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Raymond Hewitt (purchasing a van for his parents) was one of my most memorable sales in the 6 years of my employment at AMS. Raymond was a stickler for details and was not an easy sale. He asked me every question in the book and then some. He was certainly not going to purchase a wheelchair van for his parents sight unseen. He was just not going to take that risk. Price was important to him, but more important was the product quality and knowing that the van was going to work for his dad. He decided that he had to come to Atlanta to know for sure.

When Raymond arrived to inspect, purchase, and return home with his parents van, he ended up spending most of the day with me.

The decision was tough. His dad needed lots of care and this van purchase was very important. When he got here, we looked and looked, measured and measured again, called home and discussed every detail with his parents but he just couldn't land it in his mind whether this van was the right van.

Then came Zeke to save the day. It just so happened that Zeke was in a similar chair to his dad. Zeke, joined the laborious endeavor and after a few demonstrations getting in and out of the van, Raymond was satisfied that the van was going to work and serve his parents needs.

Raymond and I test drove the van and he shared his heart with me and I saw the incredible love he had for his dad. I was moved by the level of love displayed by this grown man. As we talked, we found common ground in our faith although he admitted his faith had been tried and stretched over the years. We returned to the office to complete the paperwork and let him get started on the long trip home. It was in my small office, as we talked, that some walls came down and we began to discuss the real important things of life - that our only hope is found in Christ, and that we should never be too busy to take the time to know people. We both teared as we talked and our hearts were eternally knitted together.

Before Raymond left the office, I presented him with the hand made prayer blanket and explained to him that "our real desire was not for his parents to buy this van, but for his father to receive life and be healed in his body, soul, and spirit. We believe in a God that heals and a God that Loves. We pray over each blanket and ask God for restoration for every customer, his dad included." As I completed my explanation of the blanket, Raymond began to sob and express deep gratitude. He knew then that his mom would cherish it and it would mean a lot to her.

Raymond and I have spoken several times over the last couple of years. He has been one of our biggest advocates, often entertaining ideas as to how he could help us get the word out to everyone that there is an affordable solution and that there are people who care.

Today, I received a call from Raymond. His father recently passed away and his mom no longer needs the van. Raymond was careful to tell me that he believed that the van extended his dad's life by enabling him to get to the needed appointments over the last couple of years. He talked about how important it was to his family for his dad to be transported with dignity and the love of family as opposed to hired transportation companies. He made sure to tell me that the van performed flawlessly for the years that they used it. He expressed gratitude that brought tears to my eyes.

Finally, he asked me if we still made "those blankets". I told him that recently we had stopped providing the blankets to our customers. One of the primary seamstress was now selling vans and just didn't have the time. He wanted me to know that as his father lie in his bed dying at home with his family, his mother kept that blanket draped over his father. She was so touched by that blanket and held it as a prized possession of hope for her husband. Although, Raymond's father has moved into the next phase of life, his mother still keeps the blanket and has made mention of it's value to her.

As Raymond finished sharing with me, I found myself moved to tears. Raymond show me a level of love I had never seen before. He was doing so much for his parents and I was amazed at his self-less giving and true love for his dad. Some days I forget that every caller, every visitor, every co-worker is a person - a child of God - and that I have the power to impart life and hope or fear and death. Do not under-estimate the value of what you do. Do not take for granted the breath of life. Do not fail to take the time to care. It matters! What you are doing - cleaning vans, talking to customers, building links, programming widgets, reconciling bank accounts, or hugging another - make a difference and it matters! Every person you encounter has something to give you as well if you will only look.

Thanks for reading and for letting me share my story!=

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2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
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  • Stock #: 344560
  • Mileage: 50,400 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Short
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge Conversion

$29,995 $30,495


  • Stock #: 179734
  • Mileage: 46,974 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Short
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
2014 Used 2014 Toyota Sienna LE Wheelchair Van

USED Toyota Sienna LE
NEW Able2Go Genesis Conversion

$40,995 $41,995


  • Stock #: 496159
  • Mileage: 40,343 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, ADA Compliant

Vehicle Exterior


Exterior Appearance Inspection

  • Panel alignment/fit
  • Headlamp, taillamp/lens condition
  • Windshield/glass condition
  • Paint chips and scratches
  • Body damage/dents/dings
  • Trim and moldings

Vehicle Identification

  • In place and matching
  • Inspect certification label (federal requirement)
  • Check VIN label to paperwork
  • Check for non-completed recalls

Exterior Lights Function Properly and Illuminate as Designed

  • Headlights hi/low (including aim)
  • Parking lights/fog lights
  • License plate lights
  • Side marker lights
  • Tail lights / backup lights
  • Turn signal and cornering lights
  • Brake and high-mount stoplights
  • Emergency Flashers

Keys

  • Vehicle has 2 master key with remote entry (if applicable) and 2 valet key, flat key
  • Programmed to immobilizer

Door Lock System

  • Door opens/closes smoothly using interior and exterior door handles
  • Doors cannot be opened when lock button is in lock position
  • 2-turn unlock feature functions properly
  • Remote entry system operates properly
  • Theft-deterrent system functions properly
  • Child safety locks
  • Wireless door lock operation

Vehicle Interior


Interior Appearance Inspection

  • Seats: front/rear
  • Steering wheel/airbags
  • Armrests/door handles
  • Lower door and sill plates
  • Gearshift selection handle
  • Radio/AC control markings
  • Headliners/sun visors

Seat Belts

  • Extend/retract smoothly
  • Free of twists, cuts or signs of wear
  • Buckles lock securely

Seat Operation

  • Lumbar support operation
  • Memory control operates properly*
  • Headrest functions properly
  • Heaters function properly*
  • Seat cushion angle and height adjustment
  • Seatback angle adjustment

Power Windows / Locks

  • Function Properly

Trunk/Fuel Lid Release

  • Functions Properly (interior)

Glove Compartment

  • Contains portfolio, owner's manual, supplement

Steering Wheel

  • Tilt/telescopic functionability
  • Horn functions properly
  • Steering wheel controls
  • Steering wheel locks
  • Warning chime (key in -- door open)

Windshield Wiper

  • Functions in hi/low/intermittent
  • Wiper blades clean properly
  • Rain sensing wipers*

Dashboard Lights Illuminate as Designed

  • Turn signal: left/right
  • High beam indicator
  • Emergency flashers
  • Instrument panel control knob
  • Waring lights: oil pressure, brake, fuel, charge, seatbelt, open door, engine check, rear light failure, ABS, SRS
  • Check operation of guages

Rear Defogger

  • Functions properly

Air Conditioner / Heater

  • Climate control system functions properly for both heating and cooling

Interior Lights

  • Dome/map/vanity mirror/courtesy lamps/foot function properly

Audio/Navigation System

  • Power/volume switch functions properly
  • Preset station indicator
  • Cassette/CD function (scan, seek, rewind, fast forward) operates properly
  • Navigation system operates properly*
  • Speakers sound clear
  • CD cartridge (if applicable)

Sunroof

  • Tilt/slide operates properly

Clock/Cigarette Lighters/Ashtray/Cupholders

  • Function properly

Outside/Inside Rearview Mirrors

  • Power controls function properly

Luggage Compartment


Luggage Compartment

  • Spare tire size, sidewall condition, tread depth and air pressure
  • Spare tire and attaching hardware, cover, jack, jack tools and wheel lock (if applicable) are present, properly installed and secure
  • Manual fuel lid release operates

Under The Hood


Engine Hood Release

  • Interior release operates properly

The Following Fluid Levels Meet Industry Standard

  • Engine oil replaced and proper level
  • Automatic transmission fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Power steering fluid level
  • Engine coolant fluid level
  • Washer fluid level

Engine Mechanical

  • Excessive fuel pump noise
  • Cooling system (radiator, overflow tank, hoses, coolant level)
  • Water pump (noise/leaks)
  • Air filter (replace as necessary)
  • Inspect oil for contaminants
  • Engine noise (knocks, rattles)
  • Transmission noise (whines, clunks)
  • Belts (wear or damage)
  • Check engine diagnostics

Battery

  • No damage or leakage and proper group size/amp rating
  • Tests to standards

Engine Fans

  • Function properly

Under the Vehicle

Tires (Minimum tread depth 5/32")

  • FL: _______/32"
  • RL: _______/32"
  • FR: _______/32"
  • RR: _______/32"
  • Sidewall condition
  • Proper size, type and match
  • Tire pressure

Wheels

  • Condition/size/fit
  • Check wheel lug-nut torque

Brake Inspection (Minimum 6mm of pad material required)

  • FL: _______mm
  • RL: _______mm
  • FR: _______mm
  • RR: _______mm
  • Rotors show no signs of excessive wear, warpage or heat damage
  • Calipers, lines, and hoses show no sign of excessive wear or leakage
  • Parking brake assemblies, cables, and attaching hardware show no sign of excessive wear or damage

Chassis Inspection (No sign of damage or excessive wear)

  • Frame rails and floor pan
  • Subframe
  • Engine mounts and oil pan for leaks
  • Brake lines and couplings
  • Transmission case/pan for leaks
  • Drive shaft boots and CV joints
  • Fuel lines, fuel tank, hoses and protectors
  • Steering rack, linkage, bushings, control arms and dust boots
  • Differential assembly, drive shaft and related components
  • Exhaust system (including leakage)
  • Transmission mounts
  • Tie rods, ball joints, idler arm
  • Catalytic converter
  • Struts/shocks for operation/leaks

Under Vehicle Fluid Levels

  • Differential lubricant level -- check for contaminants

Road Test (Vehicle Operation)


Engine

  • Start-up
  • Idles normally
  • While driving, engine performs normally
  • Starter system operates normally
  • Shift Lock

Brakes

  • Brake and parking brake function normally
  • Brake and clutch pedal height, free play and travel meet specs.

Indicator Lights

  • No warning lights illuminate during road test

Transmission

  • T/M shifts properly (both power/normal mode)
  • TRAC/VSC and ECT control functions and indicator lights function properly

Steering/Suspension

  • Steering operation is normal
  • Off-center psecifications meet standards
  • Handling, straight-line operations

Cruise Control

  • Functions properly

Noise or Vibration

  • None present

Squeaks or Rattles

  • None present

* -- If Applicable

Service Guarantee

AMS Vans promises to deliver the best wheelchair accessible van available on the market today..... simply put if you are not fully satisfied with your wheelchair accessible van upon delivery---you can refuse it at no cost to you.

With nearly two decades of experience; manufacturing, selling, and delivering over 12,000 vans nationwide, our dedicated team of certified technicians will not allow your van to leave our Atlanta facility until its right!

Please contact one of our experienced Mobility Specialists today and ask about our three step quality control process.

AMS Vans looks forward to serving your family by providing you with a van that is worthy of our own.

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