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Should You Convert Your Minivan for Handicap Accessibility?

Blue Chrysler converted 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. If you don’t already own a van, or if you simply want the reassurance a new conversion brings, consider buying a minivan that’s already been modified for handicap mobility.

In deciding whether to modify a minivan you’ve already purchased or to buy a pre-modified wheelchair van from our inventory, there are several things to take into consideration before making your final decision. If you have a minivan that is compatible with the conversion process AMS offers, you can save money by converting your current vehicle for handicap accessibility. Otherwise, it may be more economical over the long term to purchase a pre-modified new or used mobility van from AMS Vans Inc.

Converting Your Minivan

AMS Vans accessibility modification does not void the OEM warranty, so time remaining  on a new or used minivan’s warranty is still good after the wheelchair van conversion. The new AMS Vans conversion comes with a three-year handicap modification warranty. If AMS Vans converts your existing minivan, you only pay for our services. A used van with a new accessibility conversion often provides dependability, often at a lower cost, along with a lower depreciation amount when you drive off the lot.

Buying a Pre-modified Wheelchair Minivan

If your minivan doesn't meet the requirements for an AMS mobility modification, purchasing a vehicle that's been pre-modified for wheelchair accessibility is a sensible and economical choice. Even if you already own a minivan, buying a pre-modified mobility vehicle has several advantages.

New and late-model used minivans often come with existing vehicle warranties. You also receive all the benefits, performance, and peace of mind that comes with AMS handicap conversion warranties. You can have your van in days instead of waiting weeks for the modification process. If you need your handicap minivan delivered, AMS Vans, Inc. can make it happen in as little as 24 hours when the vehicle in stock ready to be delivered, and if your location is within our expedited delivery area.

Should You Convert or Not Convert?

Convert my VW Routan Van

The decision to convert your existing van or minivan depends solely on your own preferences and what you expect from your vehicle. If you want to save money, retain your current vehicle and still wish to benefit from an AMS Vans conversion., modifying your current minivan for wheelchair accessibility may be the right choice for you. You’ll have a familiar vehicle with the reliable accessibility AMS Vans, Inc. offers its customers.

You may not want to convert if your current vehicle is nearing the end of its working life. Serious mechanical issues can prove costly to repair, and these vehicles may not meet the mechanical and structural guidelines for the handicap van conversion process. New accessible vehicles are an excellent alternative to putting a lot of work and money into a declining asset. The new warranties on the vehicle itself and AMS’ hardware give our customers peace of mind they may not have had with their current vehicle.

Both Options Offer AMS Vans, Inc. Quality Service

Whatever you decide, AMS Vans, Inc. will get you on the road as affordably, safely, and comfortably as possible. For more than a decade, AMS has continued to perfect its new and used handicap minivan manufacturing process. All used minivans modified by AMS go through a 134-point inspection before, during, and after the accessibility modification is complete to ensure your safety and comfort. As long as you own your AMS wheelchair accessible van, you'll have the benefit of our 24-hour, toll-free emergency help line.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2014 Used 2014 Toyota Sienna LE Wheelchair Van

USED Toyota Sienna LE
NEW Able2Go Genesis Conversion

$40,995 $41,995


  • Stock #: 496159
  • Mileage: 40,343 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry In-Floor Pwr
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, ADA Compliant
2017 New 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

NEW Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$43,495 $44,995


  • Stock #: 855459
  • Mileage: 26 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base
2017 Used 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan GT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan GT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$39,995 $41,495


  • Stock #: 674683
  • Mileage: 17,078 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Side Entry Bi-Fold Pwr
  • Features: Backup Camera, Bluetooth, Leather, 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Navigation System, Heated Seats, Remote Start, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, Pass. 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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