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Has anyone needed to convert their Kia Sedona for wheelchair access, i.e. lowering floor, raising roof, widening sliding door, etc.? My husband has just been diagnosed with ALS and we will soon need to transport him using a wheelchair or powerchair. I just purchased my Kia in September before we knew about his condition. I know the conversion is possible, but I'm not sure about the cost or time it will take to accomplish or if it would be better to trade-in my current Kia for one "converted at the factory". Any advice? Thank you.
 

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I can tell you that it is costly. I'm not sure what it costs to do it afterwards, but I know that buying them new that way and buying directly from a State contract, it was nearly $10,000 more than a regular model. This was for the lowered floor model. Since I've dealt with them at our work, I would suggest you go with the lowered over raising the roof for two reasons. One, the lowered maintains better handling, and two, the lowered doesn't use a mechanical lift, which tend to break down a lot. They come with just a fold out ramp, which is much easier. They make them available where he would be able to sit in the front or in the middle. Even when they are bought new that way, they are actually not made from the factory. There is a place that they send a finished van too and they tear it back down and do the work, so I'm guessing it would be the same cost to convert a van you already own as it would be in the price difference of buying a new one with the conversion.
 

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my wife uses a scooter.

i installed the lift my self it was easy but to make your sedona wheel chair wheelchair accessable, i think it would be better to trade it in on one already
converted.


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