For Kay Elizabeth Lindsay from Rochdale, purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle from Allied Mobility is a decision she wishes she’d made years ago.
When it was time for Kay to get a new accessible car, the Naidex show in Birmingham earlier this year was her first port of call. There she met up with two of Allied’s mobility advisors, Kevin and Darren, who were able to point her in the right direction. Kay comments: “Kevin and Darren were easy to talk to and were so full of information about all of Allied Mobility’s cars. We had a great chat and they didn’t put any pressure on me at all which made me feel really at ease.”
Kay settled on the Peugeot Independence after a home demonstration from mobility advisor Richard. She realised Independence was a perfect match when she saw how much space there was inside; Independence offers bags of room for her wheelchair. Most importantly, the extra space also means that she isn’t isolated in the back of the car, something which matters a great deal to Kay. She said: “There’s nothing I don’t like about my Independence; I like to be involved in all the chat on journeys so it’s perfect for me that I can sit up next to people. I feel so relaxed when I’m travelling and can easily talk to my friends and carers. Being up high so I can see out of the windows is wonderful, I really enjoy my journeys now – we even take the car out just to go for a drive sometimes, that’s how much I love it!
“The features of Independence are great too, the wheelchair restraints are secure and easy to use and I feel really safe travelling in the car. The fuel consumption is brilliant, which is always a bonus! My carers find the ramp so simple to operate and it’s nice and lightweight, it’s just miles better than any car I’ve travelled in before. I also love how Independence doesn’t look like a ‘disability’ car and the tinted glass windows give me plenty of privacy, protecting my skin which is really sensitive to sunlight.”
Marley & Me
Kay finds that having the Independence makes a massive change to her daily life. The size of the Independence means that there’s room for all of her friends and family to enjoy days out together, there’s even space for Marley the cocker spaniel to hop in! Kay regularly uses her Independence to go to equestrian and agricultural shows with her friends, and is impressed with how well Independence fares in the middle of a field, Kay comments: “Last time we were at a show in Cheshire the weather was terrible, and we were there in my old car which got stuck in the mud, we had to wait to be towed out before we could go home! This time around we just drove off – Independence had no problem driving through the muddy field, it was brilliant! I love these shows because I get a lovely day out with my friends, get to enjoy the great outdoors and there is loads to see, so having a car that makes it completely hassle free make my life so much more enjoyable.”
There’s plenty in store for Kay and her Independence in the next few months, she’s planning a trip to the Lake District in September and has a few picnics lined up at Bolton Abbey – her favourite place to go and sit by the river. Kay’s friend Anne regularly drives her Independence for her and loves it, Kay mentions: “Anne was worried at first that it might be tricky because of its size but soon realised that this had no effect on how easy Independence was to manoeuvre.”
First Class Service
Kay says she cannot fault the service she has received from Allied Mobility: “I know I can ring anytime and everyone is always so nice and understanding on the phone. I really enjoyed meeting Kevin and Darren at Naidex and they made me laugh a lot! All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you – Allied is like a family and there is no question I will be back as soon as I need another wheelchair accessible vehicle.”
Peugeot Independence wheelchair cars are available to buy, rent or through the Motability Scheme. For more information on this vehicle or any of Allied Mobility’s range of wheelchair accessible cars and MPVs, simply call FREE on call 0800 916 3062, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alliedmobility.com to enquire online.