Wheelchair van conversions are a very common type of modification done for people who are handicapped and want to drive for themselves. These conversions can be done in full size vans, conversions vans, and even in compact mini vans. Depending on the type of conversion you want done, the cost can be between $10,000 and $20,000.
Rear Entry Wheelchair Ramp
This is the least expensive of the two main modifications that can be done for a wheelchair van. It does not involve any modification to the rear door, but does include installing a mechanical ramp that will protrude out of the back of the van. This is typically within the $10,000 to $14,000 range because there is less involved in the modification.
Side Entry Wheelchair Lift
The side entry modification is a cost of around $20,000. This is because the doors must be changed from a manual sliding door to either a double hinged door or an electronic opening door. Included in this is a chair lift that extends out from the van and then lowers the wheelchair to the surface.
Because of the extra weight that the van will be hauling, there is going to be more stress on the axles, springs, shocks, and brakes. These upgrades will also factor into the overall cost of the wheelchair van conversion.
If the owner of the vehicle is the one who is confined to the wheelchair, more modifications can be completed to allow them to drive. This can be an extra $5,000 to $7,000 depending on whether hand controls are installed. A swivel captain's chair or a place to lock in the wheelchair can be options which will also cause some slight fluctuation in the cost.