What are the Benefits of Rear-Entry Wheelchair Vans?

The benefits of a rear-entry wheelchair vans are numerous and far-reaching. Points in favor of a rear-entry wheelchair van include:

  • Low cost

  • Strong ground clearance

  • Easy entry and exit

  • Easy parking

Let’s break down each advantage to help you find the perfect wheelchair-accessible van for your needs.

Low Cost

Whether you opt for side-entry or rear-entry, a wheelchair-accessible vehicle is going to cost more than an unconverted model. That said, you can cut your costs by opting for a rear-entry model. Not as much of the original vehicle needs to be converted with such a configuration, and entry ramps are typically less expensive.

Strong Ground Clearance

Ground clearance isn’t something that people commonly stop to think about, but it’s an important concern when shopping for a wheelchair-accessible van. Because a rear-entry model is raised at the rear, they are granted additional ground clearance. In contrast, side-entry models tend to ride lower — with reduced ground clearance, going over bumps or up inclines becomes more of a challenge.

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Easy Entry and Exit

Probably the most persuasive advantage in favor of rear-entry wheelchair vans is the ability to enter them without much trouble. Several maneuvers are necessary to get into position when you use a side-entry system. If the user’s feet stick out or if the chair itself is on the larger side, there’s a chance of bumping parts of the interior. With a rear-entry system, the wheelchair can simply be driven up a rear ramp. It’s quick, easy, and convenient.

Easier Parking

Even in modern parking lots, searching around for a handicap-accessible parking space can be a real chore. In fact, parking tends to be one of the biggest problems people with a wheelchair van face on a daily basis. It’s particularly tricky when you use a side-entry van — you need enough space to the side for the wheelchair to be lowered. With a rear-entry van, you can slip into nearly any space.

Contact Us Today to Discuss the Benefits of Rear-Entry Wheelchair Vans

Here at Freedom Motors, we can provide a wide range of wheelchair-accessible vans, including plenty of rear-entry models, and we also possess the ability to convert your current vehicle. To find out more, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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740 Watkins Rd. Battle Creek, MI


Phone: 800-625-6335

740 Watkins Rd. Battle Creek, MI


Phone: 800-625-6335

740 Watkins Rd. Battle Creek, MI
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Freedom Motors USA
Freedom Motors USA
740 Watkins Rd.
Battle Creek, MI, 49015 United States
Freedom Motors USA 42.2680441, -85.2798122.