For people who are handicapped and wish to drive themselves, wheelchair van conversions is a must have for them. Such conversions can be done in full-size vans, conversion vans, and compact mini vans as well.
Depending upon the type of conversion you choose, the cost can range ($10,000-$20,000). So, here we have a list of vehicles that can be converted into a wheelchair accessible vehicle along with the cost structure explained so that you can make an educated decision which suits your budget needs as well:
- Side Entry Wheelchair Lift: The doors are changed from a manual sliding door to a double hinged door or an electronic opening door. In this, a chair lift extends from the van and lowers the wheelchair to the surface. The side entry modification costs around $20,000.
- Rear Entry Wheelchair Ramp: This does not involve much modification to the rear door, however, includes installing a mechanical ramp which will protrude out of the back of the van. This is less expensive and would cost you $10,000 – $14,000 because there are no heavy modifications involved.
- Driver’s Cockpit: If the individual is restricted to the wheelchair then more modifications would be involved to allow them to drive. Depending upon whether hand controls are installed, this may cost you additional cost of $5,000 – $7,000.
- Undercarriage Modifications: Since the van will be hauling extra weight, more stress would be laid on axles, brakes, shocks, and springs. These upgrades would add to the overall cost of the wheelchair van conversion.
There is a wide variety of wheelchair accessible vans with state of the art features that you might want to have a look at:
- 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SE: It’s a rear entry ramp van which is priced at $30,900 and comes with supreme handicap conversion features such as: manual dual locking non skid ramp, dual piston shock assist, ADA compliant, Q-Straint Securement System, full wheelchair belt system, easily cleanable commercial grade matting and extremely durable.
- 2015 Toyota Sienna L: The vehicle costs around $28, 900 and comes with a 36’’ ramp. The wheelchair Van has many latest features consisting – automatic transmission, tilt wheel, back-up camera, power locks, anti-lock brakes, power side mirrors, power steering, AM/FM stereo with CD player, steering wheel mounted audio controls, reading lights, keyless entry with alarm, outside temperature display, multiple front and rear power outlets, dual glove boxes, side door bins, multi-stage airbags and intermittent wipers.
- 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan: Being a rear entry ramp van, it costs around $24,900 and comes with awesome handicap conversion features that comprise of: dual piston shock assist, Q-Straint Securement system which includes – 4 retractable wheelchair straps and full wheelchair belt system and many more. Thus, everything you need to transport your wheelchair is all you will get in this vehicle.
Hopefully, the above mentioned options in wheelchair accessible vans would help you make the informed choice for your senior loved one. On the other hand, you should consider the age of the vehicle, mileage and see if the vehicle has a proven maintenance history or not. Also, check on the usage condition of the vehicle since it will determine how long the van will last. Many of the vehicles are designed to last over a decade. All these factors play a vital role in how perfect your purchase is going to be. So, make your decision wisely as it is a matter of your health and most importantly life.