We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to maintain their independence, which is why we offer a wide variety of options for wheelchair accessible van conversions. We recommend that customers upgrade their mobility equipment every three years; so if you’ve purchased a conversion van or mobility equipment in the last few years, it is important to start thinking about upgrades. Shopping for upgrades can be a daunting task, but our Mobility Specialists can make it easy for you.
Do you need a seat that allows you to transfer from your wheelchair to either front seat? Is what you’re looking for is a completely automated lift that will fold out at the touch of a button? Edmunds.com and BraunAbility have put together a comprehensive list of things to think about when shopping for your conversion upgrades and conversion vehicles.
Here are a few things to think about when shopping for conversion upgrades:
- Know Your Options. We offer many alternatives when it comes to mobility upgrades and your options depend largely on how mobile you are. For example, we have brake extenders and hand controls for people with simple range of motion problems as well as amputees. The possibilities are not limited for people with disabilities
- Tap your dealer’s expertise. Our Mobility Specialists are well-equipped to handle all of your questions. Need to know the weight of a ramp? How about the turning radius of a turning automotive seat? Our representatives are able to handle all of those questions and more.
- Choose an accredited dealer. NMEDA is an Association of Mobility Dealers, Manufacturers, and Rehabilitation Professionals that advocates providing safe, reliable vehicles and modifications to enhance accessibility for all people. Mobility dealers have mechanics that are expected to be trained to meet the standards of the mobility industry. NMEDA offers a Quality Assurance Program, a accreditation program for the adaptive mobility industry. M.C. Mobility System is a QAP dealer. We are also recognized by the Adaptive Driving Alliance. ADA members are highly skilled and trained and offer the best products on the market in van conversions, handicap vans, car hand controls, wheelchair lifts, scooter lifts, tie downs, wheelchair accessible van rentals, paratransit and other driving aids.
- Know the value of experience. M.C. Mobility Systems, Inc was established in 1985 by Mark DiRosa and Carmen Paterniti to provide vehicle and housing modifications for the physically challenged. Our Mobility Specialists have over 100 years of experience in the mobility and automotive industries.
- Get references. Let us know if you would be interested in speaking with other customers who have purchased with us in the past. We would be happy to provide you with references. Get in touch with these references, and find out if they’re happy with the service they’ve received.
- Consider the warranty. We honor manufacturer warranties on service. Feel free to contact Mobility Specialist for more information.
- Get the right fit. If you want to purchase a vehicle, one of the most important things to think about is fit. Will the vehicle fit your wheelchair and accessories as well as any passengers who may ride with you? Some may need a larger mini-van, while some can opt for a smaller SUV.
- Decide whether you want a rear-entry or side-entry modification. When you’re looking to purchase a conversion vehicle, this is another of the most important things to think about. If you’re concerned about the amount of room that you have to park in, you may want to opt with a rear-entry. In side-entry vans, you can access both the mid-section and front of the vehicle while remaining in your chair. However, with a rear-entry vehicle, you can generally only access the rear and mid-section of your vehicle while remaining seated. This is something that you can discuss with a Mobility Specialist at great length.
- Know the pros and cons of purchasing the chassis separately versus buying the vehicle premade. It is important to always purchase from a qualified mobility dealer. Having someone other than a mobility shop convert your vehicle for you can be dangerous. Speak with our Mobility Specialists about the cost differences in purchasing a conversion vehicle or having your vehicle converted.
- Prepare for a long day. While we work to make your experience as quick and easy as possible, it is still important that a dealer analyze all of your needs to put together a complete package. Feel free to bring all of your own questions. We recommend taking a look at our inventory and making notes on products that are of interest to you. You can also start the conversation by submitting a product or vehicle information request.
We want to make the sales experience as easy as possible for you. Let us know if you have any questions or leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Not sure where to start? Begin your search with our Mobility Solution Finder.