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What are some tips for buying used wheelchair vans?

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Tips for buying a used wheelchair van include purchasing from a reputable dealer, having the vehicle evaluated by Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists personnel, and writing a list of specific requirements before shopping for a vehicle. It is important to personally test drive the van before committing to the purchase.

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Write a checklist of essential features and specifications to help narrow down the options. The list may include who the vehicle is transporting, interior height requirements, and whether the wheelchair lift is compatible with the wheelchair being used.

Next, visit a used van dealership specializing in selling wheelchair accessible vehicles. The dealer is likely to be trained or have specialist staff members who are conversant with the different systems and equipment unique to wheelchair-accessible vehicles. He is also able to suggest the best vehicle type and model based on individual mobility needs.

Have a qualified ADED personnel inspect the van if the wheelchair occupant is driving it. The specialist takes into account driver seating requirements, limitations and equipment required to adapt the vehicle to the driver. This helps save money on expensive aftermarket modifications by purchasing the appropriate vehicle from the beginning. It is advisable to have a mechanic with experience in mobility vehicles check that the body and mechanical parts of the van are working as they should.

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