If you're a massage therapist, one of the cornerstones of your business has to be that you don’t keep your clients waiting. That means you need a vehicle that’s reliable. You also will have to move your gear, including probably a portable massage table, clean linens, and various other supplies. Most likely a small car isn’t going to work for you. Ideally, you should consider a good used minivan.
With that in mind, we have considered a number of used minivans that we believe would be suitable for mobile massage therapists, and have settled on the Ford Transit Connect Wagon, Chrysler Town and Country, Toyota Sienna LE, Nissan Quest SV, and Dodge Grand Caravan.
Ford Transit Connect Wagon: This isn’t the most elegant minivan out there – in fact, it’s quite utilitarian. However, your customers are hiring you for your skills as a massage therapist, not for your aesthetic preferences when it comes to vehicles. You’ll do well with this reliable offering from Ford. It has more than enough room to stow your gear, and isn’t too hard on gas.
Chrysler Town & Country: This is a very roomy vehicle, especially if you fold the seats down – you’ll end up with almost 144 cubic feet of cargo room. This may be more than the average massage therapist needs, but if you’re also a mom or a dad, and your rig has to double as a passenger vehicle, you’ll appreciate the extra space.
Toyota Sienna LE: This is another vehicle that will probably offer more space than you really need (150 cubic feet) unless you have kids. It’s solid and reliable, though, and the power tailgate is a really great feature when you consider all the loading and unloading you’re going to have to do in the course of your day’s work.
Nissan Quest SV: Here’s another vehicle that’s beyond easy for moving equipment, with power sliding doors. You’ll have more than enough cargo space, too, when you take out the rear passenger seats (108 cubic feet). We also like the rearview camera, which makes it so easy to get in and out of close spaces.
Dodge Grand Caravan: Dodge’s flagship mini-van for more than 30 years is still one of the best on the market. It’s the perfect working vehicle for the busy massage therapist, and does double duty when you go into “soccer parent” mode. Known for reliability over the years, the Caravan is a good buy for just about anyone.
Any of the five vehicles above would be very well suited for a massage therapist.