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Wheelchair Van Conversions Made Simple

Wheelchair Van Conversions Made Simple

AMS Vans has been in the wheelchair van industry since 1999, and in that time, we've taken note of some issues other handicap van manufacturers encounter with their conversions. Our observations have shown us how we can improve the operation of a conversion van by avoiding historically common mechanical failures through more reliable engineering designs. Ultimately, the AMS Vans difference benefits our customers in several ways.

Through research and testing, AMS Vans has eliminated 20% of the mechanisms that cause 80% of the problems for other handicap van conversions. Removing these elements from AMS Vans handicap accessible vehicles saves you frustration, hassle, and of course repair costs. Our goal is to provide genuinely affordable wheelchair transportation, and to help your van stay on the road!

How Simple is the AMS Vans Wheelchair Van Conversion?

The AMS Vans handicap accessible van conversion is so simple that it's frequently possible for some do-it-yourself enthusiasts to perform repairs on their AMS Vans wheelchair van themselves! In fact, if you are mechanically inclined and prefer to maintain or repair approved warranty items, we welcome you to do so in most cases. (It's essential that you call us before you attempt any repairs yourself to protect your warranty. Larger repairs may require a professional mechanic.) If you choose to have your repairs done professionally, we'll identify a local certified mechanic as close to your home as possible to do the work.

How We Build the AMS Vans Brand Wheelchair Van with Simplicity:

1. The AMS Vans wheelchair van conversion does not include a kneeling system.
Kneeling systems are expensive (typically over $4,000), and are known to malfunction frequently. They typically play a big part in the 20% of conversion van components that can cause 80% of the problems on other handicap vehicles. AMS Vans extends its non-slip ramps an additional 4", which decreases the incline to make it easier for the wheelchair user to enter and exit the van, avoiding the need for a kneeling system and simplifying the design of our affordable inventory of mobility van conversions.

2. We run our wheelchair ramp off the car battery.
This elementary design aspect of our handicap vans makes the conversion easier to repair, and, therefore, usually unnecessary to go to a costly mobility van service center. In bypassing the van's original computer and running directly off the battery, AMS Vans removes the need to interface with the original manufacturer's electronics.

3. The remote system used by AMS Vans does not modify the electronics of the vehicle.
Avoiding the van's onboard electronics keeps the design simple and, in turn, causes fewer issues down the road. Our conversion minivans come with a back-up manual operation mode for the wheelchair ramp. With manual back-up, you and your loved ones should never be stranded in case of power failure, a van computer-module failure or other problems.

AMS Vans also doesn't modify the interface between the van and its computer, like other mobility companies do. Common sense indicates modifying that part of the vehicle could cause problems with the van's electronics over time.

4. AMS Vans conversions feature a cable-driven wheelchair ramp system.
The AMS Vans accessibility system is designed with a minimum of moving parts. The ramp operates by a simple cable system that enables it to be easily fixed, and which requires minimal upkeep. We offer both manually operated and powered ramp systems, and our powered ramps have a manual override, so you'll never be stuck inside or outside the van.

5. AMS Vans conversions are engineered for strength and safety.
At AMS Vans, we keep in mind that the most important part of our business is our customers. The AMS Vans new and used handicap minivan conversions are accessible to wheelchair users without adding all the extra bells and whistles, and we do everything in our power to provide a vehicle that is as safe, strong and easy to use as possible, including a free set of highly rated wheelchair tiedowns. And that's not all.

The 10" lowered-floor wheelchair van modification is constructed of heavy-gauge carbon steel, an ideal metal floor pan construction because it provides maximum structural strength and durability. The entire floor pan unit is dipped for rust prevention. We also include a heavy-duty, multi-leaf, rear-spring suspension to handle heavy cargo loads without sagging.

Each of our handicap vans must pass a 134-point inspection before, during, and after the accessibility conversion process, before we will add it to our inventory. We're proud to say our all our conversion styles are crash-test certified by the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (NHTSA).

6. Our wheelchair van conversion keeps as much of the vehicle's structure as possible.
The B pillar, a vertical post on the driver's side that aids the support of the roof of the van, is not cut or altered in any way during the handicap van modification as it is in other manufacturers' accessibility conversion designs. By keeping the B Pillar, the van maintains much of its original structure. This should help increase the stability of your accessible van.

Also, AMS Vans leaves the Original Equipment Manufacturers' (OEM) rocker panel box on the driver's side in place during the van conversion. The rocker panel is a piece of metal that runs along the bottom of the vehicle directly underneath the doors. It can provide protection for the door panel from tar, dirt, and other debris from the road, as well as support the structure of the vehicle to better withstand impact in case of an accident.

Simply Superior...

Whether you're looking for a fully converted vehicle or would like to get your personal minivan modified for handicap accessibility, we're here to help. AMS Vans provides incomparable customer service. One of our experienced mobility consultants can provide specific details and work with you to determine which of our road-ready vans will best suit you, your lifestyle, and your budget.

Easy to use, remarkably affordable, and as safe and reliable--if not more--as any other wheelchair van on the road today. That's the AMS Vans difference!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2008 Handicap Van for Sale - 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 1D8HN54P18B101882

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
USED AMS Legend Conversion

$23,999 $24,999

  • Stock #: 101882A
  • Mileage: 106,627 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Heated Seats, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Lowered Floor
2010 Handicap Van for Sale - 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Touring Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2A4RR5D19AR463351

USED Chrysler Town & Country Touring
USED AMS Legend Conversion

$19,999 $20,499

  • Stock #: 463351A
  • Mileage: 121,601 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Lowered Floor
2013 Handicap Van for Sale - 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RDGCGXDR788309

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$27,499 $30,190

  • Stock #: 788309T
  • Mileage: 95,939 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Lowered Floor

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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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)


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


  • 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


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


  • 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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