The key to a long-lasting conversion van is routine maintenance. It’s essential to check fluid levels, rotate tires, and have brakes and engines inspected. Doing so helps to prevent surprises that could lead to costly repairs and downtime. When you rely on your handicap van to transport family members or to run a business, keeping it on the road is crucial.
But there’s more to routine maintenance than checking for problems. Keeping it clean is essential, too.
Clean the Interior Regularly
Vehicles can get pretty messy on the inside, and handicap vans are no exception. There may be trash, spills, and dirt on the floor and seats. Don’t let it pile up, or stains can set in that will be more challenging to remove. Get in the habit of disposing of any trash left in the vehicle after each use. And vacuum floors, carpeting, and upholstery at least once a month.
Basic Exterior Cleaning
A drive-thru car wash may not be able to clean everything, especially on a full-size conversion van. However, it will give you a start on cleaning and make your job easier. Try to find a car wash that can reach the top of the van and underneath. Call ahead to make sure they can safely accommodate your handicap vehicle.
The undercarriage is especially vulnerable to dirt and grime, especially during the winter. If you don’t have access to a car wash, look for a mobile car washing service that can clean any problematic areas for you.
Clean Debris from Roads
Salt, gravel and other road debris can inflict damage and rust your undercarriage. Rusting could impact the functionality of sliding doors, ramps, and lifts on rear-entry handicap vans. You will want to get rid of any road debris before it has a chance to cause any significant damage.
Pay Attention to Doors, Ramps, and Lifts
If the door track begins to rust or incurs damage, it will impact its safe operation. If it is heavily damaged, the door may stop opening or closing altogether. Dirt and debris can also affect ramps and lifts. Check these areas regularly, clean them when necessary, and test for mechanical issues.
Establish a Cleaning Schedule
Don’t wait for problems to arise – make sure to clean your van often. Cleanings should occur at least once a month, but more often for more frequent use. You could schedule light cleanings every week or every other week, and a heavy-duty, top-to-bottom cleaning once a month.
Maintain Resale Value
Routine maintenance will keep your van on the road longer. Setting a schedule for oil changes, tire rotations, and inspections will help your van last longer, but you shouldn’t rely on these tasks alone. Maintaining a clean vehicle will help prolong its useful life and help keep its resale value.