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Ford Transit Custom WAV at The Big Event

If you’re looking for a new wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) no doubt you’ll want to try before you buy. Finding the right vehicle for you and your family takes time and you will want to see as many different WAVs as possible before making up your mind. So how about having scores of WAVs and adapted cars all under one roof for you to browse and even try. That’s the idea behind Motability’s events  that take place every year across the Country between June and September.

These events bring together everything that’s available on the Scheme which includes not only wheelchair accessible vehicles but also cars, adapted vehicles, scooters and powered wheelchairs – it’s all covered. Dotted across the UK, these events take place in the following cities:

The Big EventBirmingham6 and 7 July 2018
One Big DayNorthern Ireland1 and 2 June
Exeter28 July
Harrogate11 August
Peterborough8 September

In July we will be showcasing Cartwright Mobility’s Ford Transit Custom WAV at The Big Event in Birmingham and later in the month at the One Big Day in Exeter. Admission is free and so is parking so you can spend as much time browsing as you like. It’s a great opportunity to find out how to access the Scheme and chat to Motability advisers who will be on hand throughout the day.

The Big Event in Birmingham

This is the first time that the Big Event has been held at the NEC in Birmingham and the exciting new venue will host the UK’s largest display of vehicles for disabled people. You can expect to see:

  • More than 100 cars from 27 different manufacturers
  • Over 35 adapted cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Over 40 scooters and powered wheelchairs

The event will showcase 28 models of wheelchair accessible vehicles from 17 suppliers and for the first time this year there will be an area where visitors can try a WAV. The ‘taster experience’ will give wheelchair users who have never travelled in a WAV before the chance to try it for the first time. Each session lasts twenty minutes with a professional driving instructor and passengers are joined by a Motability Scheme representative to answer questions along the way.  You can book your taster experience on the day at the WAV booking desk in the test drive area.

Taking the taster experience may be enough to make up your mind but if you’re still undecided about the type of vehicle you want there are plenty of independent organisations on hand to give advice, such as Disabled Motoring UK. They have a network of 16 centres that offer assessments for wheelchair users considering buying a WAV but also anyone thinking of getting back into driving. There’s a lot to consider but there’s no rush, the event is open from 9am till 4pm with free tea and coffee for all visitors so take the opportunity to have some time out and relax.

Cartwright’s Ford Transit Custom WAV
Deciding where in the vehicle you want to sit and how you expect to get in and out is a great place to start in narrowing down your search for a vehicle. Cartwright Mobility specialises in rear passenger wheelchair accessible vehicles much like the ones available for trialing at the event. We will be showcasing our Ford Transit Custom WAV in Birmingham and Exeter so you can get a first-hand look at the vehicle and talk to our knowledgeable staff.

The Ford Transit Custom is deceptively big inside with seven seats and a wheelchair position. The vehicle has a high roof so there is plenty of head room and it is fitted with a fully automatic lift. The entrance into the back of the vehicle is 1660mm high so it is suitable for all manual and powered wheelchairs. For such large capacity, this is a compact WAV which is finished to a high standard using the original manufacturer’s seats and a four-point restraint system installed for a wheelchair.

A fuel efficient vehicle with a 2.0 litre diesel engine, it is available as a manual or an automatic. The Kombi Trend model has a high specification with air conditioning in the front and rear, auto stop-start, Bluetooth, heated door mirrors and parking sensors as standard among a long list of features. There’s no doubt that this vehicle is built for comfort but it is also an incredibly safe conversion.

Every WAV converted by Cartwright Mobility meets high standards set by the industry body, WAVCA (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Converters’ Association). Motability has adopted this criteria and before a wheelchair accessible vehicle is added to the Scheme, the converter must prove that it meets the required standard. The Ford Transit Custom WAV has passed rigorous testing and is available on the Motability Scheme along with several other vehicles from Cartwright Mobility.

Seat layout for Ford Transit Custom WAV
Ford Transit Custom WAV seating layout

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A Fun Day for all the Family

Motability hasn’t forgotten about younger members of the family and there is something for everyone at the events. You can take advantage of a children’s play area with a bouncy castle, face painting, balloon modelling and the chance to meet Billy the Motability Bear. Assistance dogs are welcome and there are mobility scooters and wheelchairs available to hire free of charge.

The venues are fully accessible and there are directions on how to get there and where to park on the Motability website. We’ve included the addresses here for easy reference:

National Exhibition Centre
Hall 17
Birmingham
B40 1NT
Westpoint
Clyst St Mary
Ex
eter, Devon
EX5 1DJ

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the event and we hope you have a great day.

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