There are many reasons to consider replacing a wheelchair accessible van. Perhaps wear and tear has compromised your current vehicle, or it doesn’t get the gas mileage you were expecting. Maybe your accessibility needs have changed, or you find yourself wanting a feature that was available earlier.
In any case, wheelchair conversion vans sometimes need replacing. But you don’t need to start from scratch. Your current vehicle’s trade-in value can reduce the cost of your next conversion van.
Maintain Your Wheelchair Van’s Appearance
Looks aren’t everything, but they are definitely important at trade-in time. Any cosmetic damage will drive down the value of your vehicle. Regular washes and waxes will guard your paint job against damage from the elements, as will winterizing the vehicle before conditions become harsh.
Avoiding excessive direct sunlight will help prevent damage. Interior cleanings should be conducted regularly. Preventative measures will help you avoid more frequent cleanings, so don’t smoke, eat, or drink inside the van. Having the van detailed periodically will also help protect its appearance. Getting the van restored and detailed prior to trade-in is also a good idea.
Perform Regular Maintenance
It’s important to make sure the van is functioning properly and running smoothly. Drive carefully to prevent wear and tear to the wheels, brakes, and undercarriage. Have ramps, doors, and kneel systems checked every 3-6 months. Keep up with regular tune-ups, oil changes, tire rotations, fluid checks, and other essential check-ups.
Make sure to change tires that are worn or have experienced damage such as punctures. Also, watch the mileage: one of the first things dealers look at is how many miles are on the vehicle. Try to avoid adding mileage that isn’t necessary. But remember that mileage alone isn’t the be-all end-all. If the mileage is low, but the van has hardly been serviced, the value would obviously still decrease. Both mileage and condition can be deal-breakers.
Keep Records of All Maintenance, Repairs, and Cleanings
At trade-in time, evidence of care is very important. It shows that you have been diligent with taking proper care of the vehicle, so this helps it to retain value. Make sure to keep all receipts and paperwork from all cleanings, details, restorations, maintenance, and repairs that have been done on the vehicle.
Reduce the Cost of Your Next Accessible Vehicle by Maintaining Your Current One
With a decent trade-in value, your current wheelchair van can help you save a lot on the cost of its replacement. And it will also help someone else who is looking for a high-quality used conversion van. Maintaining your van’s appearance and operation, as well as keeping careful and thorough records of this maintenance, will help preserve and improve its value. Whatever your reason for replacing your wheelchair van, trading it in will greatly reduce the cost of your next one. Care for your wheelchair van now, so you can use its value to trade-up later.