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Conversion Vans could easily be called the best-kept secret in the automotive industry for large families. Not many know that for nearly the same price as a high-end SUV, they can get more room for kids and gear, and ten times the customization - all in a car that is easy to handle and easy to park. Here are the top 5 reasons Conversion Vans are perfect for large families.
1. Endless Options for Personalization
Conversion Vans can be tailored to your exact needs and wants: premium sound and entertainment systems, luxury heated seating, HDTVs with flip down screens, navigation, additional access/wheelchair access, iPod ports, integrated video game consoles, special paint treatments, chrome wheels, custom gates, wood trim the list is endless. Configurations for 7,9, 12 and 15 passengers are available.
2. Low Cost
While you might think Conversion Vans are expensive since they are driven by most celebrities, athletes and CEO's with large families, the truth is that Conversion Vans start in the low $40s. At nearly the same price as a full-size, high-end SUV, Conversion Vans could easily be called the best value on the road today.
3. Space, the Final Frontier
The main advantage of Conversion Vans is SPACE. You simply cannot find another car that is more comfortable for large families with plenty of interior space for family, friends, kids, and gear. So, whether your days are spent driving between carpools, sporting events, and errands, or on long road trips you will find more room, road-going comfort and versatility than a full-size SUV.
4. Great Gas Mileage
Conversion Vans get better gas mileage than most vans and SUVs. Some Conversion Van models have earned EPA highway/city ratings of 20/16.
5. Safe and Easy to Drive
All Conversion Vans pass rigorous quality and safety tests and come with a full 3 year, 36,000-mile warranty.
Want to learn more?
Conversion Vans are produced by CVMA member companies and sold through GM Dealers. For more information, please visit www.personalizedvehicles.com.
[Editor's Note: the author represents the conversion-van industry.]