When shopping for wheelchair vans, many people are drawn to newer vehicles in the showroom. Their sleek designs and new car magnetism is hard to ignore. Unfortunately for many of our clients, newer vehicles are simply out of the price range they can afford. While brand new vans are the optimum choice for those with funding resources, used vehicles at a much lower price point are readily available. MobilityWorks currently has over 40 vans for sale under $30,000.
While pre-owned vans may not have that new car feel and all of the latest electronic gadgets, clean, reliable used handicap vans can be purchased with confidence from a qualified mobility equipment dealer.
If you’ve been shopping for handicap vans online, you already know they cost a lot more than regular non-accessible vans. The cost of the conversion and handicap equipment pushes up the price of a new van anywhere from $15k to $25k. Brand new vehicles are priced based the make and model of van, the type of conversion and any other ancillary features, such as GPS systems and backup cameras. As an example, an in-floor ramp conversion is typically going to be more than a fold-out ramp. A rear-entry van is going to be less than side-entry. But for those with smaller budgets, there are affordable options – and MobilityWorks will take trade-ins of accessible and non-accessible vehicles. A quality used handicap van can be found for under $30,000 if you’re willing to go with a slightly older vehicle (typically 5+ years or more) and having some mileage (50k to 80k). You may not get the exact color you want, but you can get minivan or full-sized van with a lift.
While many people question the dependability of used vehicles, there should be little worry when purchasing from a reliable NMEDA QAP* dealer such as MobilityWorks. Every one of our used vehicles must pass a documented inspection and safety check. Also, many of our used handicap vans do have low mileage and, with regular maintenance, should provide years of dependable driving. In many cases, an extended warranty can be offered for even further peace of mind.
Certified Technicians and Service
Maintaining your vehicle is the most important thing you can do, especially when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle for use with wheelchairs. MobilityWorks suggests to its clients that they schedule a 20-point mobility equipment maintenance inspection every six months. This ensures that the ramp (or lift) will work properly when needed and avoid costly repairs down the road. If you're having problems, have your vehicle inspected by a trained NMEDA certified adaptive equipment specialist. They can quickly diagnose the cause and acquire factory direct parts in the event that replacements are needed.
Learn more about our exceptional and ever-changing selection of used handicap vans.
*NMEDA QAP is the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association Quality Assurance Program.