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  • Lynne K
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    Thanks Anne. I hope that you have a great time at the weekend looking around the shops in Kingston. Please let us know how it goes with your first independent driving your wheelchair around shops. Love Lynne x

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  • Lynne K
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    Thanks MMs Wife. I'm not getting the Peugeot after all, as I said in a post a few minutes ago. I'm still looking. Lynne

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi Anne. I'm glad that you've found a WAV. Where do you site the wheelchair in a Berlingo and is the regular front passenger seat comfy. Also what's the step into the front like, high like Peugeot or low like Fords? Many thanks, Lynne

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  • AndyB
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    Originally posted by Music man's wife View Post
    Lynne if you go for the automatic make sure it's a full automatic engine not an adapted one. That isn't a very good description but you get the hang of it.
    Our Peugeot WAV from Allied is the adapted engine and its HORRIBLE. It has a very disconcerting judder along with other things.
    We wish we'd just got the manuel.
    Ah! the amazing Peugeot/ Citroen semi-automatic. I have that transmission in my Peugeot Horizon. Scary isn’t it? I have to have an automatic though since I no longer have any control of my feet so have hand controls fitted. Pulling out onto a roundabout is quite scary especially at busy times.

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  • Annb
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    Hi Lynne
    There are four seats in my particular car. Some have only three. I drive in and sit behind and between the two rear seats. I have two grandchildren so they can travel in the back with me. My daughter will be driving it during the week with the children.
    The Berlingo seems to be a popular accessible car but time will tell. I haven't owned a dieselcar before and they do seem a bit noisy.
    I would have loved a brand-new car but this is a three year-old ex-mobility car with a very low mileage, a full service history and the garage has give a years National Guarantee. I am hoping it will extend my time being able to get out and about and be less of a strain on my family when I do go out, We are planng a trip to Kingston next weekend and I will be able to look around the shops without being pushed which will be great!

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  • Music man's wife
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    Oops meant manual. Had a Basil moment there!

    Well done with the car Ann. It will make things so much easier.

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  • Music man's wife
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    Originally posted by Lynne K View Post
    Hi all. We went to the Motability Show at the NEC, Birmingham today to look at WAVs. We cannot afford a 'Sit Up Front WAV.' They have a ridiculous up-front price. But we found a lovely new Peugeot Rifter Horizon WAV omwith Allied. It has a ramp at the back and you can have a hoist to help get your powered wheelchair up the ramp. The wheelchair can be positioned either behind the front passenger seat or in the middle of that row. I think that I'll chose the middle so I don't have the front passenger head restraint blocking my view. Also, my husband (the driver) will be closer to me in that position so that we can chat more easily. The up-front cost for a manual is approx £1680 (my memory dependant). It's £500 more for an auto and that's what my husband wants. Peugeot aren't manufacturing the auto drive yet
    We were told January.

    I spoke with a Motability advisor about changing my car early. He told me to ring the Motability line and explain to them what I had told him and they wont charge me for changing early and they'll give me a partial refund of my up-front costs on the car I have now. That ought be about £450 in January so I can afford this lovely new WAV. I can hire it for 5 years he said. Lynne
    Lynne if you go for the automatic make sure it's a full automatic engine not an adapted one. That isn't a very good description but you get the hang of it.
    Our Peugeot WAV from Allied is the adapted engine and its HORRIBLE. It has a very disconcerting judder along with other things.
    We wish we'd just got the manuel.

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  • Ellie
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    I'm chuffed you found the right WAV for you Ann and hope you've many happy days out with your daughter.

    Love Ellie.

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi Ann, where can you put your wheelchair in the Berlingo? Lynne

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  • Gillette
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    Hi Ann,

    Congratulations on your purchase. I'm sure you'll enjoy being able to get out and about more easily.

    Have fun!

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  • Annb
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    I am so pleased you found a car that you like at the NEC Lynne. It sounds wonderful.

    I am not eligible for the mobility scheme but have managed to find an ex-mobility vehicle. It's a three year old Citroen Berlingo and is being delivered next week. I have travelled in the local Community Cab Berlingo so know it is a decent ride. It has a very low mileage and wonder why the previous owner used it so little.

    Thank you to everyone who offered me advice. I found the whole process a bit scary having never bought a second-hand car by myself before. I am now looking forward to going shopping with my daughter without the stress and worrying about getting in and out the car. I can also regain some independence using my electric wheelchair when we are out.

    Ann

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi all. We went to the Motability Show at the NEC, Birmingham today to look at WAVs. We cannot afford a 'Sit Up Front WAV.' They have a ridiculous up-front price. But we found a lovely new Peugeot Rifter Horizon WAV omwith Allied. It has a ramp at the back and you can have a hoist to help get your powered wheelchair up the ramp. The wheelchair can be positioned either behind the front passenger seat or in the middle of that row. I think that I'll chose the middle so I don't have the front passenger head restraint blocking my view. Also, my husband (the driver) will be closer to me in that position so that we can chat more easily. The up-front cost for a manual is approx £1680 (my memory dependant). It's £500 more for an auto and that's what my husband wants. Peugeot aren't manufacturing the auto drive yet
    We were told January.

    I spoke with a Motability advisor about changing my car early. He told me to ring the Motability line and explain to them what I had told him and they wont charge me for changing early and they'll give me a partial refund of my up-front costs on the car I have now. That ought be about £450 in January so I can afford this lovely new WAV. I can hire it for 5 years he said. Lynne

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  • Boiler68
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    Hi Ann

    Have you checked out Wilsons in Surrey..they are a motability dealer

    Boiler

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  • AndyB
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    Hi Anne

    I would suggest you contact the companies that build WAVs (you can find them all on the motability website) and enquire as to whether or not they sell their second hand vehicles directly, which I’m sure they do. They may even be prepared to bring any you are interested in to your house so you can try it for suitability.

    Andy

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  • Deb
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    Hi Anne,

    We got our WAV from Allied mobility and the service was great. I do qualify for a mobility car but I think they sell second hand WAVs for people that don't.

    I can drive my powerchair into the car and it is just behind the driver . To have the front converted was going to cost alot and we would have lost a couple of seats. It's just like sitting in the back of the car. We had some seats taken out as we dont have many passengers so it seats 3 and my wheelchair. Its quick and easy to get in but you do need to make sure you have enough headroom.

    Happy hunting,
    Love Debbie x

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