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Do I need a Rear Entry or Side Entry Conversion Van?

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Answer: You have to choose the wheelchair van that best fits your personal mobility needs.

Side Entry

It’s easier to pick up or drop off a passenger in a wheelchair curbside with a side-entry wheelchair van. If the van has a ramp for exit and entry, an accessible parking space is ideal to accommodate the extra width needed to enter and exit the wheelchair van. Side-entry wheelchair vans typically have seats that can be removed as needed. Side-entry wheelchair vans allow the wheelchair user to have more options, they can ride as a passenger or drive. Side-entry wheelchair vans are a good choice for wheelchair users who want to be in the driver’s seat.

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Rear Entry

Rear entry wheelchair vans feature a lowered area in the rear to accommodate the wheelchair and a foldout ramp. The middle seats can remain unmodified and allow for seating for other passengers. Rear-entry wheelchair vans are typically less expensive than side-entry wheelchair vans. Typically, Rear-entry vans can accommodate wider chairs.

Make sure to consider your daily routines when choosing an access point for your vehicle. If someone parks too close to your side entry van, you make not be able to enter or exit the vehicle. With a rear entry van, parking on a hill is more challenging, as is parallel parking since you need extra room in the rear for the wheelchair user to be able to enter and exit the vehicle. If you are uncertain about which option would work best for you or if you would just like the advice from one of our experts, please give us a call at 877-578-1576 and we will make sure to help walk you through everything you need to know about purchasing your next wheelchair van.


A few things to speak with one of our representatives about:

  • What are the dimensions of my chair, and what vehicles or options will it work with?
  • What position would you like to sit inside the vehicle? 
  • Will the wheelchair user be the one driving the vehicle?
  • Will there be an attendant with the wheelchair user at all times?
  • What is important to the wheelchair user’s personal needs?

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