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Tips for Buying a Wheelchair Van or Handicap Vehicle

Buying a wheelchair accessible van shouldn't be overwhelming. Find articles about buying a handicap van below to learn how to save money buying a used wheelchair van for sale and other options available such as new handicap vans. We will help you make an informed decision about the type of wheelchair accessible vehicle that's the best fit for your lifestyle.

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan Wins JD Power Award

The 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan has added another award to their trophy case. J.D. Power and Associates recently announced that the Dodge Grand Caravan has been named the most dependable vehicle in its class.

Advantages of Buying a Wheelchair Van from AMS Vans, Inc.

Like any major purchase, buying a wheelchair accessible van is a huge decision, made even more meaningful by what's at stake--your mobility independence.

AMS Vans FAQ for Wheelchair Accessible Vans

We have compiled a resource for your most frequently asked questions regarding handicap vans for sale, rent, and mobility conversions.

Determining the Best Wheelchair Vehicle for You

Compare the benefits and setbacks of purchasing a wheelchair accessible minivan, car, full size van, conversion van, truck, SUV, or motorcycle.

Handicap Vans - Ramp vs Lift - Which is Better?

Choosing a wheelchair ramp over a lift system is a matter of budget and personal preference. Both get you safely in and out of wheelchair vans, however ramps tend to be more cost effective and take up less space leaving more room for passengers inside your vehicle.

Rear Entry vs Side Entry Wheelchair Van Conversions

Refer to our Side Entry versus Rear Entry comparison chart to help determine which conversion van is best for you.

Is A Kneeling System Necessary?

While the kneeling system serves a definite group of people with disabilities, many qualify for an AMS wheelchair accessible van and will discover the AMS conversion easily fits their needs.

Commercial Wheelchair Vans at Low Prices

New and used handicap van conversions are available nationwide for businesses including accessible taxis, nursing homes, on-emergency medical transport and other mobility companies.

Cheap Handicap Vans For Sale - and Why

AMS Vans combines used minivans, highly acclaimed, innovative conversion designs, an Internet-based "buy from home" program, and the best customer care in the industry to provide dependable, cheap handicap vans to customers who want affordable wheelchair transportation.

Personalizing Your Adapted Van

AMS Vans offers the safest, lowest price adapted vans for the best value in the industry. Whether you are buying a new or used handicap van or having your current Dodge, Chrysler, Honda, or Volkswagen minivan adapted for wheelchair accessibility, AMS Vans is your top choice nationwide.

The Special Needs People Who Need Special Transportation

Special needs vans are essential for wheelchair users to provide safe, reliable transportation. Something as simple as getting in and out of a non-accessible vehicle can put both the wheelchair user and the caretaker at risk for serious injury.

The Truth About Transport Wheelchairs

Moving a wheelchair user in and out of their regular wheelchair to a transport wheelchair can be dangerous. A wheelchair user does not have full use of his/her legs and cannot properly support his/her weight while going from wheelchair to the transport wheelchair, then from the transport wheelchair to the vehicle and back again.

How to Buy Used Wheelchair Vans Online

More and more families are choosing AMS Vans, Inc. for their wheelchair
accessible vehicles. The reason that we're becoming so popular is that
we care about what we do, and it shows in every step of our customer
service

Accessible Vehicles—Which One Suits Your Style?

If you are just beginning your search for a handicap accessible vehicle, this is a good place to start. You may not realize that almost any type of vehicle can be modified for wheelchair users—both drivers and passengers.

Wheelchair Accessible Vans, New or Used?

Are you or someone you know in the market for a wheelchair accessible van?

Wheelchair Minivans - Ideal Transportation for Drivers with Disabilities

For a wheelchair user, the simple act of going to the store can be a very time-consuming and potentially dangerous
situation. AMS Vans specializes in custom conversion wheelchair minivans
at a low cost without compromising safety.

Disability Vans for Commercial Use

Transporting wheelchair users in a vehicle other than a disability van can be back breaking and put either you or your loved one at risk for serious injury. AMS Handicap Vans has been in business for more than a decade and prioritizes on providing the best value and lowest price guaranteed!

The Ins and Outs of Wheelchair Ramp Vans

Wheelchair ramp vans are vans specifically customized to meet the needs of wheelchair users and other people that have mobility hardships.

How to Purchase a Handicap Van--No Matter Where You Live

Handicap Minivans for Mobility Freedom and Independence

AMS Vans is the premier source for handicap minivans with nationwide handicap van sales and rentals.

Wheelchair Vans and Non-Emergency Medical Transport

The need for non-emergency medical transport is rising, as the US population simply ages or those with disabilities increasingly seek mobility to and from doctor appointments and routine hospital visits. Long-channel wheelchair accessible (and gurney accessible!) vans can offer the perfect solution.

Handicap Van Accessories: Professional Installation or Do-It-Yourself?

You can purchase handicap accessories for vehicles at a number of places, including online wheelchair van dealerships and local dealerships, and you may be handy enough to install the accessory yourself--but you shouldn't and, if you're dealing with a reputable mobility equipment sales company, you can't.

Wheelchair Van Shopping: A Guide For Parents

Conversion designs, which have improved over several decades, now make accessible vans safer, more reliable, more convenient, and easier to use than ever before. The most innovative conversion designs have given rise to an expanding market of surprisingly affordable handicap accessible minivans--great news for the parent of a child with disabilities that require a wheelchair. If you're pondering the purchase of an adapted van, the information below should prove helpful.

A Weighty Question About Wheelchair Vans

If you're shopping for new or used handicap vans for sale, it's important for you to know that your weight combined with the weight of your wheelchair determines which van or vehicle style will suit your needs best. Do you know the combined weight of you and your mobility device?

What Makes a Wheelchair Van Certified Used?

As you'd expect, used wheelchair accessible vans for sale have been around since just after adapted vans were first manufactured and, typically, each conversion manufacturer develops a certification system for used vans. But they do have industry guidance.

Handicap Vans and Home Healthcare Companies

If you're an independent private-duty nurse or considering the start-up of a home care company, a handicap accessible van just might provide your biggest return on investment.

How Handicap Van Jump Seats Work

Jump seats can be installed in both side entry and rear entry mobility vans, and you can purchase a single or double jump seat, depending upon the cabin configuration and the amount of passenger seating you require.

Wheelchair Van Seating Options

When shopping for wheelchair vans, you should be aware of the seating flexibility in adapted vans. A variety of accessible equipment is available to accommodate your cabin seating preferences.

Wheelchair Van Testimonials: How to Use Them and What They Mean

A recent study by global public relations company Weber Shandwick confirms that shoppers seek out and give credence to customer reviews and testimonials moreso than the reviews of professional critics.

Top Disability Resources for Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Use these top U.S. resources for help with disability, mobility, and wheelchair accessible transportation. Click on the logo to access the site.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2015 Used 2015 Ram ProMaster 1500 136 WB Wheelchair Van

USED Ram ProMaster 1500 136 WB
USED Tempest X Conversion

$65,499 $66,999


  • Stock #: 520753X
  • Mileage: 11,877 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Lift Pwr
  • Features: N/A
2012 Used 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring L Wheelchair Van

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring L
USED VMI Northstar Conversion

$39,999 $41,999


  • Stock #: 323208
  • Mileage: 22,717 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: N/A
2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$33,495 $33,995


  • Stock #: 180968T
  • Mileage: 39,677 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, 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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