Handicapped Mini Vans

Written by Norene Anderson
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Handicapped mini vans offer the physically challenged the opportunity to go when and where they want to go. The biggest hindrance to every handicapped individual having access to this kind of transportation is the cost. The price for converting a mini van to a handicapped accessible van can carry a price tag of $12,000 or more, depending on the amount of high tech features included.

If a van is going to be custom designed, the first step is to purchase a standard van. The major manufacturers such as Ford, Toyota, DaimlerChrysler, and General Motors have vans that can be adapted to meet the needs of the handicapped. Keep in mind that handicapped mini vans do not come ready made. The van must first be purchased and then sent for redesign. Some have made the mistake of choosing a van without confirming with the company that the van is an acceptable model for the conversion. Not all vans can be made handicapped accessible. This is a very costly mistake.

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The van does not need to be new to qualify for conversion. It only needs to meet the criteria for the steps necessary to redesign. Since the conversion to handicapped mini vans is so expensive, you certainly want to have a dependable van to start with. It should be mechanically sound with low enough mileage to give years of service after the conversion.

The dealership does not do the conversion. There are companies specializing in mobility equipment manufacturing that are used for this special kind of redesign. All changes must comply with federal safety guidelines. The modifications may be as limited as installing a seat that lowers and turns for ease of transfer from a wheelchair to the seat. It could be as extensive as adding a lift or ramp.

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