Mobility Vans: What You Need To Know

61 million adults in America have some form of disability, which is roughly one in four. Fortunately, there are now numerous disabled transportation options, including handicap accessible vehicles.  There are different kinds of conversions for vehicles you may be familiar with, like the Toyota Sienna, the Chrysler Pacifica, and even the Chevrolet Silverado.  Read on to see model details and how you might be able to get a great price on a brand new mobility van.

Handicap accessible vehicles are remanufactured to offer easy access for wheelchairs and scooters.  Floors are lowered and ramps are retrofitted for ease of ingress and egress.  Some vehicles have kneeling systems to adapt suspension levels, making the ramp less steep to ascend and descend when it is rolled out.  Seats may be removable, so that a wheelchair or scooter user may be able to position itself in either the driver or passenger seat. 

Handicap accessible vehicles have two primary configurations.  Logically-named side-entry is what you would think it is, using existing the side door of a minivan (or retrofitting a vehicle like a Chevrolet Traverse SUV which does not have a sliding door). These vehicles may be more expensive, but are easy to use and make pickup and dropoff to curbs simple, and make it easier for the disable person to access the driver’s seat.  If the vehicle is set up for the disabled person to be the driver, it may or may not have modifications to make driving the vehicle easier via hands depending on the nature of someone’s lower body disability.

The other primary configuration for a mobility vehicle is rear-entry. Rear entry vehicles have foldout ramps that make their way to the ground. Rear entry mobility vehicles may be more affordable, requiring less remanufacturing of the vehicle.  It is a better option if the handicapped person is being chauffeured and does not need to access the front seats.

Right now some popular vendors for mobility vehicles have some very attractive promotions.  These include 2.49% APR from BraunAbility, one of the leading retro-fitters of mobility vehicles, on Chrysler Pacifica rear-entry models.  Competitor MobilityWorks has promotions under $437 a month for pre-owned models, with the ability to return your purchase within 5 days if you aren’t completely satisfied.  With over 90 locations, MobilityWorks covers most of the United States.  Lastly, the king of the road, leather-equipped Chevrolet Traverse models with side-access, are currently offered at rates as low as 2.99% APR for up to 48 months, at an msrp of $84,995.  If you want a mobility access truck, you can even find Chevrolet Silverados retrofitted with side-access gullwing doors, which are brand-new from the 2022 model year at RollX.