Understanding the Cost of Accessible Vehicles and Vans with Ramps

Interested in learning more about the cost of vans with ramps, lifts or other accessibility modifications? Having safe, convenient access to a vehicle greatly improves the quality of life for people with a handicap or other mobility concerns. While every wheelchair user or transportation provider has unique needs, here’s a basic breakdown of what you can expect when it comes to the cost of accessible vehicles.

The vehicle itself

The main component when it comes to the cost of accessible vehicles, including the cost of vans with ramps, is the actual vehicle itself. A van that’s ideal for conversion can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $50,000, depending on the model you choose and whether you’re buying new or used.

Determine your overall budget before you make the decision to buy new or used, since initial costs of pre-owned vehicles are much more budget friendly. If you do choose to buy used, make sure the vehicle is rigorously inspected to ensure it conforms to all safety standards before making a purchase.

Vans that are ideal for wheelchair or other handicap conversion include spacious minivans and full-size vans like the following:

  • Honda Odyssey
  • Toyota Sienna
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • Ram ProMaster
  • Ford Transit
  • Dodge Grand Caravan

The conversion

There are many variables that affect the price of conversion. Since the price of the conversion will play a major role in the overall cost of the vehicle, you should have a basic understanding of your conversion needs before buying the van itself to ensure you stay on budget. Some of the following features have a major impact on the price of conversion:

  • Rear or side entry: You need to determine where on the van the ramp or lift needs to be located. Rear-entry conversions can be done on new or used vehicles, but the extensive modifications associated with accessible side entries should only be performed on new vehicles. It can cost up to $20,000 to alter a van for rear entry, while side-entry conversions can cost up to $40,000.
  • Lifts or ramps: Generally, the price of a full hydraulic wheelchair lift is higher than that of an automatic ramp. Lifts also add a significant amount of weight to the vehicle.
  • Lowered floor: Lowered floor minivans provide an incredible level of convenience, safety and reliability for those with disabilities. It’s an excellent modification that even allows a person in the wheelchair to see out the windows as everyone else seated in the vehicle can. If you drive from a wheelchair, a lowered floor modification is essential for seeing out of the windshield.

If you or someone you love has a disability or handicap, investing in an accessible vehicle greatly improves overall quality of life. Talk with a professional conversion team who can understand your needs and your budget and can create a safe, affordable and convenient vehicle that’s just for you. Reach out to the experts at Penn York Medical today to learn more about the cost of accessible vehicles and the conversion process, and to design a vehicle that meets your unique needs.