What is the best wheelchair van? You might be surprised, but we actually get asked this question quite often. The easy answer that many wheelchair vans companies will give you is that there is no one-size-fits all solution for every wheelchair user, their families and their caregivers. In truth, the best wheelchair van for each wheelchair user is one that is custom tailored to their individual and unique needs.
At Rollx Vans, we believe it takes the best to know the best. That’s how we know the best wheelchair vans include our fully customized inventory lineup of new and used wheelchair vans like the Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler Voyager, Dodge Grand Caravan, Toyota Sienna, Ram Promaster, Ford Transit, and GMC Savana. With so many available options to choose from, it’s easy to see how new customers are left asking the question: what is the best wheelchair van? In this post, we’ll take a look at how customers can determine what the best wheelchair van is for them.
Determine Your Needs for the Best Wheelchair Van
Choosing the best wheelchair van for you or a wheelchair user in your life is a little more involved than simply picking a vehicle off a sales lot. That’s because wheelchair vans can be customized to fit the needs of the wheelchair user, their caregiver and their family. And, depending on the unique situation of each wheelchair user, there are many additional conversion options to consider. But, before you get into the specifics of a new or used wheelchair van, you should always start by determining exactly what your needs are for the vehicle.
If you are not sure where to start, we recommend asking yourself a few questions:
- How will you be using the wheelchair van?
- How many passengers will the vehicle need to fit?
- Where within the vehicle will the wheelchair user ride?
- Will the wheelchair user be driving? If so, will they need hand controls?
- Will the wheelchair user remain in their chair, or would they like to transfer into a seat?
Take Note of Your Wheelchair Van Options
Many decades ago, there may have only been a few vehicle options to choose between within the wheelchair van industry. Now, the options are endless. As mentioned earlier, our vehicle lineup of new and used inventory that is fully customized to the end purchaser includes Chrysler, Dodge, Toyota, Ram, Ford and GMC minivan and full size van options. But, the options don’t stop there. Within each of these vehicle manufacturers we offer a full selection of models, model years, and trim packages to choose from. And while we have many of these vehicles in-stock already, if you are looking for a specific color or trim package, we can work directly with the OEM manufacturer to get you the exact vehicle options you are looking for.
Research Key Features
While many returning customers know the drill, for new customers the idea of a wheelchair van can seem overwhelming. Many people who are just starting the research process may think they have very limited options to choose from, when in fact, they find the opposite. Technology has allowed the wheelchair vans industry to offer a wider variety of possible options for wheelchair vehicles and conversion features than ever before. Some of the most commonly talked about conversion features include transfer seats, hand controls, and tie down and securement devices. Here is a brief overview of these features:
- Transfer Seats. Our Rollx Vans 6-way transfer seat rotates a full 180 degrees to help ensure an easy and smooth transfer for the wheelchair user. Our seat can be installed in either the driver or passenger seat, so wheelchair users can have the option of where they would like to sit.
- Hand Controls. Hand controls rest just below the steering column and are adjustable to fit each driver. They come available in mechanical, pneumatic and electronic setups and do not interfere with the standard driving pedals, so the vehicle can still be driven with the use of the pedals by a caregiver or family member.
- Tie down and Securement Devices. Available in both manual and power options, these devices make it possible for a wheelchair user to remain safely in their wheelchair within the vehicle while it is in motion.
While these are only just a few of the conversion options available, it is important to research the options that are available on the market and which of them may work for your unique driving needs. Driver evaluators are a great resource to help you determine which of these conversion features will fit your needs. Our experienced sales representatives can also help steer you in the right direction. Our representatives have more combined experience in the wheelchair vans business than any other company in our industry, so you can trust that they will know or know how to figure out the answers to your questions. (Plus, they don’t work on an upsell commission, so they won’t try to sell you something you really don’t need!)
The Best Reviews Make for the Best Wheelchair Van
Still not sure which wheelchair van is the best for you? You can still start to narrow down your options by selecting a dealer to work with and looking through their inventory lineup. We always recommend people who are new to the wheelchair van buying process conduct a few web searches and look for reviews on wheelchair van companies. Reviews from previous customers are always a great indication of what type of company they are, how they carry out their policies, and how they support their customers after they have the final product in-hand.
The Best Wheelchair Van. The Rollx Vans Way.
At Rollx Vans, we believe the best wheelchair vans are the ones that are backed by a 100 percent customer satisfaction guarantee. That’s how we like to do business. Because if our customers aren’t fully satisfied with the end product, then we didn’t deliver on our promise to help them get to a more independent tomorrow.
If you’re ready to get started with a new or used wheelchair van purchase, contact our team today. No matter which new or used van you decide is best for you and your unique needs, we know you will love the final product. We can’t wait to help you on your way down the open road.