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ByDave Stopher

Mar 23, 2019
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers wheelchair-accessible conversions on Caddy, Caravelle and Transporter
  • Today marks International Wheelchair Day celebrating positive impact of wheelchairs
  • Conversions include retractable ramp, secure wheelchair position and extra seating
  • Volkswagen Caddy WAVs available with Advanced Payments from £2,495

To mark International Wheelchair Day (Friday, March 1), Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is highlighting the versatility, value and reliability of its wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV) conversions.

The annual global event celebrates the positive impact wheelchairs have on the 1.2 million users in the UK* including the role of WAVs. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, alongside its conversion partners, offers a WAV version of the Caddy, Transporter and Caravelle.

The conversions, completed by WAV specialists across the country, feature a retractable ramp, secure wheelchair position and extra seating for passengers as well as the driver.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles sells around 2,000 WAVs per year through converters. Many of these are eligible for a Motability allowance, and able to out this towards the adapted vehicle alongside a competitive Advanced Payment (AP). Over 28,000 people already use a Motability wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV), enabling these customers to access affordable, worry-free leasing.

Rebecca Hockney, MS sufferer and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles WAV customer, said: “I took delivery of a wheelchair-accessible Caddy Life last year and it has been a real life-changer for my family, giving me the freedom to get around. I picked the Caddy because it was such great value for money through Motability and I’ve been delighted with it ever since. I urge anyone who is eligible to take advantage of the fantastic scheme.”

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is substantial supplier to Motability and, alongside its WAV offering, also offers a range of great deals on its standard range of vehicles available through the scheme.

Offers on standard vehicles are available until the end of Q1 on Caddy Life, with an AP from £199, and Maxi Life, from £399. Motability customers can also benefit from a deal on the Volkswagen Transporter Shuttle, which can seat up to eight passengers, for an AP of as little as £699.

These prices include the following options fitted as standard: rear parking sensors (Caddy), front and rear parking sensors (Transporter) and climatic air conditioning.

Recipients of the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment are eligible for a Motability vehicle along with those receiving the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement and the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

The Motability Scheme provides an affordable, worry-free way for people with disabilities and their families to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair in exchange for their mobility allowance. Motability, which delivered its first vehicles in 1978, arranges the insurance, breakdown assistance, servicing and maintenance, with everything included in the price of the weekly allowance.

Nick Axtell, Specialist Sales Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “The Motability Scheme is such a fantastic offering and, as the largest commercial vehicle supplier of the scheme, we’re delighted we can support those in need with some great offers across our range. Our Working With You promise is not just about supporting businesses but all our customers and that has never been more pertinent than today, as we celebrate International Wheelchair Day.”         

For more details on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, or to find your nearest Van Centre, please visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.