I can’t begin to count the number of calls I’ve received over the past couple of weeks from people inquiring about the cash for clunkers government program and wheelchair accessible vans.    The official program title is Car Allowance Rebate System and all the latest information, rules, guidelines, etc. are all available on the Web site, www.cars.gov.

All of the questions I have received revolve around VMI’s involvement in the program and what that entails.  Since VMI does not sell the minivans, we cannot be directly involved in the program.  With that said, VMI announced that it will be giving its customers the opportunity to participate in the Car Allowance Rebate System (CARS).

To celebrate this exciting government program and the fuel efficiency of the Honda Odyssey with Variable Cylinder Management, VMI will temporarily accept customer supplied Honda chassis acquired with CARS incentive money (VMI does not convert Honda Odyssey LX chassis or Honda Odysseys with black or olive interior).  We will continue to accept customer supplied Dodge and Chrysler minivans as well.

What this means to you as a consumer is that you can work with a local car dealer and purchase your Honda Odyssey, Dodge Grand Caravan or Chrysler Town & Country minivan and take advantage of the CARS program.  You can then work with your local VMI Mobility Equipment Dealer to have that minivan shipped to Phoenix for the wheelchair conversion process.  You van locate authorized VMI Dealers by going to the VMI Web site and entering in your zip code.

I highly recommend that you start with you local Mobility Equipment Dealer to ensure everything is being handled properly.   The government program is a wonderful incentive and I hope you get to take advantage of it!