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Determining the Best Wheelchair Vehicle for You

This section will help you determine the best wheelchair vehicle for your specific needs.

AMS Wheelchair Minivan

Wheelchair Accessible Mini Van

Pros: You'll find ample interior space, great gas mileage, ease of parking, an extended 4" ramp to negate the need for a kneeling system, easy transfer in/out of driver seat for wheelchair van drivers, indoor wheelchair storage, fast in/out with ramp for wheelchair passengers, and that's just for starters. Walk-through seating is another bonus—people can move around the van cabin smoothly. Sliding power doors open and close the door for you. Minivans offer a lower point of gravity than the SUV, decreasing the chance for a rollover, and they have a higher weight capacity than an SUV. The biggest reason minivans stand out? In a word, price. A wheelchair minivan is significantly less expensive than a full-size SUV with comparable interior space, and they're one of the least-expensive vehicle classes to insure. Finally, the minivan handles more like a car than a truck, making operation less complicated.

Cons: Not available for extra-wide (30"+) or extra-tall (57"+) wheelchair users.

Mobility Cars

Pros: Mobility cars look great and have potentially better gas mileage than handicap-accessible minivans. Parking is simple, and if you only need hand controls, you can drive sport cars.

Cons: Often the entire trunk or back seat is taken up by the wheelchair, and you can't just roll in and remain in the chair.

Full-Size Handicap Van

Pros: Full-size handicap vans offer a lot of interior space and are useful for extra-large wheelchairs wider than 28" or weighing more than 500 lbs. (with the chair and person combined). This is achievable with a raised roof or the floor lowered six inches.

Cons: Full-size vans are somewhat difficult to park and require more gas. If the floor isn't lowered, the wheelchair user can't see out the windows.

Wheelchair Conversion Van with Kneeling System

Wheelchair Van with Kneeling System

Pros: Optimal for tall wheelchairs with headrests exceeding 54" and wide wheelchairs exceeding 28". Vast interior space for storage or passengers.

Cons: More gas required. Raised roof may prevent the vehicle from fitting in your garage.

Disability Accessible Truck

Pros: Trucks are useful for those who need to transport a lot of equipment, hitches are available for use, and you won't look like a soccer mom if you live in Texas.

Cons: Expensive to convert. Transfer is done outside the vehicle while you are exposed to the heat or cold. Requires more gas.

SUV

Pros: The SUV is great for style and interior space. The SUV is an off-road vehicle with 4-wheel drive that is useful for extreme snow conditions.

Cons: Typically gas efficiency is not as great as mobility cars, minivans, and trucks. The transfer device is very expensive, and typically you won't have a ramp to easily enter and exit the vehicle.

MV-1

Pros:The MV-1 is specifically designed as a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, requiring only one warranty, rather than a warranty for the base vehicle and another for the modification only, and this vehicle includes several adaptive "bells and whistles".

Cons: The price can exceed that of a used adapted minivan by thousands, and the mileage per gallon (MPG) can be less than an accessible minivan.

The MV stands for mobility vehicle, and it's the first vehicle designed and built from the ground up for wheelchair accessibility. Neither an SUV nor a full-size van, the American-made MV-1 debuted in 2011, and, because it’s the first handicap vehicle built exclusively for the purpose of wheelchair accessible transport, it is in a class by itself. Using recommendations from wheelchair users and caregivers, MV-1 designers created a car with enhanced structural integrity, an anti-slip ramp surface and ramp lighting, a wider side-deployable ramp and entry way that is beyond Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant, and a few other disability-focused enhancements.

Wheelchair Motorcycle

Pros: Operate from your wheelchair with handy drive in/out motorcycle seating.

Cons: Driver and wheelchair are exposed to the weather. There's no storage space, no passenger room, it's not safe in an accident, and it's difficult to turn the motorcycle.

Still not sure if an AMS wheelchair van is right for you? Consider trying one of our handicapped van rentals to help you decide. We're confident that you'll love our mobility vans!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2013 Used 2013 Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD Wheelchair Van

USED Honda Odyssey EX-L w/DVD
NEW AMS Legend H Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: 008640
  • Mileage: 74,244 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty
2011 Used 2011 Volkswagen Routan SE Wheelchair Van

USED Volkswagen Routan SE
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$29,995 $30,690


  • Stock #: 766798T
  • Mileage: 85,285 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, DVD Player, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
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

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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