Following the delivery of a new wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) in December, I’ve had to add another TGA machine to my fleet of mobility chariots.
Unfortunately, my Vita X – ‘Muddy’ as it’s now affectionately known – was a few millimetres too wide to fit in the new vehicle using the ramp. So, I looked at approved used models on the TGA website and decided after checking the stats that the Vita Lite would be perfect for my new car. One short phone call to TGA and a rather lovely chat with Chelsea and it was all arranged including a service of Muddy.
John, the engineer, arrived as arranged after a call the day before to confirm the arrival time. What a pleasant man, equipped with mask and gloves, it was no bother for him as he laid on the ground in January morning drizzle checking over the inner workings of my machine.
Whilst I left him to it, I checked over my new Vita Lite and I must say for a used scooter it was in pretty immaculate condition as described on the website.
For those scooter users who haven’t considered a WAV, I must say it’s definitely a decision worth taking. I started off with boot scooters, but as my health deteriorated, we decided to go down the hoist route. It was excellent at the time but a few years on and the need for a bigger, more comfortable seat meant even the bigger car boots couldn’t accommodate my scooter without removing the seat before hoisting in. This really only left us with two choices: either a van type vehicle with a hoist or a WAV. Previous trips to The One Big Day, The Motability Show and chats with Motability on the phone indicated the WAV was the most suitable decision for us. For those struggling to come up with the deposit on a WAV, there are grants available to help or cover this. A few phone calls to WAV dealers and we decided on Allied Mobility and the Ford Grand Tourneo Connect Freedom. Demonstrations were brought to our house, lockdown procedures were followed to the letter and there was no pressure to buy. A great experience and the WAV arrived a few weeks later once the order was placed. I decided on the Ford purely as it was the most suitable for me – ease of access being the highest priority as so many cars are so hard to get in and out of.
Loading my new Vita Lite is a joy. The easy lightweight ramp is so easy to use. I just drive the scooter in. Rotating the seat and departing via the ramp is easy and straightforward too. The car is also equipped with a winch for days when I’m in my manual chair.
For those who struggle to load their scooters, I strongly recommend this route. Once lockdown is over, I have so many new areas waiting to explore on the Vita.
Good news on the Vita X too. John gave it a thorough going over, so watch this space as Muddy will be splashing around the woods while Mini Muddy will be tackling all the easier outings. Thank you TGA.