With the end of their current Motability car contract fast approaching, it was time for the Thompson family, from Devon, to find their next wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Needing a car that could cater for their family of six, Jackie and David set about finding the perfect accessible vehicle that would suit their busy family life and cater for their son Hamish’s wheelchair.
Jackie explains: “We owned a larger vehicle before but the wheelchair ramp was quite heavy and awkward to use. When the time came to renew we wanted a family car with lots of space but in a smaller vehicle … We didn’t ask for much!
“I made some enquiries with Motability and discovered the Volkswagen Vista. It seemed ideal so I gave Allied Mobility a call to find out more. When we spoke with our mobility consultant, Jon, we decided we wanted to see two different vehicles which wasn’t a problem, he brought both vehicles to our home.
“After seeing the Vista our minds were made up. It was definitely the one for us. There’s plenty of room inside and it’s a good bit smaller in height than our old car so it met all of our demands. It was great!”
Based on the Volkswagen Caddy, the Vista is a stylish multi passenger vehicle capable of carrying a driver, four passengers and a wheelchair passenger. Wheelchair access is a priority in this vehicle with excellent accessibility features such as the lightweight FlatFold™ ramp, lowered floor and high quality wheelchair restraint system.
“Since getting the car we’ve found using the ramp much easier as it’s lighter and shorter. It makes going out in the car much more enjoyable.
“15-year-old Hamish is always on the go whether it’s swimming, going out with his friends, going to school, attending hospital appointments or taking part in fundraising activities. Hamish has raised over £10,000 for Children in Need over the past six years. Having a wheelchair accessible car is vital for his independence.”
“We also decided to have privacy glass fitted to our vehicle which Allied offered free of charge. We’re really happy with the Vista, it’s a great family car and we definitely made the right choice.”
The Vista is available to buy or lease through the Motablilty scheme with Advance Payments starting from just £3,495.
For more information on the Volkswagen Vista or any of Allied Mobility’s wheelchair accessible cars and MPVs, simply call FREE on 0800 916 3062, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.alliedmobility.com.