One of the most common questions asked by first-time buyers is: “Why are wheelchair vans so expensive?” For some, when looking at initial pricing of different vans and features, the dream of owning a wheelchair van can suddenly feel out of reach. The reasons for this cost depend on a few different factors:
First, you have the cost of the vehicle itself, before modifications. The cost of a van can vary greatly depending on if you’re purchasing new or used, the type of vehicle, and its age.
Next, there’s the conversion equipment to be installed into the van. This alone can run anywhere between $10,000 – $20,000, depending on the types of modifications being performed.
Finally, you’re paying for the cost of 3-4 weeks of intensive labor to have the equipment both installed and tested to make sure your van passes all required safety tests. Also, since this type of conversion work requires specialized training, the number of individuals who can properly do this work is relatively few.
After all is said and done, the total cost of a wheelchair conversion van can be upwards of $40,000 – $60,000. This number can seem daunting for a first-time buyer; however, there are resources for financial assistance that you may have not yet considered: For veterans with certain disabilities who are looking for financial assistance toward the purchase of a wheelchair van, there are grants available through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), for those who qualify. This includes veterans with both service- and non-service-related injuries. To find out more information about these grants, please visit our Veteran Advocate Center.
For non-veterans, there are grants and loan options that may help you with the overall cost. Whether you are buying the van for yourself or your child, there are potential options to assist with financing. Please visit VMI’s financing page to read more…
At VMI, we assist our customers with wheelchair van conversions through our vehicle builders, who are highly skilled in creating the van that will suit your unique needs and wants. We also have a Customer Advocate Center – a team of wheelchair van phone specialists dedicated to answering your questions, from financing options to deciding which type of conversion to purchase for your van. And for even more specific questions, we have partnerships with over 300 mobility dealerships nationwide, so you can rest assured knowing that you are never far away from finding the specific answers you’re looking for.
We know how frustrating it is to not have the ability to come and go as you please due to limited transportation options. Owning a wheelchair van that accommodates your needs isn’t just for comfort and reliability; it’s also a symbol of freedom and independence. Our number-one priority is to help you find and finance a transport solution that fits your needs.