Making the change from a standard car to a wheelchair accessible vehicle might seem like a big transformation. However, as Paul and Caryl Thatcher found recently, making the change was the best thing they could have done.
Paul and Caryl, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, hadn’t considered getting a wheelchair car until Paul’s muscular dystrophy started to have a greater effect on his mobility. Paul got in touch with Allied Mobility to find out about the options available.
Paul comments: “I use an electric scooter which helps me to be as independent as possible. I use it to go for short trips into town but I’m limited as to where I can go.
“There’s even been times when my scooter has run out of battery or I get a flat wheel. Thankfully our next door neighbour owns a wheelchair accessible vehicle and was able to come to pick me up. However relying on a neighbour wasn’t an ideal situation so we decided it was time to look into getting a wheelchair car of our own.”
Wheelchair Accessible Conversion
After discussing their options with their local Allied Mobility consultant, Richard, the couple opted to have a demonstration of the Peugeot Partner Horizon. Paul explains: “We wanted a car that, as well as having wheelchair access, would still be a great every day car.
“We were really impressed with the quality of the conversion on the Horizon and the fact that the wheelchair ramp could fold away – you wouldn’t even know it was a wheelchair accessible car.”
Available exclusively from Allied Mobility, the Peugeot Horizon is based on the popularPeugeot Partner. It comes complete with numerous features including a unique FlatFold™ ramp, lowered floor and full wheelchair securing system, making it easy to see why these cars are the best selling wheelchair accessible vehicles on the Motability Scheme. Horizon now also comes with a choice of transmissions – manual or automatic.
Little Extras Make Big Difference
Paul continues: “The electric winch we got with the car is fantastic – the way it guides me up and down the ramp makes getting in and out of the vehicle so easy.
“One of the other features of the Horizon which appealed to us is the fact it comes with the original Peugeot rear seating. It may seem like a small thing but it means the interior of the car looks like it would if it wasn’t a wheelchair accessible conversion.
When you order a wheelchair accessible vehicle from Allied Mobility you can expect more. The Peugeot Partner Horizon, for example, offers full original Peugeot rear seating, reverse parking sensors and an electric winch system where required. All of these added value features come at no added cost on the Motability Scheme.
“I thought we would miss our old car but we don’t miss it one bit,” says Paul.
“The difference owning a wheelchair car has made to our lives is invaluable. We use the car much more now and it’s so comfortable and easy to drive. I love that I can now take our golden retriever, George, out to Bourne Woods for walks. Taking him to somewhere like that just wasn’t possible before as I’d have needed to have my scooter. I think Caryl and I enjoy his walks as much as George himself!
“As for the service we received we couldn’t fault it. Richard made the whole process so easy and trouble-free. The demonstration he gave us was spot on – Richard explained everything and answered all of our questions, he was a star!”