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Converting Your Minivan for Wheelchair Accessibility

Learn more about converting a minivan to be handicap-accessible with a wheelchair ramp.

Modifying a minivan to a wheelchair-accessible van is a popular option for those whose personal minivans are eligible for the AMS Vans conversion. Discover more about converting your own minivan into a new conversion van or pre-owned converted minivan for wheelchair- or scooter-accessibility.

We are able to convert several van models from a variety of manufacturersincluding the ever-popular Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan.

Should I Convert My Minivan for Handicap Accessibility?

Mobility is a concern for those who require use of a wheelchair, scooter, or other handicap accessibility device. If you already own a minivan, your vehicle may be a prime candidate for wheelchair access modification.
  

How Do I Know Who to Trust for the Conversion Process?

While the process of transforming your standard minivan into a functional, durable wheelchair-accessible vehicle is not as complex as it may seem, the experience and expertise of the technicians — as well as the reputation of the company behind the conversion — make all the difference in the world with respect to safety and quality.
  

Is My Vehicle a Candidate for Wheelchair Accessible Conversion?

If you're currently driving an unmodified minivan, chances are that it can be converted into versatile wheelchair-accessible transportation. Factors that determine your van's conversion eligibility include (1) the make and model; (2) the manufacture year; and, (3) the total mileage of the vehicle.
  

Should I Consider a Side-Entry Wheelchair Van Conversion?

More used accessible vans for sale on the market feature side-entry style ramp deployment than rear ramp deployment for several good reasons — most notably, the ability of the wheelchair-user to ride in the front passenger seat; or, even to drive the vehicle personally.

Other benefits unique to the side-entry conversion include:

  • Seating options and configurations similar to standard vehicles — such as the inclusion of the standard rear bench
  • Vehicle access remains as natural as standard vans — specifically entering and exiting the van from the side of accessible parking spaces
  • Greater flexibility with respect to floor plan configurations — including your choice of more wheelchairs or more able-bodied passengers
  • Simple, straightforward operation of the wheelchair ramp — with the option of a kneeling system to lower the ramp angle in powered models  

Should I Consider a Rear-Entry Wheelchair Van Conversion?

Besides the obvious difference between rear- and side-entry wheelchair vans, a couple of other notable distinctions set apart the two conversion styles and might influence your final choice — such as the rear-entry's exceptional affordability and simpler transformation process.

Other benefits unique to the rear-entry conversion include:

  • A typically more affordable conversion installation process — the rear bench is removed and replaced with the ramp mechanism
  • The option to use regular parking spaces — rear-entry access means never having to wait for disabled-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair users are commonly situated in the center of the vehicle — the position determined to be the safest in the event of a collision
  • Greater ground clearance to handle uneven roadways — including speed bumps; car wash and parking lot entrances; snow piles; etc.

The knowledgeable, compassionate mobility specialists at AMS Vans are standing by to listen to your needs, answer your questions, and offer you objective guidance in helping you to choose the conversion style that fits your unique lifestyle.


For the attention and support you deserve, simply (1) give us a call at 844-899-8267; or, (2) send us an email to questions@amsvans.com — your road to mobility freedom could start right now.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RDGCG7HR545854

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Vans Legend II Conversion

$35,694 $36,194


  • Stock #: 545854T
  • Mileage: 41,822 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RDGCG2HR558267

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Vans Legend II Conversion

$34,999 $35,499


  • Stock #: 558267
  • Mileage: 42,968 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, Lowered Floor
2017 Handicap Van for Sale - 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Accessible Van VIN: 2C4RDGCG6HR547093

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Vans Legend II Conversion

$34,999 $35,499


  • Stock #: 547093
  • Mileage: 42,037 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Kneeling, 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

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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