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Accessible Vehicles—Which One Suits Your Style?

If you’re 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. Let’s check them out so you can focus your search on the accessible vehicle that provides you with everything you want in wheelchair transportation.

Car

A car can’t be modified to allow the wheelchair user to enter the vehicle while in the chair, but there is mobility equipment that can assist with entering and exiting the car, as well as driving. Hand controls for driving can be installed in any vehicle, but it’s getting in and out of the vehicle and storing the wheelchair that presents the challenge for wheelchair users and cars. Powered wheelchair lifts enable people with disabilities to store their wheelchair in the trunk or back seat with little effort. Special powered seating can replace original-equipment-manufacturer seats to help get those with a mobility problem into and out of the car easily.

Optimally, an assistive power seat rotates out over the doorsill and lowers toward the ground to allow the wheelchair user to transfer from the wheelchair to the seat. Then the seat raises and turns into the vehicle, positioning the person perfectly for riding.

Minivan

Red Chrysler AMS Edge

When it comes to vehicle modification for wheelchair access, it’s hard to beat the minivan for a number of reasons. The minivan’s compact size makes it easier to park than a full-size van. There’s plenty of room inside a handicap accessible minivan to accommodate as many as two wheelchair users comfortably—easily done with a removable front seat. The touch of a button opens automatic sliding back doors on most models. Minivans can be modified for rear entry or side entry, where a non-slip ramp deploys for wheelchair entry and exit. Minivans are categorized as family cars, which require the highest in safety standards, so you’re protected by a plethora of regulations, and they’re fuel efficient, especially when compared to a full-size van.

Full-Size Van

Ford E150 Accessible Van

As you’ve probably already guessed, full-size vans are advantageous primarily because of their size—enough room for two wheelchair users and several able-bodied passengers. Caretakers can actually stand up in a full-size van when securing the wheelchair in place. There’s plenty of room for luggage and cargo. Of course, they have a more powerful engine than the wheelchair accessible minivan, and they use more gas. Full-size vans typically come with a motorized lift rather than a ramp to lift and lower the wheelchair user into and out of the accessible vehicle.

Pick-Up Truck

Accessible Pick-up Truck

Vans are not for everyone. For the more adventurous wheelchair user, or the person with mobility difficulty who needs to transport larger payloads for business, a pick-up truck can be adapted with special power seating and a wheelchair/mobility scooter lift to accommodate the person in a wheelchair. The seating can be installed in the driver or passenger position, and the lift can be attached somewhere along the bed of the truck to make storage simple.

SUV

Ford SUV

Poor gas efficiency and restricted interior space make SUVs the least practical candidate for wheelchair/scooter conversion, but it can be done. Typically, a power platform lift transports the person in a wheelchair into the back of the SUV and behind the front seats, after which the platform lift retracts and stores under the vehicle, and the wheelchair user locks the chair into place to prepare for travel. SUV conversions are almost always custom-built to order.

Now that you have all the choices, go find that accessible vehicle of your dreams!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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
2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$44,995 $45,995


  • Stock #: 558698
  • Mileage: 19 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$43,495 $44,995


  • Stock #: 855453
  • Mileage: 23 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base

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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