For anyone that is currently in the market for a new handicap van, you may be surprised at the selection you have to choose from. This is true not only in the form of makes and models of vans, but also in the different types of conversion equipment. Because of this, you should be well-informed when you head out to the lots to look for your new handicap van. In order to get a better understanding of what you should be looking for, ask yourself a few questions first. Consider the following and make a checklist of sorts to use as a guide.
Will I Be Driving?
If you have a disability that won’t allow you to drive, you need to be more concerned about space and comfort in the back of the van. However, for those that can still drive, you’ll want to ask your conversion dealer about hand control options and other driving aids.
Will This Van Be Used for Practical or Recreational Purposes?
This is very important because without ample space and comfort, your van won’t be ideal for longer trips. If you plan to use your new handicap van for long road trips and vacations, you’ll want to let your dealer know. This will play a huge factor in deciding in ramps, lifts, and what entry method you’d prefer.
How Often Will I Have Passengers?
This comes down to another space issue. If you expect to have passengers on a regular basis, you’ll want to make sure your conversion allows for plenty of room.
Where Will My Van Be Driven the Most?
This is a huge question to ask when it comes to choosing if you will want side or rear entry on your new handicap van. Let your conversion expert know the sort of traffic you will routinely have the van in; this can help make your decisions much easier.
Will I Need Special Controls for Doors, Ramps or Lifts?
If you have a disability that makes it difficult to get in and out of the van, there are a multitude of special electronic controls that can help. Again, this is an area where a conversion specialist can help you make the best decision. Have these questions answered when you start your search for new handicap vans and you’ll save a lot of hassle.
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