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 Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA
 
While we all love our Conversion Vans, but there’s no escaping that there are some higher costs relating to ownership. One of those areas is fuel mileage, while mileage has been improving from the manufacturer’s side for several years now on many vehicles, there are some things we as owners can do:
 
A lighter vehicle uses less fuel. One more reason to keep your van clean and organized. If you use clever storage, such as bins and trunk dividers, it’s easy to unload and load equipment on an as-needed basis. Work tools can be kept in a tool box (or boxes), sporting equipment in portable bags and camping gear in crates or specialty plastic containers. Toys and car seats can also be removed and replaced easily if there are places to store them regularly.
 
Carrying around a hundred or more pounds that aren’t needed at the moment will drag down fuel economy. So, keep it empty whenever possible.
 
Remember to drive the vehicle a bit more carefully, slow acceleration is recommended for your vehicle. Don’t think of it as a sedan, and more particularly don’t think of it as a sports car. Gas mileage improves on consistent, slow acceleration, avoid gunning unless you’re in a specific situation such as passing or faced with an emergency maneuver.
 
Of course it goes without saying that keeping your van well maintained will contribute to better gas mileage and will protect your investment. To maintain your van, make sure to comply with the manufacturers suggested maintenance schedule. You can perform some tasks yourself if you’re a do-it-yourselfer. For example, oil changes - you may like to do them more frequently than recommended if you live in a very cold or very hot area, or tend to put a lot of miles on your vehicle. Spark plugs and air filters can usually be done yourself too. Again, you may like to change them more often if you live in an area with a harsher climate.
 
Another area you can monitor on your own is your tires. Very often we drive on tires that are not properly inflated; have an expert at Wright Conversions show you how to measure and keep your inflation at the correct levels. This is one quick and relatively painless way to maximize gas mileage. There are safety concerns as well for having under-inflated tires.
 

Another important driving habit that should be considered is the short trip. Even though a Conversion Van is the perfect family car, gas mileage improves when longer trips are taken. Try to schedule all your errands in a bunch so you can get them all done on a single, longer trip rather than several short trips. It’s normal wear and tear of ownership, but just be sure to get your Conversion Van out on the road for those get away weekends you bought the vehicle for! It’s good for the engine and good for you! 

Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  


This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 11:00 PM

 Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA

 
When looking at a van type of transportation from the perspective of gas mileage, obviously a minivan will get you the best mileage. They are the lightest and are built upon modified passenger vehicle frameworks.
 
After that would be a Full-size van along the lines of a GMC Savana or Chevy Express; you'll get 13-14 MPG around town and 17-18 MPG on the highway. You will get better MPG with a small block V6 or V8 engine choice.
 
Moving into the Camper or/and Conversion Van area, a fully modified vehicle on a full size van chassis is much heavier than a regular, lightly modified full size van. With more weight comes more fuel consumption. These vehicles usually get around 10 MPG in the city and 15 MPG on the highway. 
 
The vehicles at the top of the fuel consuming hierarchy are the RV or Motor home class. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the fuel bill. You may get in the range of 7-8 mpg in the city with a hike to 10 mpg once you’re out on the highway. If you will be driving a lot you'll need to be calculate those costs into your travel budget.
 
You may find some relief with vehicles that use alternative fuels such as diesel and bio-diesel. There is a lot of talk of new technology diesel and bio-diesel engines. If you are buying a new technology vehicle you will probably see some savings, but his could depend on the area of the country you live in, for some this might be something not quite feasible yet. The same could be said for propane alternatives.
 
Traditional diesels may get better gas mileage but there are many factors to consider such as higher operational costs.  When you’re shopping for your Conversion, pay attention to the EPA estimates. There are even websites where you can plug in those numbers along with your estimated miles driven and get a pretty good estimate of your yearly costs.
 
Some people have played with the idea of going with a more fuel efficient SUV or station wagon and going with a trailer for their traveling. It’s an interesting idea but towing anything does use a lot of gas and with all the operational issues, tow packages, trailer storage, parking, hooking and unhooking, it may not be worth the trouble. A single vehicle van is much easier to own and travel with.
 
And of course, buying used can cut out some of the up front expenditure which you can calculate into your fuel savings. Research before you buy, come in and consult with one of our Conversion experts at Wright Conversions!
 
Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  

This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 10:42 PM

 Conversion Van - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA

 
You might think a Conversion Van is something that’s geared towards business or limousine hire. It can be, and those are fantastic, but you can find a conversion for yourself that is a great family vehicle, a man-cave customization, or an almost-camper. The term Conversion Van is usually meant to refer to any passenger van that has been furnished with specific features by a third-party customization business. From the man cave to a vehicle designed to accommodate a wheel chair bound passenger to a shuttle vehicle, Conversion Vans can be designed and constructed to satisfy a wide range of needs. Below are a couple of reasons to consider a Conversion van for your next vehicle.
 
For starters, Conversion vans are usually gorgeous inside and out. Celebrities have been outfitting them for several years now, turning their backs on the more limiting and ostentatious limo, looking for something more incognito (on the outside anyway). The interiors often contain plush leather seating, state-of-the-art entertainment systems with television, built in wi-fi, sofa beds, mini refrigerators and limousine-style lighting and much more. You can set up your own celebrity lifestyle conversion!
 
A Conversion Van can be customized for passengers but with a walk through aisle, very nice if you’re often transporting elderly friends and relatives. This is a very sophisticated type of layout. And those customized for tailgating or touring can be outfitted with fantastic swiveling Captains Chairs and entertainment systems.
 
Conversion Vans fit nicely on your driveway and even in the garage – that is if your garage hasn’t been taken over by storage! The Chevy Express or GMC Savanna, for example, have a top height no greater than 100 inches which accommodates the average garage door. And they can be parked on the street without catching too much unwanted attention. They afford a lot of privacy with specially designed window treatments.
 
And then there is the camper route for those who love camping and nature but find the whole tent set up troublesome. How far you want to take your conversion into ‘camper’ territory is entirely up to you. Even though a Conversion Van isn’t officially a ‘camper’, it is still commonly used as a vacation vehicle. The Conversion can be outfitted out with amenities similar to a motor home such as food prep areas with accessibility to water, refrigerators, seating configurations that allow group seating around folding tables and amazingly comfortable sleeping areas. You’ll find the Conversion Van offers much of the same fun and excitement as an RV or camper but in a much more convenient package.
 
Since your Conversion Van can park in your driveway or garage, unlike an RV, no special arrangements will ever have to be made for its storage.
 
Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  

This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 10:33 PM

 Conversion Vans - Wright Conversion Vans - Wexford, PA
 
 
If you’ve got a big family, or a very active smaller family, love a good road trip and have had your eye on a vehicle on the smaller side of a motor home, but still need to use it for getting around town, you may be the perfect candidate family for a Conversion Van.
 
It seems that once you have a family, you find yourself out on the road a lot more, and usually with a lot of passengers. From the school carpool, sports activities, clubs, camping, visits to grandma’s, to travel with grandma and grandpa, there’s all these people hopping in and out – sometimes you don’t even know their names they come and go so fast! 
 
When it comes to passenger capacity the Conversion Van comes in superior to a minivan. With the ability to configure your van for as many as thirteen seats, Conversion Vans really work for those with large families or groups (or both) to transport. A road trip where everyone has room to spread out will be a joy. With all the entertainment amenities and flexible seating options, many limousine services now use Conversion Vans to host guests. We’re also seeing some amazing customizations on the exteriors!
 
Since Conversion Vans are structurally standard vans with customized interiors, they can be used just like an everyday mini-van. But a Conversion gives you so much more than a mini-van, and a tad less than a Class B motor home.
 
Perhaps you have a son or daughter who competes in a sport that requires frequent overnight trips to competitions on weekends. You probably would like some nice kitchen and sleeping amenities. But, you also need to keep this car for your daily driving tasks. 
 
You’ll save a ton of money on hotel stays and be able to appreciate these away weekends so much more by being able to enjoy the area on your own time without having to rush home, driving at night to avoid hotel costs.
 
A Conversion van can be customized to fit your family’s exact needs. You don’t need to fit your family into the mold a factory puts out, and your Conversion can live in your garage or driveway, no special arrangements will ever have to be made for its storage. 
 

Interested in learning more about how a Conversion van can enrich your family’s transportation experience? Come in to Wright Conversions and check our inventory of new and used Conversion vans. 

Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  


This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, conversion van dealer, chevy van, gmc van on 10/22/2016 at 10:30 PM

Conversion Vans

If you think it might be time to sell or trade in your conversion van, you’re probably wondering how you can value it. This is a very tricky issue since it’s customized, unique and one of a kind. In many ways it’s very difficult to put a price tag on that. And then there’s the love factor.

Even if you could put a price on your beloved custom van, you certainly don’t want to low-ball it. And if you’ve received an offer – is it too low? What’s my van worth? is a very tough question to answer indeed.

You want to make sure you are dealing with knowledgeable people when you look for advice, even most auto/van dealers do not know how to price conversions. It’s not a simple formula of miles and condition, which most dealers depend on. Many more elements need to be taken into consideration…even the love factor.

Of course building conversions begins at the manufacturer level before they come under the conversion expert’s skillful knife. Automakers like GM, RAM, and Ford build a cargo van on a production chassis which then makes its way to work-van fleets and customizers for passenger vans and beyond.

When a professional is determining the accurate value of your conversion, they will consider those manufacturer concerns last.

What they will assess first is what the buyer will see. Seating is number one, do you have benches or captains? Leather, cloth or vinyl? Good quality on the assembly? Coming up next would be the sound/video systems – these have become very specialized and very important. Beyond that would be: carpeting or flooring materials, color scheme, cargo space, gadgets and more.  After all that is taken into account, then the more ‘mundane’ factors are assessed: engine, suspension, mileage, tires, exterior color and the like.

After considering all these disparate factors - keeping the love factor aside – the appraisal comes up with a number that aims to strike the proper balance between supply and demand, keeping and letting go…or, is it get rid of?  If it’s a love situation, you may like to tack on a little bit to sweeten the parting, just remember you can’t ask more than the market will bear.

An effective way of maximizing your selling price is to have some documentation with an expert appraisal, great mechanics’ report (including a service history), a good description of the customizations (and their relative value), accompanied by a firm price. This type of documentation is great both for selling on your own or trading in.

Let Wright Conversions help you let go of your beloved Customized van and/or get you into a new one you may even love more!

Wright Conversion Vans specializes in new Chevrolet and GMC conversion vans, with more brands coming soon to our inventory. Located in Wexford, PA, we have customers near Cleveland, Ohio, Weirton, West Virginia and throughout Pennsylvania like Philadelphia.  


This entry was posted in Wright Conversion Vans and tagged conversion vans, new conversion vans, used conversion vans, selling conversion vans, on 09/01/2016 at 7:16 PM

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