Losing mobility is a concern for many people, especially when it comes to not being able to do simple tasks such as getting in and out of a car. If you already own a minivan, this can be solved by converting it into one that is more accessible. However, choosing when the right time to do such a thing can be a tough decision. Continue to read to find out when the right time to convert your van is.
Is Converting Right for You?
The decision to convert the van you already own into one that is more accessible depends on your preferences and what you want out of it. If you want to save money, keep the vehicle you own and still get all the benefits from having an accessible van, then converting the van you currently own is the right choice for you. You will have a van that you trust with the accessibility that you need!
Converting your current vehicle may not be the right choice if it is already on its last leg. Serious mechanical issues can be costly and may not meet the requirements for conversion anyway. If this is the case, you may want to invest in an already accessible vehicle.
What Is the Cost of Van Conversion?
Converting a van into one that is more accessible can be a steep price on top of the vehicle price, but there are several features that can cause the cost to fluctuate. One of those factors is where you add the conversion entrance; however, this is usually up to the needs of the wheelchair user and not so much based on the price.
For example, manual ramps are best suited for those who are not planning on driving as they require someone else to put the ramp inside the vehicle. Since entering from the back doesn’t always provide access to the driver’s seat, manual ramps are typically for rear entrances when there is someone else who is driving. Side ramps, on the other hand, are more versatile in the features they have and the pricing they offer. Side manual ramps are an option, but when powered ramps are needed, they come with a few other features such as automatic door opening and ramp extension.
The last feature that could affect the price of your van conversion would be rubber flooring. Although this is an expensive option, it is easy to clean and offers a better grip.
Choosing the right time to convert your van into one that is more accessible can be a challenging task. However, knowing if it is right for you and the cost that it will take will help in this decision. We offer a Better Life Program that will help you get the medical supplies you may need. If you are interested in learning what other services and supplies we offer, you can check out our website or contact us.
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