Wheelchair vans are an important investment for wheelchair users. Wheelchair vans provide a way to get from point A to point B and a freedom for wheelchair users to go wherever and whenever they want to go. And while these freedoms are priceless to wheelchair users, their caregivers and their families, wheelchair vans can also be one of the more expensive investments for someone to make.
In our previous blog post, we looked at what makes wheelchair vans so expensive. This includes all elements that go into a wheelchair vans sale, from the base cost of the vehicle to the conversion equipment and the installation. In this final post of this series, we will take a look at how to make your wheelchair van more affordable.
Save Money, Buy Used
While there are many benefits to buying a brand new wheelchair van such as low mileage, less chance of unexpected repairs, and a higher resale value there are also many advantages to buying a previously owned wheelchair van, as well. Especially the cost savings. But, similarly to no two new vans being the same on the market, used vans are also not always treated the same in our market. When it comes to used vans in the wheelchair vans industry, it is important that customers know what they are getting into from the start.
You may see used vehicles with used conversions either on a dealer’s lot or through a private seller. We recommend customers take caution when buying a used conversion. When looking to buy a used conversion, you will want to have the conversion equipment inspected to ensure there is no damage or parts in need of repair or replacement, as this type of vehicle sale is not often backed with a warranty and you want to make sure you will not incur any unexpected costs immediately after becoming the owner of the vehicle.
At Rollx Vans, we treat our previously owned inventory the exact same as our brand new inventory. Every used van is fully reconditioned from the bottom up. This includes the inspections of the undercarriage, floor structure, and suspension, new carpet, the completion of any manufacturer recalls, and adaptive equipment inspections. Used wheelchair vans can also be customized with additional conversion equipment that fits the needs of the wheelchair user. So, the end product is essentially a brand new van with a few extra miles already under the hood. Plus, our previously owned inventory is backed by the Rollx Vans customer satisfaction guarantee.
Already Have a Van? It Could Be Converted
Another option to help save some money on a wheelchair van is to convert a van you already own. This would help to save the costs of buying the vehicle itself, as you already own the base vehicle. If you own a recent model year of a Chrysler Pacifica or Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna, Ford Transit, RAM Promaster or GMC Savana our team can evaluate your vehicle to determine if our team can convert your already owned vehicle into a wheelchair van.
If your van cannot be converted for some reason, there is also the option of trading in your van and using the trade-in value towards the cost of your new or used wheelchair van from our vehicle inventory. If you are interested in trading in your vehicle, you can fill out our online form to get a quote on the trade.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers benefits for service-injured Veterans that can be used towards the purchase of a vehicle. Some Veterans even qualify for a vehicle grant for upwards of 20 thousand dollars. This benefit can be used only once by each service-injured Veteran, however there are other grants that may be available to Veterans towards a conversion nearly every two years. If you are not sure what you qualify for, our team can work directly with the VA on your behalf to ensure you get everything that you qualify for.
Grants, Loans and Rebates
For customers that cannot take advantage of the Veterans assistance programs, there are still some options out there for you. Many state and county organizations and disability groups provide grants to assist with the purchase of mobility equipment. Our team works regularly with our customers and these groups and government agencies to find and obtain anything our customers may qualify for to help offset their vehicle costs. If you want more information about some of the state grants that may be available to you, you can check our resource page here.
A good old-fashioned fundraiser, or one of the online fundraising sites, can help to offset the costs of a vehicle purchase. These funds can be used like cash with any combination of grants and financing towards the cost of either the vehicle or the conversion. If you plan to finance the vehicle, the money from a fundraiser can increase the initial down payment and possibly help to lower the interest rate on the financing.
How to Get Started
At Rollx Vans, we value transparency, which is why we post all of our vehicle costs right on our website for all potential customers to see what they can expect from a new or used wheelchair van from our inventory. Then we go to work for our customers and help them to find any funding that may be available to them to help offset the costs of their new or used vehicle purchase. We expect that our customers will hold us to our promise that we will go to work for them and help make their van fit within their budget.
If you are ready to get started, we invite you to browse our vehicle inventory online or contact one of our experienced sales representatives today. We cannot wait to get to work for you, your family and your caregivers.