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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.

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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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After a long year of absence from the Mobility events circuit, TBC Conversions can finally look forward to appearing at live exhibitions and seeing our clients, customers, and colleagues face-to-face. By the end of the year, TBC Conversions’ team and products will have been showcased live in at least two major mobility events, something we have all been looking forward to in 2021.

So, here is a selection of up-and-coming mobility events where you can find TBC Conversions, our products, services and expert staff for the rest of 2021.

Mobility Event: Kidz to Adults – Disabled Living Collective

Date: 28th June 2021 Type: Virtual

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Kidz to Adultz Exhibitions are one of the UK’s most prestigious event and publication organisations in the disabled community.

Their work has consistently brought companies together whose products and services benefit the lives of children, young adults, their carers and families with disabilities and additional needs. Under normal circumstances, their live mobility events would be hosted up and down the UK, and over the last year, two successful Venue to Virtual events have already been rolled out.

TBC Conversions have always enjoyed being a part of this growing Disabled Living Collective and have been exhibiting with Kidz to Adultz since our inception. We can look forward to exhibiting our wheelchair accessible vehicles and independent driving aids at the next Venue to Virtual event – Disabled Living Collective and an audience including end-users, carers, families, and HCPs in attendance this June.

The Venue to Virtual Exhibition follows on from the success of previous online mobility events the organisation has hosted during the pandemic. The event will be hosted live and online on the 28th of June and will give people the chance to view the latest equipment and services that are available today and provide guidance on how to get in touch with the companies providing it.

Register your free attendance at the virtual mobility event, and check us out at Kidz to Adultz Disabled Living Collective.
 

Mobility Event: The Big Event – Motability

Date: 6th & 7th August 2021 Type: Virtual

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This is going to be one big day for Motability customers and partners of the scheme as The Big Event goes virtual in 2021.

Considering the pandemic, organisers made the decision to change the usual large scale live mobility event to a virtual showcase for 2021, inviting exhibitors to build virtual stands that will be available to visit for attendees from the comfort of their homes.

TBC Conversions work closely with the Motability Scheme and in the past have enjoyed exhibiting at their One Big Day and The Big Events hosted all around the UK. Our complete range of wheelchair accessible vehicles are available on the Motability Scheme are available to see this year on The Big Event Virtual Showcase, complete with demonstration videos and live chat options to speak with a TBC Sales team member.

The work that has gone into making The Big Event Virtual means it simple and easy for those who would usually attend live exhibitions to join in. What’s more, this virtual mobility event access gives those who are still not comfortable leaving their homes or entering large crowds the opportunity to see all that is available in the mobility world in complete safety.

It’s easy and free to register and attend The Big Event 2021 and the team at TBC Conversions cannot wait to see you there.

 

Mobility Event: Naidex Show

Date: 15th & 16th September 2021 Type: Live

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An organisation that work to promote products and services that support independent living, Naidex is an exhibition that TBC Conversions feel is important to be a part of.

After a series of successful virtual showcases, September is promising to be an exciting month for Nadiex and their exhibitors as live events return, and Naidex will be one of the first major hosts to return to face-to-face exhibits.

In September 2021, TBC Conversions will gladly look forward to attending our first live mobility event in over a year. As such a vital part of our customer ethos, in-person interaction is something we have dearly missed during the pandemic. Our free doorstep demonstrations and necessary home vehicle safety checks have continued with safe social distancing and COVID safe procedures in place, but this will be our first chance to get back to what we love doing; seeing our customers.

Plenty of our peers will be feeling as excited as we are about returning to live exhibitions schedules, and we’d like to encourage those who are able to safely do so to attend the Naidex Show as their live mobility event returns in 2021.

Mobility Event: OT Show

Date: 24th & 25th November 2021 Type: Live

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Only the second live mobility event taking place in 2021, but one we are extremely happy to be exhibiting at again, The OT Show is a wonderful chance for TBC Conversions to showcase our product to professionals who are likely to use them.

This event prides itself on being the largest educational and inspiring mobility event for a range of occupational therapists working within specialist areas across the UK. The OT Show gives professionals the chance to explore and learn about the tools available to them within their respective sectors and, in the case of TBC Conversions, our WAVs are always a great attraction.

Taking place in the Birmingham NEC in late November, The OT Show is one we always look forward to attending, and for this year those that cannot attend will get the chance to join in online. Organisers have followed the success of their online virtual showcase and combined it with the live event creating a hybrid mobility event that people around the country can attend.

A Hybrid Future for Mobility Events

As we look forward to things returning to some state of normality on the mobility events circuit, we can also look forward to some positive changes happening. As we know in 2020 virtual events became a necessity and now, following positive responses from attendees and exhibitors alike, organisations have continued to develop their online presences keeping virtual events part of the programme.

In 2021, and for the foreseeable future, virtual mobility events will continue to be a part of major events making them accessible for people in their homes and workplaces. Whilst originally intended to enable social distancing, these virtual events will now give people from anywhere in the country the opportunity to access the products, services, and educational material on display without attending a physical event.

At TBC Conversions our team know that attending these major mobility events, give the disabled community and those who work in the sector the chance to come together, share what they know. We look forward to seeing the latest technologies, inspirational speeches and our peers and clients in person.

Whilst we cannot wait to get back out there, we are also excited to embrace the ongoing presence of online mobility events and exhibitions where we can get our products and services out to an audience beyond the physical events.

Stay tuned to find out where we’ll be, both physically and virtually in the future on our News and Events pages an


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Learn how TBC Salesperson, Gerry Galvin, and Sandvik Engineering technician, Philip Oliver, worked together to transform van into office. A journey that ended with us developing one of our most cleverly conceived specialist vehicle conversions yet.

In summer of 2018, an existing client of the Donnelly Group, Sandvik Engineering, was recommended to Gerry at TBC Specialist Conversions in relation to a unique specialist conversion they had in mind.

The task at hand; to enable mobile diagnostics and servicing of the Sandvik’s cutting edge industrial equipment.

Who are Sandvik and what do they do?  

Sandvik is an established global engineering group that specialises in mining and rock excavation as well as developing state of the art metal-cutting and materials technology.

Their work takes them all over the world, providing advanced stainless steels and special alloys for industrial heating, tools and systems for industrial metal cutting, as well as providing the expert service and maintenance of these products. 

This is where TBC Specialist Conversions steps in.

A unique van conversion consultation

Whenever our team meet a client, they like to establish their core needs. Not just how to get them from A to B but also whatever might have prevented them from doing so efficiently in the past. Once we know about any barriers our client has faced, we can go about smashing them down in style.

Phillip, a service technician of Sandvik’s, found that attending jobs all over the UK was becoming a task, from issues transporting specialised equipment and tools to the basics such as having somewhere to access the office and even just make lunch.

So, when TBC began discussions about combining Phillip’s and Sandvik’s professional requirements as well as some of the technicians own personal preferences, ideas started to flow.

After establishing these core needs, TBC Specialist Conversions were able to work closely with Phillip to design and develop the perfect pairing of equipment transport, mobile office, secure storage and canteen, giving Sandvik and their technician everything they both wished for and more. 

Everything including the kitchen sink 

Thinking outside the box, and about the long hours Sandvik’s technicians could spend on jobs, a kitchenette seemed only fitting to complete this one of a kind specialist conversion.

Now instead of bringing in soggy sandwiches and hauling huge thermoses of coffee and tea around, the technicians can prepare meals from the comfort of their newly converted mobile office, kitchen and workspace. 

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From van to office

Starting with the standard long-wheelbase Volkswagen Crafter.2 our team got to work.  

The basic design needs were laid out and configuration could finally begin. First, an easy access workspace was positioned at the rear of the vehicle with compact storage solutions, a workbench and even a place to wash your hands.

The central section of the vehicle was then split into two distinct areas. One reserved for a fully functioning desk and office space, the other a modern kitchenette complete with a sink, worktops, cupboards and a fridge.

Contemporary finishes, lighting, plenty of plug sockets and an energy-efficient voltmeter transformed a basic Volkswagen van into a fully functioning mobile workspace, with all the mod-cons of a sophisticated modern office.

The finished result

Between the client and the team at TBC Specialist Conversions, a lot of time and effort went into designing and configuring the perfect vehicle conversion, not only meeting but exceeding our customer’s needs. 

The specially designed mobile office provides equipment and storage space in the rear of the vehicle as well as a mobile office and kitchen facility to allow the technicians to work remotely for long periods of time.

From van to office, the conversion was complete and the customer couldn’t be happier. Job done.


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Our attention to detail, good service, outstanding value and respect for all are just some of the qualities that instill trust within our customers who return to the TBC Group year after year and generation after generation.



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