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Bussani Mobility also has a wonderful option of renting the vehicle for a few days to try it out in their try-before-you-buy program.

Price Range

There are two components which go into the total cost of the mobility vehicle, the base price of the original vehicle itself and the price of the mobility package including its installation. New converted minivans range in price from $40,000-$75,000 based on the optional items the customer desires. Full-size adapted vans range from $60,000-$70,000, also based on customer preferences.

Dan states that the mobility industry has made great strides over the past 40 years. Originally it only offered commercial full size vans which were cut open so that a lift could be installed. Today, there are many more options available, including smaller and more comfortable minivans with power ramps and built in tie downs.

This specialized industry is self-regulated by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association so the industry can monitor and regulate the modification of these vehicles. This enforces quality standards that meet government regulations.

The best ways to find dealers in your area are to search the Internet, network with other people who have bought an adapted vehicle, or visit the nearest Abilities Expo (again, do an Internet search for dates and locations). You can also visit www.nmeda.com and put in your zip code.

Web sites for Lift manufacturers:

www.vantagemobility.com

www.riconcorp.com

www.braunability.com

Elisheva Stein is the mother of two special needs children and has been driving a handicapped accessible vehicle for 8 years.

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