchair-accessible van is a vehicle that has been modified by increasing the interior size of the vehicle and equipping it with a means of wheelchair entry, such as a wheelchair ramp or powered lift.

Wheelchair accessible vans come in a variety of different setups and options that are dependant on the specific needs of the wheelchair user. Wheelchair vans are normally created with one of two entry points, either from the side of the vehicle or the rear. Rear entry vans are normaly built using a ramp while the side entry allows for either a ramp or a lift. Ramps are available in either manual or automatic operation, also based on the specific needs of the wheelchair user, and/or a caregiver. Vans that are converted must be compliant with stringent ADA requirements. United Access works with only the best manufactures to ensure your van is safe, reliable, and meets the specific needs of the wheelchair user. Our manufacturer partners include BraunAbility, ATC, VMI and more.  Let us help answer any other questions you may have by giving us a call, filling out our quick question form, or stopping by one of our showrooms. Our experts are knowledgeable and here to help.  

A vehicle is converted through a process of removing the interior, lowering the floor and/or raising the roof and adding a ramp or a lift. Then, the technicians replace the seats, floor, etc. back into the vehicle and finally, the exterior is repainted.

Vans that are converted must be compliant with stringent ADA requirements. United Access works with only the best manufactures to ensure your van is safe, reliable, and meets the specific needs of the wheelchair user. Our manufacturer partners include ATC, BraunAbility, Revability, VMI and more.  

You have to choose the wheelchair van that best fits your personal mobility needs.

Side Entry - It’s easier to pick up or drop off a passenger in a wheelchair curbside with a side-entry wheelchair van. If the van has a ramp for exit and entry, an accessible parking space is ideal to accommodate the extra width needed to enter and exit the wheelchair van. Side-entry wheelchair vans typically have seats that can be removed as needed. Side-entry wheelchair vans allow the wheelchair user to have more options, they can ride as a passenger or drive. Side-entry wheelchair vans are a good choice for wheelchair users who want to be in the driver’s seat.

Rear Entry - Rear entry wheelchair vans feature a lowered area in the rear to accommodate the wheelchair and a foldout ramp. The middle seats can remain unmodified and allow for seating for other passengers. Rear-entry wheelchair vans are typically less expensive than side-entry wheelchair vans. Typically, Rear-entry vans can accommodate wider chairs.

Make sure to consider your daily routines when choosing an access point for your vehicle. If someone parks too close to your side entry van, you make not be able to enter or exit the vehicle. With a rear entry van, parking on a hill is more challenging, as is parallel parking since you need extra room in the rear for the wheelchair user to be able to enter and exit the vehicle. If you are uncertain about which option would work best for you or if you would just like the advice from one of our experts, please give us a call at 877-578-1576 and we will make sure to help walk you through everything you need to know about purchasing your next wheelchair van.

No. The conversion of a van, truck or SUV into a wheelchair accessible vehicle does not change the typical warranty when you go through our conversion manufacturers.

The conversion of a van, truck or SUV into a wheelchair accessible vehicle does not change the typical warranty when you go through our conversion manufacturers (such as BraunAbility or VMI). If you are purchasing a new vehicle, the warranty works the same as if you purchased a non-converted vehicle. If you are purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, the warranty transfers to the new owner throughout the remaining life of the vehicle’s warranty.

Not typically

Medicare Part B is the only part of Medicare that might cover a wheelchair van only because it allows for coverage of durable medical equipment (DME). Typically, this is not an expense that is covered by Medicare. Check the Medicare.gov website for current information and coverage.

We are able to assist with financing. Banks are often unfamiliar with the added value of the wheelchair van conversion, which can result in less than ideal loan parameters. For this reason, we maintain close relationships with banks, grant resources and foundations in hopes of making it easier for you to find the right wheelchair van financing options. Many customers find that their local credit union also offers acceptable interest rates and options.

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Yes, purchasing a wheelchair van can be expensive, and finding funding for these purchases can be a challenge if you don’t know where to look. The Mobility Specialists at United Access are knowledgeable of all the rebate programs and funding options available to you when you are ready to purchase your next wheelchair van.

Banks are often unfamiliar with the added value of the wheelchair van conversion, which can result in less than ideal loan parameters. For this reason, we maintain close relationships with banks, grant resources and foundations in hopes of making it easier for you to find the right wheelchair van financing options. Many customers find that their local credit union also offers acceptable interest rates and options.

Let us help answer any other questions you may have by giving us a call, filling out our quick question form, or stopping by one of our showrooms. Our experts are knowledgeable and here to help. 

Absolutley 

The Veterans’ Administration offers a one-time veterans automobile grant of $21,488.29 for 100% Service Connected Veterans that meet stringent guidelines. Veterans who are 100% Service Connected are eligible for two handicap vehicle conversions every four years or one every two years. Veterans that trade their modified vehicle in every two years typically have less out-of-pocket expense getting into a new wheelchair van than a veteran that trades at a later date. Veterans and service members can apply for the automobile and/or the special adaptive equipment grant by completing VA Form 21-4502. The Mobility Specialists at United Access work closely the local VA offices to make sure we have the most up to date information to help you through this purchase.

United Access proudly supports our countrys Veterans. Let us assist you in finding the right wheelchair accessible vehicle to fit your specific needs. We can help you access the grants and programs you’ve earned through your dedication and service.

Learn more about Veteran Grants & Resources.