With the arrival of her second son, Jemma Cadman, from Portsmouth, knew when it was time to think about upsizing her wheelchair accessible vehicle.
Jemma’s 11-year old son Alfie has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. It was the birth of Alfie’s brother, Archie, last year that meant the Renault Kangoo Jemma previously owned was too small for the growing family. Ideally the quest was to find a car with space for mum, Alfie with his wheelchair, Archie with his buggie – and their grandparents.
In her search for a suitable vehicle Jemma came across Allied Mobility’s Volkswagen Vista on the Nearly New WAVs Scheme. The Motability Nearly New Scheme offers wheelchair accessible vehicles that are no more than two and a half years old, at a lower Advance Payment than brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs).
Making Your Mind Up
Jemma comments: “We had a Renault Kangoo before but when Archie came along last year the car was a bit too small. I did a bit of research into larger WAVs and that’s when I came across the Motability Nearly New Scheme.
“Not only was the Advance Payment lower but the length of the lease was only three years, compared to five on new wheelchair accessible vehicles.”
Jemma continues: “I was attracted to Allied Mobility’s Volkswagen Vista mobility carsas they seemed to offer everything we needed. I didn’t hesitate to book a home demonstration with our local Allied Mobility consultant, Paul, to get a closer look.
“I was really impressed with the conversion. Not only can the car comfortably cater for Alfie’s wheelchair and up to five passengers but there’s still bags of room for Archie’s buggie. Add to that the lower Advance Payment and shorter lease term and it’s safe to say it didn’t take me long to make up my mind.”
Converted from the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi, Vista mobility cars are a popular choice with families and small groups who need a bit more space. With seating for up to five passengers and a wheelchair user, it’s easy to see why. Vista also features the innovative one piece FlatFold™ wheelchair ramp, which folds flat to the vehicle floor when the wheelchair passenger is not in the car, leaving extra boot space when required.
Other clever accessibility features include a lowered floor and full wheelchair restraint system. Unlike many other wheelchair accessible vehicles, Vista also comes complete with Volkswagen’s original rear seating.
Jemma continues: “Between the school run, appointments, shopping and days out our car needs to be able to handle our busy family life. The lightweight ramp is so easy and quick to use – it just takes a matter of minutes to get the kids in the car, which is great for me.
“Recently we’ve been to Marwell Zoo, Bird World and down to the sea front. We’ve got a family trip planned to the theatre to see Joseph and the Technicolour Dream Coat musical and we’re all really excited about that.
“I’m also taking the kids and my parents to Butlins in the summer, so the space in the car will be put to full use then!”
A Little Extra
Jemma concludes: “The service we received was great. From getting more information on the Nearly New Scheme to arranging a home demonstration and completing the paper work, it was quick and straight forward which – as a busy mum – I found pretty handy! We also got tinted windows included with our car, which Allied offered free of charge so that was a nice little extra.”
You can also watch our Vista Video here: