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Finding the Best Qualified Dodge Mobility Wheelchair Van Dealer for Conversions

Written by Kylie Evans. Filed in Dodge Adapting & Conversion Guide

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You’ve decided to purchase a Dodge wheelchair van. Now it’s time to select the right mobility wheelchair to perform your customizations. What can you do to make the best possible choice?

The Right Dealer for the Job

Don’t assume that all dealers are equally talented or capable. While some may do a wonderful job, others may perform haphazard work. The world of NMEDA mobility equipment dealers is just like any other industry. There are a few bad apples in the barrel and you need to avoid them. After all, your safety and your investment will both be at stake. This isn’t the time to play hunches. You need to make the best possible decision.

Weeding Out the Poor Performers

You should begin by building a list of potential dealers in your area and then testing them against a series of basic questions. This will separate the obviously deficient providers from the professionals.

You’ll want to call the dealers on your list and find out

  • If they’re experienced with converting Dodge wheelchair vans
  • If they’re willing to supply references from past customers
  • Their level of experience,
  • Any special credentials they may have
  • Whether they’re willing to work with a professional evaluator to be certain that modifications meet your specific needs
  • If you’ll need a prescription or other documentation for the to perform the job
  • How long it usually takes them to perform a conversion on a Dodge wheelchair van.

The answers to those queries should give you a good idea of a dealer’s general professionalism. Choose the options that passed with flying colors and prepare to subject them to another level of scrutiny.

Digging Deeper

You’ll move on to questions that are more specific and a visit to the dealer’s facility to get a sense of their quality and professionalism.

Those more detailed questions will include determining if

  • They’re members of the National Association of Mobility Equipment Dealers (it’s a very good sign if they are)
  • Their ability to perform maintenance and service on your Dodge wheelchair van after conversion
  • Whether you’d be able to use the mobility equipment on a different vehicle at some future point
  • If they’ll be forced to make any adjustments to the van’s “stock” safety features
  • The level of experience their workers possess (you want the best of the best working on your wheelchair van).

You’re listening for the answers at this state, but you’re also interested in the general sense of quality and professionalism exhibited by the dealer. You should have a “good vibe” from at least one of your options by this point. That means it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty.

The Bottom Line

It’s time to conduct your “final interview” of the dealer at this point. You need specific information about some very important issues in this face of the selection process.

Most notably, you’ll want to discern

  • The likely final cost of your particular conversion package, based on the most likely series of modifications
  • The dealer’s willingness to accept third party reimbursement (if applicable to your situation)
  • The timeframe for the modification of your Dodge wheelchair van.

If you’ve taken the selection process seriously, you should be able to find a mobility equipment dealer who is willing, ready and able to turn a stock Caravan or Sprinter into your ideal wheelchair van. It may take a bit of time and effort to find the right dealer, but you’ll be glad you did when you take the wheel of a well-built vehicle converted to meet your specific needs.

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About Kylie Evans

Kylie Evans

Kylie understands from her life experiences that people who have a spinal cord injury are a true cross-section of humanity. Kylie provides excellent advice from her life experience with disabled people.

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