Top 10 Questions About Wheelchair Van Conversions

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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 can learn more about their conversion options here. The rear entry wheelchair van we sell is the MoveMobility rear entry conversion. We do the conversion at our head office in Winnipeg.

#3 – What brands of vans do you sell?

There are three brands of wheelchair vans that are set up the best to do a mobility type conversion. The Honda Odyssey is only available as a power side entry, the Toyota Sienna is available in both side and rear entry. The side entry is available in both a manual slide out and power ramp option. The last is the Dodge Grand Caravan. This is the most popular van as it has an attractive price point and is available for both side and rear entry. Like the Toyota Sienna, the side entry conversion is available in both a manual slide out and power ramp option.

#4 – What type of wheelchair van conversion is right for me?

Choosing the right conversion is unique to each person or organizations needs. In most cases, a rear entry conversion works well. The rear entry option is anywhere from $10,000 – $20,000 or more less expensive than a side entry van. Generally, a side entry van is needed when the person who is riding in the wheelchair van wants to drive the vehicle. When this is the case, there are added costs like a power-sliding seat and hand controls. Most people like the rear entry van. The ramp is manual which means less moving parts, and less things go wrong with the ramp. Power ramps can wear out over time and in-floor ramps can get filled with gravel if a lot of off-pavement driving happens. Side entry bi-fold ramps tend to take up a lot of room inside the cabin. This makes entry into the vehicle difficult for those sitting in the back row. As well, for the person in the chair, it can be difficult to maneuver around the ramp.

#5 – Do you do convert existing or used vehicles?

Yes. It is possible to have an existing wheelchair accessible vehicle converted. There are certain requirements the vehicle needs to meet. To learn more about converting an existing vehicle, click here.

#6 – How much do your wheelchair van conversions cost?

The type of conversion to the non-wheelchair accessible vehicle largely determines the cost. Side entry conversions will cost anywhere between $10,000 – $20,000+ more than a rear entry conversion. To check out the prices of new vehicles, click here.

#7 – Do you ship your wheelchair vans across Canada?

Yes – we can ship your vehicle to you when the conversion is completed. We have shipped vehicles to customers all across the country.

#8 – How long is your rear entry wheelchair van conversion?

The rear entry van conversion is done right in our plant, conveniently located in Winnipeg, allowing us to ship the wheelchair van across the country. The ramp provides easy access with 56″ of height clearance, 91″ pan length, 31″ pan width and 23.5″ clearance between the mid row seating. An optional third row seat is available for the Dodge and Toyota as well as flip and fold seats for the mid row if a bit of extra space is needed for the chair.

#9 – Are you certified to making changes to vehicles and what type of qualifications do you have?

MoveMobility is certified by Transport Canada to make modifications to vehicles. We have our national safety mark as well as all of our vehicles are D409 compliant. The National Safety Mark is required to make modifications to vehicles. D409 certification is needed for selling vehicles that are used to transport people with physical disabilities. To learn more about D409 compliance, click here. As well, in the flexible flooring offered for full-sized vans, the floor is CMVSS/FMVSS tested and certified.

#10 – How long does it typically take for a rear entry conversion to be made?

A rear entry conversion typically can be ready in two weeks once the vehicle is scheduled for production. Since we do the conversions ourselves, we save time in not having to ship the wheelchair accessible vehicle away to another plant to be modified or wait on another manufacturer to have the vehicle ready.

There you have it. These are the Top 10 Questions we get asked every day about our wheelchair van conversions. If you have questions of your own or would like help in finding the right vehicle for you, fill in the form below. We want to help you find the right solution for your mobility needs.


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