wheelchair vans

  • Wheelchair Vans & Handicap Accessibility

    Van Products is proud to be a leader in the sale of wheelchair vans in the Southeast. However, our inventory isn't only limited to handicap vans and vehicles. In fact, Van Products offers tons of other options in terms of mobility accessories and products!

    Improving Accessibility for Handicap Persons

    As you may already know, while wheelchair vans certainly help handicap persons get from Point A to Point B in their daily lives, there are other types of mobility products and accessories that really help to improve a person's mobility when they are in their home, at the office, or in the community, in general.

    So, what do these mobility products look like? Before we explore the types of mobility products we offer, consider the reasons why someone may need to take advantage of a mobility product. Commonly, it is the misperception that physical disabilities are those disabilities which are obvious to the naked eye. While this is true, there are those who have physical disabilities or mobility challenges that may not always be as obvious but which they may need a mobility product to help assist them.

    For example, someone who suffers from severe arthritis and cannot turn their neck fully may take advantage of a backup camera. Someone who has joint problems or arthritis in their hands may use hand controls. And someone who has had multiple knee replacements or who has trouble climbing stairs may use a stair lift.

    Besides this, there are some people who may need the use of mobility products or vehicles due to temporary physical disabilities, such as outpatient rehab, recovery from a major surgery, or a broken bone.

    2014 Toyota Sienna XLE

    Converting Your Current Vehicle to be Handicap Accessible

    Do you have a current van or truck that you're thinking of converting to be more handicap accessible? You're not alone. If you need a wheelchair accessible vehicle but already have a van or truck, it is possible to convert your vehicle to become wheelchair accessible. To get started, speak with one of our mobility specialists. They'll be happy to walk you through the conversion process.

    Effective, Custom Mobility Features

    What helps to set Van Products apart from the competition is that our wheelchair vans and vehicles each feature unique and effective non-slip ramps and automatic kneeling systems. We also offer choices between side and rear entry for all of our handicap vehicles - all of this making it easier to enter and exit the vehicle compared with keeping your van/vehicle in its original state.

    Drive in Comfort

    One of the mobility features we are most proud of with our handicap vans is our floor level feature for handicap drivers. Often, wheelchair vans are disproportionate, leaving the driver too low to the ground or the wheelchair passenger in the back seat too high to see out of the front window.

    By leveling out the ground and lifting the front seats, wheelchair passengers can see out of the front window while the driver remains at a comfortable height.

    For more information about converting your current van or truck to be handicap accessible, or if you have additional questions about any of our conversion van features or options, contact one of our mobility specialists today.

  • Handicap Accessible Ford Transit Connect Conversion

    As one of the leaders of new and used handicap vans and other wheelchair accessible vehicles in the Southeast United States, Van Products is proud to sell a newly converted Ford Transit Connect Van.

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    About the Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van

    Built by Ford, we took the Ford Transit Connect Van and converted it to make it wheelchair accessible for our customers who have mobility challenges.

    Though the Ford Transit Connect Van was initially built for commercial use, it also works well for handicap passengers. Our Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van features:

    • Rear entry
    • Lowered floor conversion
    • 800 lb. ramp capacity
    • Roomy interior
    • Rear liftgate swing up (for easy entry)
    • Meets ADA, FMVSS vehicle requirements
    • Comes with warranty
    • And more!

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    Style, Comfort, & Safety

    At Van Products, the safety of our customers is our top priority. This is why we've equipped the Ford Transit Connect with all of the mobility features needed. Additionally, if there are other types of conversion features that you require, we will make sure you have them!

    The newly converted Ford Transit Connect is a great option for nursing homes, seniors with limited mobility, those who are temporarily disabled due to an accident, veterans, and others. Best of all, the Ford Transit Connect has plenty of space for wheelchair users and additional passengers. It will hold up to 6 adult passengers (including one wheelchair)!

    Whatever mobility features you can dream of, we're already two steps ahead! With the Transit Connect, there is no need to move the 2nd row of seating to add a wheelchair position. One of the key features of this conversion van is its convenient fold-up ramp system, which folds flat and stows away when not in use.

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    Ford Transit Connect for Personal or Commercial Use

    One of the great things that we love about the Ford Transit Connect is its versatility. With our recent conversion, the Ford Transit Connect is even more versatile than ever, making it convenient for wheelchair users and families or for commercial use.

    Now, you can experience even more freedom of mobility with a wheelchair accessible vehicle that offers you ease of access, good gas mileage, plenty of room for family and friends, and other mobility features that make getting around town easier than ever.

    Stop by our Raleigh location today to experience the features in person, or request a demo of the Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by filling out our simple, online form here.

    Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van by Van Products

    Contact Us Today!

    For additional information about the Ford Transit Connect Conversion Van, contact one of our mobility specialists today by calling: (919) 209-6133. Our mobility specialists will be able to provide you with answers to any questions you have regarding availability, cost, financing options, and delivery information for your area.

  • Selling Your Wheelchair Van? Follow These Steps

    wheelchair vanSelling your wheelchair van is much like selling a regular vehicle. Before you list your van for sale in the classifieds or online, follow these tips to ensure that you get the most for your money.

    Before You List Your Wheelchair Van for Sale

    Thoroughly clean the interior and exterior of your wheelchair van and check its conversion parts.

    Just as a fresh coat of paint can transform a room in a home, a professionally cleaned vehicle can go from looking like a used wheelchair van to looking nearly brand new.

    When cleaning your wheelchair van, be sure to check that all of the conversion parts are in good working order. The last thing you want is to sell your wheelchair van to someone only to have problems creep up later.

    Get all of your wheelchair van papers and information organized.

    You should carefully organize any and all information pertaining to your wheelchair van, such as maintenance records and original receipts for any parts or special conversion items that may have been added, as well as any original manuals, handbooks, or other information. You may also find it helpful to further label this information into separate file folders for a neater, more organized presentation.

    Clear the title.

    When selling a vehicle independently, you must ensure that you have a clean title. If your vehicle isn’t paid off, or if it has liens or other issues associated with it, you won’t be able to sell it. Clear up any legal matters long before you even decide to list your van for sale.

    Obtain several estimates for the actual value of your wheelchair van.

    There are a number of great, reliable resources on the Internet to help you assess the value of your wheelchair van. However, you may consider approaching a trusted, reputable wheelchair van dealer to help give you an honest appraisal of your vehicle. Doing so will help you have more realistic expectations for what your van is worth. Don’t be afraid to obtain several professional opinions!

    Properly price your wheelchair van before listing it.

    There are three common types of pricing options used when pricing a vehicle, and it is important to recognize the differences between these options:

    Retail – used when you are selling your wheelchair van to a retail buyer

    Consignment – Many reputable wheelchair van or mobility dealers have consignment programs, which typically charge you a percentage commission to help you sell your wheelchair van. The benefit is that you don’t have to do any of the real leg work (i.e. marketing, etc.). This option is a great choice for those who don’t have the time to sell their vehicles themselves.

    Wholesale – In some instances, wheelchair van dealers may be interested in buying your wheelchair van from you directly. The pros of this option include a faster sale of your vehicle; however, you will likely get the least amount of money from the sale of your wheelchair van, since the dealer will only give you the cash value.

    Set realistic expectations about time.

    On average, a wheelchair van/handicap accessible vehicle can take anywhere from three to six months to sell. Because it is a special kind of vehicle, buyers will have more questions as well as more concerns before agreeing to a purchase. Be prepared to answer any and all questions related to your van and ensure that everything in your wheelchair van is in proper working order. The more prepared you are, the better the sales process will be!

    For additional information about selling your wheelchair van, or for assistance in selling your wheelchair van, contact one of our mobility specialists today:

    Raleigh: (800) 662-7572

    Wilmington: (866) 381-7192

  • What Kind of Adaptive Driving Equipment Is Right For Me?

    Thanks to all of the latest technological advances in the automotive industry, those faced with physical disabilities now have more options than ever when it comes to selecting the right kind of wheelchair van or other mobility product to help them meet their unique needs. The following are some things to consider when trying to assess what kind of adaptive driving equipment you may or may not need.

    *This information is intended to be used purely for informational purposes. Please consult with your doctor as well as one of our qualified vehicle modification dealer specialists to help you make the most informed decision.

    car steering wheel by Sheffield Tiger on flickr cc

    Evaluating YOUR Needs

    What is my budget?

    The type of adaptive driving equipment that you need will depend, largely, on your budget. Know ahead of time how much money you will need, based on the actual cost of the adaptive technology you require.

    What are the limitations within my disability?

    Each disability is different, and the type of adaptive driving equipment you’ll need will depend on a number of factors, which the NHTSA lists as:

    • Muscle strength, flexibility, and range of motion
    • Coordination and reaction time
    • Judgment and decision making abilities
    • Ability to drive with adaptive equipment

    The NHTSA states that driving rehabilitation specialists will perform comprehensive evaluations to help identify the adaptive equipment most suited to your needs. You’ll also want to work with your medical care team as well.

    Selecting a Wheelchair Accessible/Handicap Vehicle

    Other questions to think through when considering adaptive equipment needs include:

    • Will a regular passenger sedan suffice, or will my adaptive equipment require a wheelchair van?
    • Will the vehicle be able to handle the amount/type of adaptive equipment that may need to be installed?
    • What about additional room for passengers/family?
    • Do I have adequate space at home to park my vehicle and get out?
    • What additional modifications may need to be made down the line?

    As you can see, there are numerous considerations to take into account when selecting mobility products and adaptive driving equipment for your wheelchair van or vehicle.

    If you are just getting started in the selection process and have questions or concerns about which types of adaptive equipment is best suited to your specific mobility situation, contact a Van Products mobility specialist today. All of our mobility specialists are highly trained professionals in the area of wheelchair vans, adaptive vehicle equipment, and various other mobility needs.

    Raleigh, NC

    (919) 878-7110

    Toll Free: (800) 662-7572

    Wilmington, NC

    (910) 793-5661

    Toll Free: (866) 381-7192

  • A Dad’s story about his disabled son, Shay and a game of baseball…

    Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay asked, 'Do you think they'll let me play?' I knew that most of the boys would not want someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

    I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could play. The boy looked around for guidance and said, 'We're losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to bat in the ninth inning.'

    Shay struggled over to the team's bench and, with a broad smile, put on a team shirt.   I watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at my son being accepted.

    In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few runs but was still behind by three.

    In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a glove and played in the right field. Even though no hits came his way, he was obviously ecstatic just to be in the game and on the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands.

    In the bottom of the ninth inning, Shay's team scored again.

    Now, with two outs and the bases loaded, the potential winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat.

    At this juncture, do they let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game?

    Surprisingly, Shay was given the bat. Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to hold the bat properly, much less connect with the ball.

    However, as Shay stepped up to the plate, the pitcher, recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in Shay's life, moved in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact.

    The first pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed.

    The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly towards Shay.

    As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and hit a slow ground ball right back to the pitcher.

    The game would now be over.

    The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman.

    Shay would have been out and that would have been the end of the game.

    Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right over the first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates.

    Everyone from the stands and both teams started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!

    Run to first!'

    Never in his life had Shay ever run that far, but he made it to first base.

    He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled.

    Everyone yelled, 'Run to second, run to second!'

    Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second, gleaming and struggling to make it to the base.

    By the time Shay rounded towards second base, the right fielder had the ball.  The smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance to be the hero for his team.

    He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the tag, but he understood the pitcher's intentions so he, too, intentionally threw the ball high and far over the third-baseman's head.

    Shay ran toward third base deliriously as the runners ahead of him circled the bases toward home.

    All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

    Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him in the direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third!

    Shay, run to third!'

    As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators, were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home! Run home!'

    Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam and won the game for his team

    That day, the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity into this world.

    Shay didn't make it to another summer. He died that winter, having never forgotten being the hero and making me so happy, and coming home and seeing his Mother tearfully embrace her little hero of the day!

  • Exceptional Wheelchair Vans, Exceptional Service

    At Van Products, our motto is “Life is a moving experience. Our products and services help you go anywhere, anytime,” so we have the highest quality and most up to date designs of wheelchair vans, both family style and commercial.
    We focus on offering the best vans available to enable you to gain as much independence in mobility as possible, and to make a difficult process as easy as possible. Here are a few of our great options:
    Chrysler CompanionVan SE: Looking for a budget-friendly solution for your mobility?  The CompanionVan offers the accessibility of a traditional lowered-floor minivan in a streamlined, economical package. If you travel with an attendant, the manual door and ramp reduce conversion costs for those who want to keep things simple.
    Dodge/ Chrysler Entervan: The Entervan has long been a leader among wheelchair models, not just at Van Products, but nationwide. It offers the best of safety, style and comfort.

    Toyota Sienna: This sleek new 2011 model combines innovative design and wheelchair capability without sacrificing any of the style of a new vehicle.  Additionally, it has been listed as a top safety vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    Honda Odyssey: The automatic kneeling system allows the driver to lower the van from a remote control on the key chain, creating a lower ramp angle and increased headroom for those entering and exiting.  The van is also outfitted with removable seating that allows passengers to adjust the seating arrangement and ride wherever they are comfortable.

  • New Wheelchair Van: 2011 Toyota Sienna

    wheelchair accessible vanAs 2011 rolls around, we’re excited to tell you all about the most recent addition to our line of handicap vans: the 2011 Toyota Sienna.

    This sleek new model combines innovative design and wheelchair capability without sacrificing any of the style of a new vehicle.  Additionally, the 2011 Toyota Sienna has been listed as a top safety vehicle by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

    As with all of our wheelchair accessible vans, the 2011 Toyota Sienna features a lightweight aluminum fold-out ramp with a non-skid, powder-coated finish allowing convenient side entry for those in wheelchairs. From a key-chain remote, the van’s ramp can be automatically extended and the van’s rear suspension can be lowered to maximize ease and speed of access.

    handicap accessible van

    This innovative feature provides a gentle and easily manageable ramp slope, and the low interior floor simplifies maneuvering a wheelchair inside the vehicle. The floortrack and belt system enables seating of the wheelchair in a wide variety of positions in the front or back of the van.

    The updated model is more spacious than previous models, using bigger doorways and a larger rear cargo area. To increase storage space even more, the vehicle’s rear seats have the ability to fold forward when needed, and a retractable footrest designed for the comfort of passengers in wheelchairs also comes standard.

    Drop us a note for more information or if you would like to take a closer look at the style and features of the newest in our line of wheelchair vans. Can’t get to our office? We’re happy to come to you! We offer full demonstrations of our handicap accessible vehicles at your home if you live in North Carolina.  Get in touch, we’d love to see how we can help!

  • NC Wheelchair Community: Happy Holidays Recap!

    This holiday season, we want to wish you our best! As a wheelchair accessible van provider, we are proud to serve the wheelchair community in any way we can. We enjoy putting the spotlight on organizations involved in activities and events that impact the wheelchair community.

    We like to highlight individuals who are particularly inspirational in overcoming the challenge of disability. We also want to be as helpful to you as possible, so we want to answer any questions you might have about wheelchair accessible vans (new wheelchair vans, rentals or used handicap vans) and other mobility solutions.

    We want to hear from you – what would you like to see on the blog? More details about specific vans? Help with financing a van? More fun stories about wheelchair community events and individuals? Or possibly tips for being a caregiver and taking care of loved ones in wheelchairs?

    Here are a few of our favorite examples of different topics, let us know what resonates with you! We’re here to serve you, to help you as you face ups and downs, and to keep your life the moving experience it was intended to be!

    Tips for Making Your Home Wheelchair Accessible

    The Wheelchair Foundation Gives the Gift of Mobility

    Raleigh Wheelchair Van Features: Convenience for You is Our Top Priority

    Recent Developments Spark Hope for Wheelchair Communities

    Overcoming Challenge and Disability; A Father’s Love and a Son’s Cerebral Palsy

    Drop us a note, we’d love to hear what you think! Happy Holidays!

  • Handicap Accessibility: Winter 2010 Paralympics Recap

    The Winter Paralympic Games, though not as prominent as its summer counterpart, provided an amazing spectacle to thousands of viewers around the world last winter.

    Immediately following the Olympics in Vancouver last year, over 500 Paralympic athletes from 44 countries competed across 64 events. 2010’s games were called “The best Paralympics ever,” by International Paralympics Committee Chairman Sir Phillip Craven. Fans around the world echo his sentiment as 5 new participating countries, the most press coverage ever, and the location at Whistler, one of the world’s best winter sports venues, made this a truly remarkable games.

    The 5 sports in the Winter Paralympic Games are ice sledge hockey, wheelchair curling, the biathlon, cross-country skiing, and alpine downhill. While certain athletes, including German skier Verena Bentele and Canadian skier Lauren Woolstencroft, proved to be dominant in their events, there was a tremendous amount of competition in this year’s games. The Russian team took the overall title lead with 38 total gold, silver, and bronze medals among their team, followed by Germany with 24, and host nation Canada tying Ukraine with 19 medals apiece. The US took 5th place overall with an impressive 13 gold, silver and bronze medals as well.

    Ice Sledge Hockey drew the most buzz throughout the competition, as the host Canadian squad were the defending champions and favorites. The Canadian team ended up in 4th place, however, with the United States taking the gold medal and Japan and Norway taking 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Other sports drew great crowds and captivated viewers, also. The overall games drew a record 230,000 fans as ticket sales easily succeeded those from the previous event in Torino.

    The viewership and coverage was unprecedented, as nearly 1,200 media representatives and 1.6 billion viewers in 22 countries saw the games. This coverage is exciting to us because it undoubtedly increases disability awareness and shows off the achievements of our brave community. With four years to go until the next Winter Paralympics, we encourage members of the disabled community to talk to us about increasing their mobility and engaging with the amazing wheelchair community. Get in touch to learn more about events like this or wheelchair van options for you!

  • Holiday Getaway Giveaway: Win a Wheelchair Van for a Weekend Getaway!

    It's the Holiday Getaway Giveaway!

    We are excited to announce our wheelchair van getaway contest! That's right, we're giving you the chance to win a free wheelchair accessible van for a weekend! Travel to the destination of your choice and enjoy the accessibility Van Products handicap vans provide. We wanted to support and give back to our community this holiday season and we couldn't think of a better way than giving someone the opportunity to take a trip they may not have been able to take otherwise! To enter, visit our Facebook contest page between now and December 31st.  Just submit a picture of your favorite trip and a brief story about why it was so wonderful!  Then, invite your friends and family to vote to make your story the winner between December 31st and January 6th. On January 7th we'll announce the winner of the Weekend Getaway in our wheelchair accessible van! This holiday season we want you all to know how thankful we are for the amazing wheelchair community we're a part of and to tell you that we want to support you in whatever way we can! Life is a moving experience and we hope to help you keep yours that way!

    Happy Holidays!

    Not submitting a story? Become a part of the jury and vote for your favorite travel story! Encourage your friends to support the wheelchair community by voting as well.

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