Most rental car companies offer minivan, full size, and large van rentals, but searching for a handicap van for rent may take a little extra effort. While a more specialized field and, therefore, a little more tricky, finding the right van is not as hard as you may think.
There are a number of organizations dedicated to this particular end of the rental industry. Groups of independent wheelchair van dealers form a nationwide network of handicap accessible vehicle distributors and rental locations. Their websites are very helpful in finding local rental locations and matching you with the vehicle you need, as per availability. Searching out other independent companies’ sites is also a good way to connect you with what’s available for a reasonable price in your area.
Check your local phone book and newspaper(s) for dealers and distributors in your area. Many handicap van dealerships also offer a rental service, be it daily, weekly, or monthly. As an incentive to buy the vehicle, some even have a rent-to-own program, where a portion of the total rental costs (up to 50%) is actually used toward the purchase price of that van.
New and improved products are being created every day, allowing handicapped wheelchair users to live more independent lives than otherwise possible. With all the different mobility products and conversion vehicles available today, no longer is there a reason for severely disabled people to not drive or travel as a passenger. Mobility equipment such as ramp and lift systems, lower floors and higher roofs, hand controls, and various other products make many people’s lives much more comfortable and pleasant.