4 Key Points To Inspect When Purchasing A Used Handicap Van


Buying a used handicap van can save you a lot of money. It can also provide you with the mobility needed when you want to get all over town. Before you buy a van, there are a few key points you will want to inspect. It will make sure that you get the value for your money. 

Space Inside the Van

It’s important to look at the space that you will have inside of the van. Often, photos alone won’t show you all of what you need. The particular handicap that you are dealing with will determine just how much space you need. For example, if you need to have a wheelchair inside of the van in place of a seat, you need to have the room to do that. Not all vans will have that amount of space inside without going through a custom overhaul. Don’t hesitate to roll a wheelchair inside or bring any other equipment with you to see how well it will fit when inspecting a van for sale. 

Odometer Reading

When you buy a used van, you already know that it’s going to have some mileage on it. However, you want to know what the exact reading is on the odometer. High odometer readings mean higher mileage, which may mean that you won’t have that much more life on the van. Not all sellers are honest, either. If they have rolled back the odometer, it is fraud and can be charged as a felony. Be sure that you know whether the odometer reading is accurate. If the van looks older than what the odometer reads, don’t be afraid to ask a few questions. You can also use various services to check into the facts of a vehicle, such as how many accidents it has been involved in, before you make an offer on the van. 

All Equipment Properly Functioning

There are a lot of programs designed for people with disabilities. When you have a handicap or live with someone who does, you need to know what kind of equipment can be installed in a van to help you with mobility. It may make it possible to drive again if certain equipment is added. If you are driving someone with a disability, there are various ramps and doors that can be added, making it easier for them to get in and out. 

When you go to inspect a used handicap van, be sure to check all of the equipment to make sure it is functioning properly. You don’t want to make a purchase with the assumption that everything is working properly. Just because you saw a photo of the ramp extended doesn’t mean that the ramp extends the way that it should. Take the time to go through all of the equipment, and test it out for yourself. It will provide you with greater peace of mind knowing that everything works the way it should so that you, too, can benefit from all of the equipment. 

Overall Drivability

Finally, you will want to inspect the overall drivability of the handicap van. Some drive more like a truck or an SUV than a van, offering you a sportier feel. Take the van for a test drive to see how it handles. If there are issues with the way it turns or brakes, it may need to have work done on it. This is when you have to decide whether it’s worth investing in knowing that you’ll have to spend some money at the mechanic. Anyone selling a used van should be willing to let you take it for a test drive so that you can see how well it drives. 

A used handicap van can provide you with a significant amount of mobility. Inspect everything so that you can be sure you’re getting the value for your money.

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