Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Wheelchair Van (Part 2)


This is the second part of our three-part Beginner’s Guide to Buying a Wheelchair Van. To see general information about our wheelchair vans and conversion features, go to Part 1 of this guide. To find out about financing, service and delivery, go to Part 3.

Choosing Between a Full Size and Minivan

Now that you are an expert on wheelchair vans and their conversion features, it’s time to move on to the choices you will have when purchasing an accessible vehicle from Rollx Vans.

One of the first decisions you will have to make it between a full-size wheelchair van and minivan. Both are great options, but only one will fit you best.

Our selection of accessible minivans are great for people who want a small, sleek design that is easy to drive and doesn’t appear too bulky. Our minivans have some of the best safety ratings on the market (they have a perfect NHTSA crash-test record!). They are also a bit more cost efficient.

Full size van wheelchair vans, on the other hand, are the largest, most spacious wheelchair van options. They have enough space to fit the entire family, their cargo and maybe even a few friends. They have a full six inches of extra headroom for maximum comfort.

And don’t worry; they may look intimidating, at first, but they are no more complicated to pilot than any other vehicle.

Choosing Between a New and Used Wheelchair Van

After you have made the decision between full-size and minivan, you can now decide between buying new and used wheelchair vans. The ultimate decision comes down to which van fits into your budget best, but there are other advantages and disadvantages associated with both choices.

Advantages of New Handicap Vans

  • Choosing more pre-loaded manufacturer’s features
  • Lasts longer
  • Nothing beats that new-car smell!

Disadvantages of New Handicap Vans

  • Higher price tag

Advantages of Used Handicap Vans

  • More budget-friendly
  • They are completely reconditioned to look like new

Disadvantages of Used Handicap Vans

  • Higher mileage on vehicle
  • Won’t last as long as a new vehicle

Whichever you choose, you will always receive a vehicle warranty (covered in part 3).

Wheelchair Van Features

You’ve made the decisions between full-size and minivan as well as used and new wheelchair vans, so now it’s time for the fun stuff: your wheelchair van features and amenities!

You can choose between various vehicle colors as well as numerous comfort and safety features. Some of these include:

  • Rearview cameras
  • Power heated outside mirrors
  • Disc brake wear sensors
  • Chrome appearance packages
  • Swing out glass side doors

There are far too many to name here. Visit our individual vehicle information pages or contact us today to learn more.

Continue to Part 3

In our next blog post, we will go over warranty and safety information, how to obtain financing and our various delivery and service options.

Continue to part 3

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