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How to Buy Used Wheelchair Vans Online

Choosing a car

More and more individuals and families are turning to the Internet to find and purchase their wheelchair accessible vehicles. Buying online—even for big-ticket items like cars and boats—is quickly becoming the purchasing method of choice for Americans in the 21st century. The convenience, reliability, and cost-saving aspects of online buying make Internet shopping incredibly attractive—and, today, you can find, purchase, and have the perfect accessible vehicle delivered to your driveway without leaving the comforts of home. Here's how!

Find a Proven, Reputable Online Dealer

There are several reputable wheelchair van dealers online, and most sell safe, reliable new and used handicap vehicles of various makes, models, colors, and conversion styles, so finding a suitable, used handicap van online shouldn't be difficult. If affordability is your top priority, you can narrow the field by checking their online inventory to see which Internet-based dealers offer the greatest number of certified used handicap vans at prices in your range. Also, a dealership with a professional conversion company onsite eliminates expenses that would otherwise add to the cost of a van. Keep in mind, people with disabilities have access to low-cost loans, grants, mobility rebates and other avenues for funding assistive technology in part or completely, including used wheelchair vans. When you find an online dealer with extensive experience and positive testimonials from customers, pick up the phone and call.

Work With a Mobility Consultant Online or By Phone

Buying a Handicap van online

The only thing you lose by working with an online accessible vehicle dealer is the ability to physically check out the van before you buy it. That said, thousands of individuals and families nationwide who have purchased a certified used wheelchair vehicle online will attest to their complete satisfaction with the vehicle they bought sight-unseen (except for a photo) when it was delivered to their home or office. An online mobility consultant with a reputable web-based company has the knowledge and expertise to ask the necessary questions, provide you with all the necessary information, and direct you toward one or more used vehicles perfect for you in the dealer's inventory. The standard process for an online mobility consultant works like this:

  1. When you contact a mobility consultant, the conversation begins with some basic questions: Who's in the wheelchair (an adult or a child)? Is it a manual wheelchair, a power chair or a mobility scooter? Will the wheelchair user be the driver or a passenger? What are the measurements of the chair? Where does the wheelchair passenger want to be seated? Do you have a make, model, or color preference for the van? What's your budget?
  1. Once you've answered the essential questions, the mobility consultant creates a personal profile which includes the best modification style for your particular needs. A side entry ramp works well for both drivers and passengers. A rear entry ramp is more economical, and, depending on the design, can hold two passengers in wheelchairs. You'll discover you have a number of options. You can purchase a used, unmodified van from the company's inventory and have it made handicap accessible with a brand-new conversion, or you can choose a used van with an existing, used conversion. If you already have a minivan, you can have it converted for wheelchair access. During your conversations with the consultant, you'll begin to get an idea of the kind of van you require and the price range. With this information, you can begin to line up a loan, apply for grants, hold fundraisers or identify other means of funding, if you haven't already started that process. The company's web site should provide a vast amount of guidance for funding options and how to obtain them. Highly customer-focused online dealerships will provide both national and state adaptive equipment-funding sources.
  1. At this point, the consultant searches the company's inventory for one or more vehicles to present to you for consideration. Every vehicle will be explained to you in detail, including all the reasons why a particular van will work best for you. When you make your choice, the process to make your wheelchair van ready for delivery—including all paperwork—begins! If you've chosen a used minivan that needs a new conversion, it might take a few weeks before delivery, but if you choose a used handicap minivan with a used conversion, you might get your freedom and independence in as little as 24 hours!

Have Your Used Wheelchair Van Delivered

Wheelchair van delivered

It only makes sense that a company selling handicap vans online nationwide will have several delivery options available, including pick-up from their facility, which would be the most cost-effective of all. Delivery prices vary by method and distance. Typically, you can have the car driven to you by one of the dealer's mobility professionals, or you can have it delivered by truck and trailer, which saves mileage on your vehicle. Either way, a customer-driven online company will guarantee 100% satisfaction on delivery. When your van is delivered, three things should happen:

  • The mobility professional who delivers your van should be happy to take your vehicle to a local mechanic for inspection at your request.
  • The mobility professional will take all the time necessary to go over the proper operation of every feature of the van and the conversion, making sure you are comfortable and confident you can operate the vehicle safely.
  • If you are unhappy with the wheelchair accessible van for any reason, the mobility professional should return the van with no questions asked, cancel the sale and process a full refund.

The Bottom Line

The very best online used wheelchair van dealers will offer value-added services and products, like a toll-free, 24-hour help line to assist you in locating a certified mechanic for van and conversion repair anywhere in the US, an exceptional warranty on newly converted vans, purchase and installation of peripheral adaptive equipment like hand controls, wheelchair lifts, and transfer seating, a handicap van rental component, and opportunities for people who want to sell an accessible vehicle, like mobility classifieds, a sell-on-consignment opportunity, and a buy-back program for existing customers.

In our digital world, buying a used wheelchair van online is as wonderful and worry-free as it sounds!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

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: 46,927 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

$41,995 $42,995


  • Stock #: 496159
  • Mileage: 40,343 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, ADA Compliant
2015 Used 2015 Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15 Wheelchair Van

USED Ford Transit Wagon 350 XLT 15
NEW AMS Ford Rear/Side Conversion

$41,495 $41,995


  • Stock #: A58762
  • Mileage: 43,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side or Rear Entry Lift
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Parking Sensors, 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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