If you are responsible for taking care of someone who uses a wheelchair, owning a wheelchair-accessible van can help you transport around the person, you are responsible for. You will be able to more easily take them to the doctor and take them to events. When looking at mobility vans for sale, there are a few things you should know before you start your shopping process.
Know the Types of Vans You Can Purchase
First, you need to know the different types of mobility vans you can purchase. There are three different types of vans you can purchase.
To start with, you can purchase a brand-new van that has a brand-new conversion in it already. With this type of mobility van, you are getting a brand-new van without any miles or wear and tear on it from a mechanical standpoint, and you are getting a van that is equipped with brand-new conversion wheelchair equipment that doesn't have any wear and tear on it either.
Or you can purchase a used van that has a brand-new conversion added onto it. The van will have some mileage on it. and the mechanical parts will have some wear and tear, but you should save some money on the price of the van because it is used. However, the conversion will be brand-new, which should allow you to get a lot of usage out of the van. With a new conversion, you can choose the exact conversion you have installed in the van.
Or you can purchase a used van with a used conversion. This is the most affordable option, as all aspects of the van will be used. You will not be able to choose the conversion, but you will be able to save some money and have a way to transport around the person you are carrying for.
Find Out About Warranties and Services
When you purchase a wheelchair-accessible van, regardless of if it being new or used, you need to be prepared to ask some questions about how they will back up the van. Does the van come with a warranty for the van and for the conversion? How long does the warranty last on the van and on the conversion? You want to purchase a van and conversion system that comes with some sort of warranty.
Most conversion systems require some maintenance as well, so you are going to want to find out if the company provides any services for taking care of the van over time. Do they offer free or reduced tune-ups and service? You want a conversion van provider that will offer you some assistance with taking care of the van.
When it comes to purchasing a conversion van as a caregiver, you need to decide if you want to purchase a new or used van and if you want the conversion to be new or used. You also should look carefully at the warranty and services offered with the van, and make sure that they will provide you with the support you need to take care of the van and wheelchair system.