Wheelchair Blog from AMS Vans

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A physical disability presents unique challenges for the individual, the family and the caregivers. Our wheelchair blog is here to empower all of you with tips, trends in wheelchair technology, wheelchair news, inspiring stories, insightful interviews, medical breakthroughs, helpful links, the latest in adaptive products, disability news, upcoming events and, of course, information about AMS Vans' wheelchair accessible vehicles. We focus on anything and everything that enriches your life and makes it easier.

Buying a handicap accessible van is a defining moment in the life of an individual who wants manageable mobility beyond the wheelchair. We have handicap vans for sale, and we want to ensure the process—from the moment it begins—is as smooth as possible. When you purchase a wheelchair van from us, the process never truly ends, because you become part of the AMS family. Just like family, we stay in touch and care about your happiness.

We'd love to hear from you—even if it's just to say "hello!" Your thoughts matter, so take time to comment on the articles that interest you, inspire you, or provoke you. Every question, suggestion or concern you share with us helps us make our wheelchair blog better and more useful for all our readers. At AMS Vans, we want to get to know you, and we want you to get to know us!

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The ‘Sell My Braun Entervan’ Big FAQ for Sellers

One of the more popular and effective ways that AMS Vans customers help finance a new wheelchair accessible van (WAV) when it’s time to upgrade is to sell their old vehicle. We pride ourselves on providing multiple options for financing a WAV that other dealers don’t — including a willingness to buy-back your current van.

You heard us right — and, there’s no catch and no strings attached. We’re prepared to make you a firm, fair offer on your used wheelchair accessible van and put that money towards the WAV of your dreams. As the largest wheelchair accessible vehicle manufacturer and mobility dealer in the Southeast, we’re your one-stop mobility provider — including buying your old Braun Entervan.

To help make the process simple and straightforward, we’ve prepared our ‘Sell My Braun Entervan’ big FAQ for sellers — designed to answer all of your questions and make you feel comfortable with the entire process. Continue reading

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Help Wheelchair Users with Lessons in Wheelchair Etiquette

If a wheelchair isn’t a part of your daily life, it’s almost impossible to truly understand the challenges that wheelchair users face on a daily basis. Of course, accessibility is always a primary concern. But so is interacting with people who aren’t quite sure how to help wheelchair users.

Because the team at AMS Vans is a tireless advocate for true mobility freedom, today’s blog is a primer on a few critical accessibility issues: proper wheelchair etiquette, how to help wheelchair users in your life, and what not to say to a wheelchair user.

We hope that you’ll consider these ideas and practice conscious respect in an attempt to strengthen your relationships and improve the lives of those around you. And, if you have any additional suggestions on how to help wheelchair users that we miss or reactions to the topics we cover, please help our readers know more by leaving them in the comments section below. Continue reading

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The Ultimate Vehicle Wheelchair Lift FAQ

A vehicle wheelchair lift is one of those must-have mobility accessories that improves your quality of life in several different ways. It enables you to bring your wheelchair, powerchair, or mobility scooter with you wherever you go. And, it reduces the amount of time and effort you, your family members, or caregivers have to expend loading and unloading your favorite mobility solution.

If you don’t own a vehicle wheelchair lift — or you own an older model and you’re looking to upgrade — technology has had some amazing influences on today’s models. They are lighter, more durable, and more convenient than ever to operate and care for. Vehicle wheelchair lifts have experienced a true renaissance in both design and performance — including a reduction in price that makes them more affordable. Continue reading

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7-minute Mobility Guide: Exterior Wheelchair Lifts for Vehicles

If you have an over-sized wheelchair or power scooter, there are a wide range of wheelchair lifts for vehicles to enhance your mobility freedom. From hoists to lifts, there is a portability option to help you prepare your vehicle for travel. Our 7-minute mobility guide will discuss available models along with the accessories you’ll need to complete the setup.

Exterior wheelchair lifts for vehicles are mechanisms mounted to the outside of wheelchair-accessible vehicles that raise, lower, and secure larger wheelchairs and power scooters for transportation. They come in various sizes and designs that match your mobility device and the type of vehicle that you use. Wheelchair lifts for vehicles can also be mounted to RVs and motor homes for extended trips — a popular choice for retirees and road-lovers. Continue reading

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Best Wheelchair Lift Options for Your Accessible Van

If you or a family member has been struggling to get in and out of a wheelchair accessible vehicle, you know the effort is sometimes enough to discourage you from traveling entirely. An adaptable vehicle isn’t that much of a resource if it requires too much energy to operate. However, a new wheelchair lift can change your mobility outlook entirely.

A wheelchair lift is a powered device that raises or lowers a wheelchair and its occupant to assist in loading into or unloading from an adaptable vehicle. The wheelchair lift comes in different designs and operations to match the type of vehicle, the type of wheelchair, and the needs of the user. Let’s examine the various types of wheelchair lift options available and the implications of each model for your mobility freedom. Continue reading

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Handicap Conversion Vans Transformation Process

Handicap conversion vans go through a remarkable process of transformation to be made ready for wheelchair drivers and passengers. Expert mobility technicians go through a painstaking series of preparations to ensure that the vehicle is adjusted for fit and safety. Today’s post will highlight this conversion process — from initial measurements to the fitting of accessories — and give you a new appreciation for your adaptable vehicle.

If you’ve ever seen a traditional automobile go through the assembly line, you know mechanical arms go flying and showers of sparks fill the room. But handicap conversion vans go through a more intimate process — with expert mobility technicians personally seeing to crucial details that will keep you comfortable and safe.

It’s almost like these handicap conversion vans are created specifically for the people who buy them. And, here’s exactly how that happens… Continue reading

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What Makes a Handicap Wheelchair Van ADA-Compliant?

In 1990, Congress signed into a law an historic piece of legislation designed to protect individuals with disabilities. The American with Disabilities Act changed the disabled community forever — particularly with respect to employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. And, later, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 changed the way this country made the handicap wheelchair van…

Which is precisely what we’re going to discuss in today’s post. A set of revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design outlined specific characteristics for wheelchair vans. These standards improved significantly the safety and security for passengers of adaptable mobility vehicles. Although they are not required in every vehicle, buying a handicap wheelchair van for the ADA-compliant label is an assurance of quality and safety. Continue reading

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Want to Learn Internet Tricks to Shop for Wheelchair Access Vans?

There are few things as physically exhausting and mentally draining as shopping for wheelchair access vans. Driving long distances to car lots with a decent inventory. Moving across massive campuses — often under the glare of an afternoon sun. Dealing with pushy salespeople. Trying to keep track of what you’ve seen.

But imagine if you could shop for wheelchair access vans without ever leaving your home. Sitting in your pajamas having a second cup of coffee. Telling your computer exactly what kind of vehicles you wish to browse — right down to your favorite color. No blinding sun or aggravating rain. And no pushy salesperson trying to get you to buy the one wheelchair van he happens to have on the lot. Welcome to the future of car buying. Continue reading

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5 Used Wheelchair Van Shopping Mistakes You Can Avoid

For most customers, shopping for a used wheelchair van reveals a range of emotions that run from stressed to exhilarated. One on hand, you’re thrilled at the thought of finally achieving true mobility freedom. But there’s always that fear of buying the wrong vehicle and paying too much for it.

At AMS Vans, we’re ready to keep that from happening to you. The best way to enjoy your shopping experience is to have an idea of what you want, have a plan to get it, and make sure to avoid the most common vehicle shopping mistakes. Here are five you can master fairly quickly. Continue reading

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6 Wheelchair Accessible Van Summer Car Care Tips

Glaring sun. Blinding rain. Stop-and-go driving on congested roadways. The summer months can be a destructive time for your wheelchair accessible van. And because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, these summer car care tips are just what the mobility expert ordered.

The ideal summer car care process combines a handful of DIY activities that you or a caregiver can take care of at home. Those chores should be followed by quarterly visit to a mechanic for the more complicated procedures. Some tasks will require basic, affordable parts that can be found at any commercial auto store in your area. Continue reading