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Buying Vehicles With Used Wheelchair Lifts Could Be A Cost Effective Solution

Pre-owned vehicles can be a cost effective means of solving wheelchair transportation needs, even those with used wheelchair lifts.  

The cost of a new, specially outfitted handicapped accessible van can be prohibitive, and many people try to save money by instead buying a base model van and having a set of used wheelchair lifts installed. For even more substantial savings, check into used vans with used wheelchair lifts already installed. 
Lifts can be either motorized or manual. The manual version is relatively simple to install and can often be a do it yourself project for someone basically handy, and are also pretty low cost. Some slide into a hitch of the back of your vehicle, and there is even one or two which can be installed and removed with only one person. Motorized lifts require drilling into the body of the vehicle and wiring the unit to your car's battery; a project best left to the experts. There is one power wheelchair product made that can be easily installed by attaching it to the third-row hardware in a lot of mini-vans, and operated by its own battery, which makes for easy installation. This unit is called the BackPacker lift by Silver Star. 
Of course, used wheelchair lifts can be obtained for a fraction of the cost of the same thing new. Some people opt to upgrade and sell their old equipment, but more frequently you will probably see used vans with wheelchair lifts sold as a package deal. Getting a great deal on this type of van with an included lift requires the same type of due diligence you would do with any used vehicle purchase. Check it out yourself, and also have your mechanic give it the once-over before laying down any cash for the vehicle. If your mechanic is not comfortable giving his opinion on the lift, find a service facility for lifts and ask them to check it over for you. Be prepared, of course, to pay them for their time. 
If you're considering a used van with a lift, it's probably still a good idea to work directly with an experienced van conversion company. An experienced mobility van company can give you more information and tips, and also guide you toward the vehicle that makes sense for your particular situation. They can give you access specifications and teach you how to use and maintain your new equipment. 
Also when you're contemplating buying a used van with a wheelchair lift, it is good to have several different options from which to choose. Consider carefully what type of lift will work best for your particular situation. Can you make do with an inexpensive manual liftPsychology Articles, or does the situation absolutely require a power lift? A reputable van conversion company should be able to present you with a package deal at a discounted price. They also will be able to offer you a pre-owned vehicle which they can adapt to your exact needs by adding new or used wheelchair lifts at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new vehicle package.

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John Greyling is a retired entrepreneur and businessman. During his career he acquired extensive experience in many business sectors. He now spends his time travelling the world with his family and writing. For more information on wheelchair lifts and other mobility equipment visit

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