25. Januar 2004
Mr Bill Bailey from Sutton, Surrey has been raving about his new Fiat Freedom from Allied Vehicles. “I saw the Freedom for the first time at the Independent Living show in Wembley last year. A Mobility Adviser demonstrated the car to me and I knew it would be ideal for my wife and I to use. Before seeing the Freedom we’d looked at lots of vehicles but this was the best.”
Since the Independent Living exhibition, Bill has been in contact with his Mobility Adviser, Don Miles, who visited Bill and his wife at their home to give them a free personal demonstration. “I am delighted with Don’s help. He’s been very understanding and has done everything he said he would.”
“We’ve been out and about in it a lot. My wife, Tina, has MS so we needed a vehicle that was suitable for us. I’m the carer and as I’m getting older I didn’t want a vehicle that would be difficult to manage.
“The Fiat Freedom is ideal because the ramp is easy to use and is so much better than the hoist we had on our last vehicle. This is so much more dignified. The electric winch system takes away all my struggle and effort when pushing the wheelchair into the Freedom. I think it’s great that the passenger remains in the wheelchair throughout the journey, from start to finish.”
“People are our most important concern” said Allied Vehicles Managing Director Gavin Gillies. “We need to know that our vehicles meet our customers’ requirements. Along with the wheelchair passenger, the driver of the vehicle – often the carer – is important in vehicle choice. It is important to us to find the ideal vehicle for both driver and passengers.
“Crucially we want to make life as convenient as possible for all concerned. We want to make sure the size is correct and that the customer knows how to benefit from using our features such as the electric winch system and lightweight ramps that help make use as easy as possible.”
Inside the vehicle, Tina sits comfortably, feeling safe and secure and can chat with the rear seat passenger. Additional headroom with large window spaces means that all passengers have a good view.
Bill added: “The vehicle really has given us the Freedom to go out and about. It does what it says it does and it’s luxurious for the money. I think it’s brilliant value and it’s very well appointed. We have air-con, electric windows, CD player, secure floor, follow-me-home lights, the best restraint systems and lots of room. The Freedom is very well thought out and is straightforward and simple to use.”
“We’re really pleased with it and we get real enjoyment. As the carer, it makes my life so much easier. It’s nice to drive and the diesel engine is a bonus too.
“Another advantage is that it takes the big wheelchair. It really is very well thought out and the restraint system holds the chair rock-steady. It’s absolutely brilliant. Just what we want.”
The whole process went without a hitch. “The vehicle was delivered when they said it would be. Excellent service,” enthused Bill.
Allied Vehicles have Mobility Advisers throughout the UK who’ll bring a demonstrator vehicle to your own home for a free personal demonstration. They can be contacted quickly and easily whenever a customer needs some assistance or advice. All Motability paperwork is taken care of and Allied Vehicles even have their own guide to help you to understand the Motability process in cases where a customer has a Motability allowance that can be used to meet vehicle payments.
More information on the Fiat Freedom can be found here.