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Pictured from left to right: Doug Curtis, Vantage Mobility Project Manager, and Tony Walus, Kunes Auto Gorup Commercial Sales Manager, riding in a 2023 Toyota Sienna wheelchair accessible van

Kunes Auto Group Presents Kunes Car Convos: Vantage Mobility and Wheelchair Accessible Vans

Published on Mar 18, 2024 by Talia Mushinsky

In this car convo...

  • 2:57 - Learn how Vantage Mobility sets the standard for wheelchair accessible vans
  • 7:20 - Modified vehicles don’t require a crash test!?
  • 11:10 - Mobility vans that still look like vans
  • 14:09 - The partnership that makes mobility vans more accessible for everyone
  • 17:18 - Plans for rear entry vans?

We’re super excited to share a heartwarming and game-changing story from our latest episode of Kunes Car Convos.

 

Picture this: Tony Walus, our commercial sales manager here at Kunes Auto Group, having a candid chat with Doug Curtis from Vantage Mobility, all while they sit comfortably in a wheelchair-accessible Toyota Sienna.

Why Kunes and Vantage Mobility Make the Perfect Team

You might wonder, why did Vantage Mobility decide to team up with us? Well, it’s simple. Our widespread presence in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa means that folks using wheelchairs have better access to vehicles that suit their needs. It’s all about making life easier and more enjoyable, and we’re here for it.

The Magic Behind Vantage Mobility Vans

Doug shared some pretty cool insights about what makes Vantage Mobility stand out. They’re all about transforming vans like the Toyota Sienna (their top pick), Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Pacifica, and Chrysler Voyager into spaces where accessibility meets innovation. And get this – their factory in Arizona is led by veterans, making their mission even closer to their hearts, especially when it comes to serving fellow veterans.

The Nitty-Gritty of Van Conversions

Curious about how these vans get their magic touch? Doug walked us through the process: it starts with stripping the van down and lowering the floor by 14 inches to install a ramp. This not only makes the van wheelchair accessible but also ensures there’s ample room inside for maneuverability. Plus, they’ve been doing this for 40 years – talk about expertise!

Why Their Vans Are Top-Notch

What sets Vantage Mobility vans apart? It’s all in the details. Unlike the older bi-fold ramp models, their in-floor ramp design means more space and increased safety. They’ve even got a model where the front seats are interchangeable, making these vans a versatile choice for families.

Safety and Innovation at Its Best

Safety isn’t just a buzzword for these guys; it’s a promise. They go above and beyond by crash-testing their vehicles in Wisconsin, ensuring they meet rigorous safety standards. And as for the future? Doug hinted at simpler, more maintenance-friendly designs and even the possibility of electric vehicle conversions.

A Bright Future Together

Our partnership with Vantage Mobility is more than just business; it’s about making a real difference in people’s lives. Offering these accessible vans through Kunes Auto Group means that independence is just a dealership visit away for many.

 

And, as Doug beautifully put it, the joy of helping someone regain their independence, to see the world and visit loved ones without barriers, is truly priceless. It’s stories like these that remind us why we do what we do.

So, here’s to more innovations, more partnerships, and more stories of independence and joy. Thanks for tuning into Kunes Car Convos, and remember, the road to accessibility is one we’re proud to travel together.

 

Visit: KunesMobility.com to view our selection of wheelchair accessible vans!

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