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Since 1977 the Motability Scheme has helped disabled people, their families and carers reclaim their freedom and independence by delivering mobility to millions of people all over the UK. As more and more manufacturers joined the scheme over the years disabled people were given a variety of well-established vehicle makes and models to choose from, among them, it is Volkswagen Motability cars that stand out as the most reliable and easily adaptable options.

What it means to be Recognised Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Converters

At TBC Conversions we work closely with Volkswagen, supplying a range of Volkswagen Motability cars or WAVs, alongside our accessible and standard minibuses. It’s thanks to our innovative vehicle conversion work that we are Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Recognised Converters, and proud to be part of a network that supports independent conversions specialists.

Volkswagen Motability Cars

We can guarantee that every Volkswagen Motability car or minibus adapted by TBC Conversions meets the high standards and technical requirements of the manufacturer. Our work doesn’t impact the quality or reliability of Volkswagen vehicles design or build, plus our processes and people are subject to strict examinations and auditing from VW. Altogether this ensures TBC Conversions deliver converted Volkswagen Motability cars that match the benchmark that VW has set.

Our range of Volkswagen Motability cars

At TBC Conversions we understand that every one of our customers is different, with their own individual needs, requirements and wishes. Because of this recognition, we can tailor our WAV conversions to every type of disabled driver or passenger. From medium to large, our Volkswagen Motability car range accommodates wheelchair-using drivers and passengers as well as their families and carers comfortably.

Let’s look at the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life

With an ultra-lightweight rear loading ramp and Q’Straint tie-downs and restraints, as far as Volkswagen Motability cars go, our Caddy Maxi LIfe offers an easy-to-use day to day travel option for wheelchair-using passengers and their families or carers.

At TBC Conversions, we recognise the necessity for passengers travelling in the rear of the vehicle to feel comfortable, safe, and part of the family journey. We do not want people to feel isolated or cut off from others travelling in the cabin. Thanks to Volkswagen’s thoughtful designs, the middle row of seating can be removed partially or entirely to remove barriers from the rear of the vehicle to the forward passenger compartment.

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What’s more the Caddy Maxi Life plus from TBC Conversions offers wheelchair passengers further comfort whilst travelling with rear sliding opening windows and our continuous rear door seal technology protecting passengers from the elements, car fumes and road noise. Additional options are available including privacy glass and a winch to assist passenger entry,

In short, the Caddy Maxi Life is a Volkswagen Motability car that provides superior comfort and ease of use for everyday travel, making it the ideal choice for carers and families with wheelchair users.

Moving on to the Volkswagen T6.1 Range

A blank canvas for converters to work with, the T6.1 Range are popular Volkswagen Motability cars among those who wish to retain their ability to drive independently. Thanks to the flexibility of the range, TBC Conversions adaptions can assist with driving independence in a number of ways.

Our side and rear inboard and underfloor lifts can be remotely operated by wheelchair users, allowing ease of access without disassembling their wheelchairs or needing assistance from others.

The rear access lift shown below from Autolift guides drivers onto the platform and into their vehicle with subtle low-level lighting, stowing away quickly and efficiently behind them. What’s more, the Autolift is less conspicuous than others on the market, blending in with the stylish and sleek Volkswagen interiors, something which we know is important to our clients.

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Once inside, our customers can then choose to transfer to a driving position with our 6-way seats, securing their wheelchair in place and moving onto the driver’s seat quickly and with ease. Alternatively, the option to drive from a wheelchair eliminates the need to vacate the wheelchair at all, with a sophisticated docking system that allows wheelchair users to lock in and drive away.

Of course, the T6.1 Range of Volkswagen Motability cars also offers a variety of wheelchair passenger options including an upfront passenger position whereby the wheelchair user can be seated alongside the driver.

From the Volkswagen Shuttle to the exquisite Caravelle, our conversions provide clients with larger WAVs that can seat up to 6 passengers and a wheelchair user comfortably. Perfect for independent drivers, families, and organisations to get on the road efficiently and in style.

Finally, our Volkswagen Crafter Minibus Conversions

Outside of our Volkswagen Motability car range, TBC Conversions also work to convert Crafter vans into 16- and 17-seater standard and accessible minibuses.

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Our TBC Taxi and Bus Conversions team work to supply local authorities, commercial dealerships, community transport groups, care homes, schools and colleges with minibus conversions that are adapted to suit the individual needs of the end-users.With a range of access options to choose from the accessible minibus, Crafters are supplied with rear inboard passenger lifts and have the option to seat up to 5 wheelchairs, plus flexible seating is made possible with quick release seating and 8 track M2 tested flooring. We also offer standard Volkswagen minibus conversions supplied with electric cantilever side steps, saloon heating and flexible seating.

TBC Conversions’ carefully considered minibus conversions include from the 16- and 17-seater Volkswagen Crafters but the same conversions can also be applied to the smaller 9-seater Volkswagen Crafter with accessible and standard options, each one completed with Intelligence, Empathy and Care.

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To find out more about how we can help find your next Volkswagen Motability car, get in touch with one of the TBC Conversions team on 0800 999 5090 or email sales@tbcconversions.com.

As established Volkswagen Motability car converters, TBC Conversions look forward to continuing our work with the wonderful range of VW vehicles that are continuously being designed and developed to improve the driver experience and environmental impact. Keep your eyes peeled for any exciting news we might have about the Volkswagen Caddy Maxi Life Gen 5 and any other commercial vehicle developments that come from Volkswagen soon.


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In recent months there has been something happening on social media. Now if you are not in the world of marketing, or even just the niche that is marketing to disabled audiences, this movement may have completely escaped your attention, so we thought we’d help bring it into sharp focus.

How it all began

One woman, Victoria Jenkins, founder of adaptive clothing label Unhidden Clothing, noticed that despite carefully targeting her adverts, painstakingly researching her hashtags and producing cleverly curated content, her adaptive brands reach on social media wasn’t what it should be.

After looking into why this could be she made a shocking discovery which she then spoke out about on social media. The response from 100’s of other adaptive clothing, mobility aid suppliers and other disability brand marketers showcased them and their small business promotions were blatantly being silenced by social media algorithms.

She posted way back in April about her findings and started a powerful movement against the obvious and unfair censorship of disability on all social media platforms. What followed was nothing short of impressive, as the community that had been brought together because of this social media censorship, united to try and make a difference together.

So how can this happen?

Definition of Social Media Algorithm: a technical means of sorting posts based on relevancy instead of publishing time, in order to prioritize which, content a user sees first according to the likelihood that they will actually engage with such content.

By definition, carefully curated targeted content should reach our desired audiences and encourage engagement with relevant brands, this has however turned out not to be the case. With examples coming out from the 100’s of adaptive business owners and brands proving their posts and ads have been banned or stopped by social media platforms for containing “sensitive material“.

The likes of Seated Sewing who specialise in adaptive garment sewing and hospital gowns had their ads cancelled because the “bodies and skin” on show are not what people want to see. Or Slick Chicks who design accessible intimates for diverse bodies having their work censored for using models who’ve had mastectomies or amputees, the people who represent their target audience!

These are just two examples of a bigger problem but luckily 20 of these dedicated brands have now come together to change the landscape and level the playing field for digital marketing accessible products.

How tbc conversions are involved

At TBC Conversions we provide wheelchair accessible vehicles to those who need them. We work in close partnership with the Motability Scheme to deliver seamless service to all our customers throughout their vehicle lease.

Marketing for TBC Conversions has recently taken a large leap into mainstream social media, but the struggle is real, even in the adaptive automotive industry. Carefully curated reels and videos of vehicles converted to allow wheelchair access are clearly getting less reach and/or engagement than their abled counterparts. Working under a large established motor dealer group, we are able to compare how our posts perform and there is a clear difference.

So far, we have not faced any difficulty with paid social advertising, but this could be down to the fact that we haven’t used any live models in our promotional videos as yet.

We would like to move forward with live reviews of our vehicles, using real wheelchair users, and want to shoot more promotional material with relatable models in the shots, although until the playing field is levelled and the restrictions and censorship stop, this could just be money and effort down the drain.

As many of the brands involved in the movement are small to medium businesses, money and time are precious commodities. To stand out in such a niche market takes dedication, creativity and at the end of the day cash, as we all know social media is pay to play these days. All these things are easy to produce when you are running a business close to your heart, as the passion is there, but when your work is rejected censored or deemed “sensitive” by an algorithm it can be soul-destroying. This plus the fact that you know your target audience aren’t being fairly represented on any social media platforms.

Thanks to the brands behind #DiversityIncludesDisability all adaptive and disabled industries could start to see positive change in the way social media platforms promote our hard work. Let’s hope that in the near future, disabled brands and indeed audiences will receive the same representation as their able counterparts.

 

To find out more about the #DiversityIncludesDisability movement and the brands that are pushing for important change head over to Instagram and search the #.


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TBC Conversions Ltd (NORTHERN IRELAND)

50 Far Circular Rd,
Dungannon
Co. Tyrone
BT71 6LW
Northern Ireland

Tel: 0800 999 5090

TBC Conversions Ltd (ENGLAND)

Unit 3
Brunel Road
Bromborough
CH62 3NY
England

Tel: 0800 999 5090