We’d like to get a vehicle that is wheelchair accessible. We are looking at the Chevy Uplander, merely because a full sized van is too big for the driver in this house to handle (some people are afraid of bigger cars), and the Uplander is the only minivan big enough to accommodate my power wheelchair (which, by the way costs as much as a car – thankfully insurance paid for it). The Uplander costs around $23,000 for the extended version (the kind you have to get in order for it to be made accessible). The initial quote for lowering the floor and adding a wheelchair ramp and tie downs to the van is $15,000. This is what is needed to make the van accessible. For the van, I’d be paying $38,000. An already converted van of this type is going to cost upwards of $50,000, so making my van accessible on my own will actually save money.
Traveling to the doctor’s currently is an ALL day experience by public transport. I don’t get out much as a result. If I have an emergency, I can’t go to the hospital, without calling 911. I can’t just hop in the car and drive. I also have to pay hundreds of dollars out of pocket for an ambulance to drive me home since I don’t have any way of getting my wheelchair to the hospital with me, or any way to get home without said ambulance. I’ve had to turn down necessary doctor’s appointments due to travel issues dealing with public transportation’s unreliability and my health has suffered because of this.