Ability Center

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles & Mobility Solutions

Proudly serving America’s accessibility community for over 25 years

Your mobility always comes first with Ability Center. Our extensive line of wheelchair accessible vans and driving aids are custom fitted for your needs. With access to BraunAbility mobility products, our mobility specialists are sure to find the right wheelchair vehicle for you–at the right price so you’re secure in every way.

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5611 S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231

M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm (Break for lunch 12pm-1pm)
Sat By Appointment Only
Erik SmithErik Smith
20:29 24 Feb 22
Great place, great experience and even greater staff!I picked up my new van almost two months ago and absolutely love it. They did an excellent job at accommodating me and implementing all of the necessary components to make my vehicle suit my needs.I worked with Kenny Knedler. He made sure my wife and I were comfortable and did an excellent job walking us through our new vehicle and showing us all of the features of the van. If I had to use one word to emphasize our experience whilst working with Kenny, it would be thorough.I was also very surprised at how fast Kenny was able to process us with the paperwork. It took no time at all. Before we knew it, we were in our new van and heading home. Thus far, my new vehicle has exceeded all of my expectations and I have the Ability Center of Sarasota to thank for that. My hat is off to you guys, you are masters of your trade.I highly recommend the Ability Center of Sarasota to anyone looking to get into a handicap accessible vehicle.
Thomas SchroederThomas Schroeder
17:19 10 Oct 21
Couldn't ask for better service. I experienced unsafe driving with my hand controls on our new adapted van. Even though we didn't buy our van from The Ability Center, Eric, their Master Technician quickly diagnosed our mechanical problems. Bob Kinsch, the owner, gave us a loaner van to provide us continued transportation during the short repair time. Stop by and meet these folks. They had our best interests at heart. A+++
Cory ReilCory Reil
19:26 26 May 21
Works good with clients in Wheelchair’s
Gayle DeaneGayle Deane
18:00 06 Jan 21
Great customer service
Darlene Wood HarveyDarlene Wood Harvey
00:50 11 Aug 20
In 2016 when mom needed a wheelchair van we started looking in FL and NC and the least expensive used 2006 with a conversion package we could find was over $49k.Our friend and Chiropractor Dr Joseph Neunder told us about your business.We bought a better 2006 from you for only $19,900. Your courteous and prompt service has been the best. Always there when we have questions or need something. We like the free oil changes too. We have recommended your business many times. Thank you.
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Highest Quality Wheelchair Vans in the Industry

As a licensed BraunAbility dealer, Ability Center specializes in BraunAbility conversions and vans. We work with the best to provide our customers with the best. It’s our duty to our community.

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Customized Mobility Solutions for Your Specific Needs

There are hundreds of mobility solutions for all levels of mobility challenges. Let our Ability Center mobility consultants help you find your best solution.

  • Accessible side entry, rear loading and full-size Vans, SUVs, and Trucks.
  • Van Rentals and Trade-ins
  • Full Size Van Lifts
  • Driving Aids and Hand Controls
  • Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters
  • Scooter and Wheelchair Lifts
  • Indoor and Outdoor Ramps
  • Stair Lifts

Largest Selection of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles in Sarasota

Our extensive inventory includes both rear-entry and side-entry vans, vans with lifts, vans with ramps, and other mobility conversions. Let our mobility specialists help find the perfect vehicle for you.

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Custom Conversion Vans Available in an Array of Different Makes and Models

Putting Safety First For More Than Two Decades

With a variety of new and used wheelchair-adapted vehicles and lifts, BraunAbility can accommodate almost any wheelchair user. Whether you want more room, style, entertainment features or just a great value, one of our BraunAbility handicap-accessible vehicles can provide it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ability Center is your local resource for all things accessibility. Whether you’re looking for new wheelchair vans for sale or wondering what handicap vehicle services we offer, you can find the answers here.

Accessible minivans, also known as wheelchair vans or ramp vans, have been remanufactured to offer unparalleled ease of access for wheelchair and scooter users. The floor has been substantially lowered and the van equipped with a lightweight ramp for easy entry and exit. A kneeling system lowers the rear suspension, decreasing the slope of the ramp even further when deployed. Both front seats are removable, enabling wheelchair users to drive or ride in the passenger position.

Ability Center offers several mobility conversions to meet a variety of budgets. We will carefully assess your needs and recommend the right vehicle in your price range.

Possibly, but certain conditions must be met. Only certain makes and models can be converted. Additionally, the vehicle must have less than 30,000 miles, and is subject to inspection before the conversion process can begin.

While this can sometimes work, we recommend contacting us at Ability Center before purchasing a van. If you visit a car dealership first, you risk purchasing a vehicle that cannot be converted because it is the wrong model – or it may be the right model but not equipped with the right options. At Ability Center, we can help guide you through the process, we can even work with your preferred car dealer to ensure you purchase the right equipment. Often, you may find the perfect vehicle sitting at Ability Center already converted and ready for delivery.

No. The sturdy aluminum ramp is just one aspect of the major remanufacturing required to create a wheelchair van. Teams of skilled technicians work together to produce fully-integrated conversions with lowered floors and reconfigured seating.

Due to the lack of head clearance, a minivan lift is not an application that can be used for an adult. Adults need the extra headroom provided by a fully converted accessible vehicle to ride comfortably and safely. In certain cases, however, a minivan lift can be a good solution for pediatric chair users.

Ability Center backs the quality craftsmanship of their minivans with an exclusive Three-Year Limited Warranty – the best the industry has to offer. On top of that, the chassis is covered by the original manufacturer’s warranty.

At Ability Center, we understand the importance of maintenance and service of your accessible vehicle and its specialized equipment and we are committed to providing our customers with the availability of service. Our highly trained and certified service technicians are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service in the vehicle modification industry. All of our locations are also QAP (Quality Assurance Program) certified through the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA), meaning that Ability Center is held to the highest standards in the accessible vehicle industry.

Whether you are a long-time customer coming in for routine operational maintenance of the equipment you have in your modified vehicle, or a new customer who needs adaptive equipment installed on your vehicle, we will do our best to get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible. It doesn’t matter if you bought it from us or elsewhere, at Ability Center we want to make sure that your vehicle is always working for you.

Buying an accessible van from Ability Center is the best way to assure you will seldom need repairs. If you do, however, we will likely have the necessary replacement parts on hand for a quick turn-around. If not, we can usually get the parts we need the next business day so you can get back on the road right away.

Ability Center maintains a stock of minivans converted and ready for immediate delivery. You will have a choice of chassis and ramp styles to try out, allowing you to determine which vehicle best meets your needs.

Ability Center also rents accessible wheelchair vans for temporary needs.

When you are ready for a new vehicle, Ability Center will appraise your old van as a trade-in. Trade-in value is usually very good, but is of course dependant on a number of factors such as vehicle condition and mileage.