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If you are looking for a wheelchair van with style, class and comfort, look no further than the 2015 VMI side entry Toyota Sienna. According to MoneySense.ca, the Toyota Sienna is in the top three best minivans in Canada. The Sienna is rated #2 just below the Honda Odyssey and is followed by Dodge’s Grand Caravan. The van comes standard with several features such as Bluetooth capability, cruise control, air conditioning, a backup camera, power windows & locks as well as Toyota’s Star Safety System.

For power, the van comes with a 3.5L V6 266 horse power engine and standard seating for seven with the option of eight seats. Please keep in mind, in a wheelchair configuration for either side entry or rear entry, the seating capacity does change. The van offers 13L/100km for city driving and 9.5L/100 km on the highway. Overall, the Toyota Sienna offers a nice, quiet, [...]

4 to 1 Occupancy: Expanded Safety Requirements For Passenger Vehicles

An end to the confusion surrounding the 4 to 1 occupant debate

4 to 1 occupancy debate

The 4 to 1 occupancy debate can finally come to an end! There has been a lot of confusion the past year-and-a-half about how many occupants you are allowed in certain types of vehicles when you have a wheelchair involved. Is it considered one chair or four chairs, which types of vehicles does it apply to, and whom does it apply to?

Recently, the Province of Manitoba released a document which helps provide the much needed clarity in the 4 to 1 occupancy debate. Basically, Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation (MIT) is putting Highway Traffic Act (HTA) amendments in place. This will expand the Safety Fitness Council program. The expansion applies to additional passenger vehicles designed for seating with 11 or more seats (including the driver.) If a vehicle [...]

When it comes to wheelchair van conversions, there are several questions that do come up when looking at your different options. For example, someone might ask what colour the wheelchair accessible van may come in. Others will ask about power options for the side entry models. Others will ask if it is possible for the driver’s seat to turn so the person in the wheelchair can easily transfer to the driver’s seat.

To make things simple for you, we have compiled the top 8 questions we get asked on a regular basis. Knowing the answer to these questions will make shopping for your wheelchair van a lot easier and hopefully alleviate some of the confusion.

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Conclusion

Buying a wheelchair accessible vehicle or van is not an easy task. Having the information you need to make [...]

Ride in Style! 2016 VMI Honda Odyssey Side Entry Minivan

 

The new 2016 VMI Honda Odyssey side entry minivan is now available from Vantage Mobility. The wheelchair van offers the same level of comfort as the 2015. New additions have been made by both Honda and Vantage Mobility in 2016.

 

Honda Odyssey Overview

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The 2016 Honda Odyssey side entry wheelchair accessible minivan provides comfort and safety. The Odyssey boasts best-in-class fuel economy for an 8-passenger minivan. All models of the Honda Odyssey comes with a six speed V6 248 horsepower engine. For driver safety anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability assist and electronic brake-force distribution comes standard. Depending on the model, 18″ aluminum alloy wheels are available.

 

New Features

The new changes to the 2016 VMI Honda Odyssey Side Entry Minivan Models include:

  • Simplified diagnostics with VMIQ
  • Standard rear view camera and expanded driver mirror
  • HondaVAC (standard on Touring Elite and [...]
Get The Answers You Need About Our Wheelchair Van Conversions

Chances are if you have been thinking about getting a wheelchair van conversion you have questions you would like to have answered. We get asked a lot of questions at MoveMobility about our wheelchair van conversion very everyday. There are 10 common questions our customers ask. Here are the answers to those burning questions.

#1 – What type of wheelchair van conversions do you sell?

There are two types of wheelchair van conversions to choose from. You have the choice between rear entry or side entry for your wheelchair van conversion. Depending on how many passengers you need to transport or the size of your chair, sometimes a full-size wheelchair van may be needed.

#2 – What brands of wheelchair van conversions do you carry?

We sell two brands of wheelchair van conversions. The first is a side entry conversion done by Vantage Mobility. You [...]

Unparalleled Value Comes Standard With The Ram Promaster

 

When it comes to full-size wheelchair accessible vans, Ram has done a very good job to compete with the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit, and Nissan NV. The new 2016 RAM Promaster 2500 vans are now becoming available. They are just as awesome as the 2015 models.

 

Overall Review

The Ram Promaster 2500 comes as a 159” wheelbase. There are extended models available. The model I will be reviewing is the high roof window van model. This is the model used for our mobility full-sized wheelchair van. The wheelchair van handles well, offers a lot of cargo space and has a sleek but simple euro design. The Ram Promaster was modeled after the Fiat Ducato. This wheelchair accessible model has been driven in Europe for a long time. The Ram Promaster makes for the ideal mobility vehicle as it offers a lot of space. It gives [...]

decide on a vehicle

When it comes time to decide on a wheelchair accessible vehicle, a lot of thought and consideration needs to go into this decision. For most people, buying a wheelchair van is the second largest purchase they will make besides a home and definitely an important decision overall. A vehicle is something that is driven for anywhere between three and eight years depending on the type and model of vehicle(5).For some, they may know exactly how they want to decide on a vehicle and which vehicle they are going to purchase. However, for 43 percent of individuals buying a vehicle, this is a decision that takes weeks or months of research(4). The Internet plays a dominant role in peoples decisions. In fact, 83 percent turn to the Internet to do their research when [...]

Wheelchair Van Financing Options

Which option is right for you?

A lot of options exist these days to pay for your wheelchair van. There are two common wheelchair van financing options. The first is financing the wheelchair accessible vehicle through a loan. The second option is a vehicle lease. I have written a post on wheelchair van financing options before and can be found here. Depending on your situation, one option may work better for you than the other. Sometimes our clients look for 3rd party funding to help offset the cost of their wheelchair van. For example, President’s Choice Children’s Charity is a common charity client use.

The approval process for a loan or lease can be quick. It can take as little as a couple of hours or can take a couple of days. In personal situations, usually, a standard credit check is all that is needed for both options. For businesses, government organizations or non-profits, the process can take longer. For example, the organization is [...]

mobility vehicle questions

This week’s blog post is all about deciding when you are ready to start looking for a mobility accessible vehicle. You might have been toying with the idea for a while but things have come to a point now where you think it might be time. You might be debating a side entry van or rear entry wheelchair van, hand controls, transfer boards and the like.

To help make things easy for you, I have compiled a list of the 10 most popular reasons people tell us they are are ready to transition into a mobility vehicle.

 

Top 10 Signs You Are Ready For A Mobility Vehicle
Sign #1 – You’re finding it harder to get around

You may have noticed over the past few months your mobility is slowing down [...]

5 Tips For Choosing The Right Wheelchair Van Conversion

Find The Right Wheelchair Van Conversion

Dodge Northstar E Manual Grand Caravan Wheelchair Van Conversion

Finding the right wheelchair van conversion can take time.

 

Sometimes for our customers it’s a routine purchase as they have bought a few wheelchair vans in their lifetime. For others, it is their first time purchasing a wheelchair van and there may be a lot of mixed emotion with the purchase.

Everyone has different needs and preferences for a wheelchair van. It’s not always a one size fits all type of purchase. The five tips below serve as a road map on how to find the right wheelchair van for you and your family or organization.

Tip #1 – Know your budget range ahead of time

Buying vehicles these days has become very easy. Auto manufacturers have created a lot of different programs to help their customer when it comes [...]

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