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Why Should I Choose a Side Entry Wheelchair Van Conversion?

If You Plan To Drive, It's the Way To Go

Choosing a side entry wheelchair van

Even if you won't be driving, a side entry conversion is an excellent choice for your personal minivan. You may have already noticed that more used accessible vans for sale feature side-entry ramp deployment than rear deployment, and there are several good reasons for the popularity of the side entry style.

Ramped-Up Power

Remote power is standard on side entry conversions. One button on your key fob operates your van's side door, and one "up" or "down" button retracts or deploys its wheelchair ramp. Easy! Even more, the AMS wheelchair van ramp deployment system can be stopped mid-cycle if ever needed. Most ramp systems do not have this potential accident-saving feature. In addition, because power ramps have manual back-up systems, you'll never be stuck inside or outside your van. Along with a remote control, you'll have a powered ramp-deployment button conveniently located in the cabin's interior, too.

A Driving Passion

Those whose mobility impairment doesn't affect their ability to drive wheelchair vans will find the side entry the better option for entering the vehicle and, then, either transferring from the wheelchair to an adaptive driver's seat or having a removable driver's seat and a wheelchair lock-down system in the driver's position.

Can't Beat the Seating

Many agree that the side-entry conversion offers wheelchair users the best seat in the house (the best seat in the van)--the front-passenger seat. Have a wheelchair docking system installed beneath the removable seat, and when the seat's out, you're in! Combine wheelchair tie-downs or a docking system in mid-cabin with a removable front-passenger seat and docking system in that position and you've got room for two wheelchair passengers, as well as the additional ambulatory-passenger seating in the cabin's factory standard third row.

What's the Flip Side?

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Because side ramp deployment--the clear favorite in handicap vans--is more complex to manufacture than the rear entry, and because powered ramps are standard in this version (as opposed to manually operated ramps, which are standard in rear entry conversions), you'll pay more to have your minivan converted for side-door entry. For many wheelchair users, however, that's not a "convenience fee" but rather a value for all the benefits a side entry provides.

Finally, parking is a consideration. A parked handicapped van, regardless of your entry/exit point, requires 8 feet of clearance where the ramp is deployed to accommodate the ramp's length and provide room for a wheelchair or scooter to maneuver away from the ramp and move in a specific direction.

The rear-entry van can park in non-handicap, delineated spaces in parking lots or curbside city parking, because the ramp extends behind the vehicle. With the side entry, you'll need to seek out handicap van parking spaces to deploy the side entry ramp and exit. But, when all is said and done...

...the positives of a side entry wheelchair accessible van conversion will help you work it all out with a smile on your face!

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

2016 Used 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Edge II Conversion

$33,495 $33,995


  • Stock #: 180968T
  • Mileage: 39,677 Miles
  • Ramp/Lift: Rear Entry Long
  • Features: 3YR/36K Conv Wrty, Driver Pwr. Seat Base, ADA Compliant
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
2013 Used 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT Wheelchair Van

USED Dodge Grand Caravan SXT
NEW AMS Legend Conversion

$30,690 $31,690


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

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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