1998 Dodge Caravan VMI/Vantage conversion
71,000 actual miles 
Current Price: $13,900

INCLUDES WARRANTY

One owner except 700 miles: see details below

Finest brand of conversion

Includes TWO EZ-Loc electric floor anchors: new cost nearly $2,000 each

Unique, beautiful color

 

Options and Equipment

THE VAN:  This began as a Dodge Grand Caravan SE (nice, middle trim level) with 3.3 V6, automatic with overdrive.  Has power and convenience features such as power windows, locks, mirrors, power rear vents, cruise, tilt, etc.  Also has optional dual air conditioning, drivers side sliding door, upgraded stereo, and dark tinted windows.

THE GOODIES:  Custom accent stripes

MOBILITY:  This is a VMI conversion, also known as Vantage.  This brand is either the number one or two most desirable brand, depending on who's opinion you might ask.  Such vans are purchased brand new by the conversion company and then taken to their facility in Arizona for a major project consisting of desirable and highly engineered features, including:

* Ten inch lowered floor which goes all the way to the dash in order to allow for parking and/or driving from either front location

* Very versatile wheelchair anchor locations (for attaching anchor straps) throughout the van

* Power sliding side door on passenger side

* Has optional wireless remote control to operate ramp, power door and kneeling suspension.  This is a very handy feature to have.

* Power ramp with what is called a "gate feature" which allows the ramp, when stowed, to be swung outward for a person to go in and out while ramp is stowed

*  Has "kneeling" air suspension which lowers the van a few extra inchers, creating a more gentle approach and departure angle.  This makes it super easy to roll in and out of the van.

*  TWO EZ-Loc electronic floor anchor system for wheelchairs (cost when new nearly $2,000 EACH).

Dimensions, capacity and specifications: Please feel free to email or call me with any such questions. I will gladly assist with anything you wish to know. I have discovered that due to the unique way each person evaluates, measures and expresses their needs, I can be most helpful regarding this subject if we communicate directly.

History of Ownership

Was owned by one private owner, a woman (non-smoker) who was retired when she custom ordered it brand new.   I bought it from her about 6 months ago.  After my extensive rejuvenation process, it was sold a few months ago to a very nice lady (for use to carry her ailing husband) here in my area.  Her husbands circumstance since then has very dramatically changed and after only about 700 miles I bought it back from her.   I have now refreshed the rejuvenation and it is once again wonderful and ready to go. 

History of Care

Yes, this one has had much care over the years and I have some of the receipts. This care includes quality tires on it with less than 2,000 miles, and brakes which my mechanic noted as 90% on one end and 80% on the other.  It runs, drives and performs beautifully.

Each of my vans receives a detailed (about 75 items) inspection by the general mechanic shop which I consider to be the finest in my area. Then, after discussing their report, I have them do what is needed to repair, replace or service items on the vehicle in order to reach my high standard of overall mechanical condition.  And in case you may wonder, their process on each van does include an oil, lube and filter service.  The aforementioned inspection, repair and service process is a major and very valuable element of my "Rick's rejuvenated" process.

As a result of the above mentioned process, here is a list of some items which were cared for by the shop I speak of:

* Cooling flush

* Transmission service and flush

* New radiator (the original one had a tiny leak)

As part of my 'Rick's rejuvenated'' process, each mobility/adaptive component is inspected, serviced, adjusted and repaired (if needed) by the premium company in this area which exclusively cares for wheelchair vans.  During that process, these items of note were also cared for:

* Drive system for power door was rebuilt, making it now function nearly as new.

Carfax Report Summary

(Carfax is a widely used database which indicates the history of a vehicle including accidents, prior owners, etc.)

All fine, nothing negative on the report.

You Might Like To Know...

* This van represents the best of the best when it comes to minivan conversions.  VMI/Vantage is a company which has been converting such vans for about 20 years and they do it so very nicely, with excellent engineering and quality components

* As part of my rejuvenation process, the upholstery shop who works with me replaced the carpet with a commercial-grade rubberized flooring.  It's the same flooring they recently installed in brand new vans for the county we are in. This is much nicer for folks in wheelchair vans to maneuver their chairs on and it is much easier to clean and it is very durable. 

* Each of my vans has a superb paint sealant as the final step of the extreme detail. If you were to have a professional apply a treatment the cost would be several hundred dollars.

Summary of this Gem

This is a premium brand of conversion by VMI/Vantage-----very low 71,000 miles------high level of rejuvenation just completed.  Each of my vans includes a warranty.  This truly is a highly equipped,  exceptional van...priced at approximately 30% of the cost of a new one.

This photo clearly shows the deeply lowered floor as well as new rubber flooring material
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Gentle ramp angle allows for easy movement in and out of the van
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Driver's Side Full View
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Driver's Side Rear View
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Passenger Side Rear View
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Passenger Side Front View
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Interior Driver Side
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Notice the very low miles (by one lady owner)
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This has the upgraded cassette stereo. Notice the switch on the upper left of this photo which is for the optional rear ventilation system
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Engine Area
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Interior Passenger Side
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This is the control for the passenger side electronic wheelchair docking station. There is another one on the opposite side of the console which controls the driver side lock.
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Floor is lowered entirely to the dash area which allows for parking of wheelchair in either front location. Front seats are easily removable.
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Rear seat slides fore and aft as well as folds flat
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Each of the electronic docking stations in the front (this photo shows one of them) are ready to be custom-positioned to accommodate for the specific location needs of whoever buys this van
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Cargo area behind rear seat
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This photo indicates the body-level when in "kneeled" position
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Switches are located above the driver's knee on the dash and control the door, ramp and kneeling suspension. The features can also be operated with a wireless remote control (sorry, we did not take a photo of it).
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This photo indicates body-level when in normal driving mode
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This switch is by the passenger side tail light and is another method of operating the floor, ramp and kneeling
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* I apologize for any unclear photos. At times, the conditions make a clear photo impossible.

If you would like more information or to see and drive this vehicle,
please call Rick at 541-973-7377.