You should select the wheelchair van that best suits your unique mobility needs, here are some considerations –
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 handicap vans typically have seats that can be removed as needed. Side-entry vans allow the wheelchair user to have more options, they can ride as a passenger or drive. Side-entry wheelchair vehicles are a good choice for wheelchair users who want to be in the driver’s seat.
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. With a rear-entry wheelchair van, the option to drive from your wheelchair does not exist. 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.