TESTIMONIAL 2016 (NSW)
We purchased a new 2016 Kia carnival and got the family conversion done. After a few delays we finally become proud owners of a very flash wheel chair van, Best decision we could have made, wish we had done it sooner. Going places now is stress and strain free. Have to also mention the QUICK-SECURE Retractable tie downs and restraints, these are so easy and convenient to use, real time savers. Highly recommend this product. Very impressed with the finished product, it was well worth the wait. Thanks to the team at freedom.
From the Riches family.
Hi Phillip, In September 2016, Phillip of Freedom Motors assisted in converted our Mercedes V250d with the Fiorella Slim Fit Platform Lift for our son’s first wheelchair and we could not be happier with it! We experienced excellent customer service from start to finish with Phillip providing constant updates and managing to expedite the installation from four to two weeks for us. Life is so much easier for our family now that we are able to just slide our son’s wheelchair into the docking system and away we go – no more heaving lifting in and out! Phillip was also able to recommend a suitable comprehensive car insurance company to insure our newly converted vehicle and the premium was surprising reasonable compared to regular car insurers. I cannot recommend Freedom Motors highly enough and we will most definitely be using their amazing service in the future. Thank you!
Have a great day! Cheers, Sarah
Freedom Motors gave us the Freedom of Motoring. My wife started having difficulty manoeuvring in and out of our car, it was very stressful. We decided to seek a wheelchair accessible vehicle which is a daunting prospect, with many vehicles and companies. Fortunately we accessed the Freedom Motors website and we were soon in contact with Peggy Hertog the Victorian State Manager. Peggy quickly sorted out our requirements and budget. The thoroughness of the Freedom mechanics and engineers in refurbishing our Chrysler Voyager was extremely thorough and professional. We thank with all sincerity the advice and friendly information that we received throughout the experience. Freedom Motors and Peggy Hertog made what appeared a daunting and onerous task to us into a very pleasant and fulfilling experience. Our Thanks to all involved and especially to Peggy: Thank you for all your help and guidance.
Win and Rod Harrison
Hi Troy, Just wanted to pass on our thanks to Freedom for the awesome work conducted on our new Kia Carnival YP. We couldn’t be happier and the Family Conversion has made a massive difference to our life. Having Addison sitting in her wheelchair in the middle between her two sisters is amazing. From a practical point of view, it makes it safer for her as she is very close to us so we can see she is ok. We couldn’t have her in the rear of the vehicle due to her medical needs, so the family conversion is amazing. But more importantly, she is now in between her two sisters and often reaches up to hold their hands whilst we move between home and school, hospital and family events. It is wonderful. The Freedom Dock is awesome and it makes the journey very easy and one less thing to do each time we head out. We couldn’t be happier with our Freedom Family Conversion and attached are a couple of photos of us in our new vehicle.
Thanks from the Read’s. Trent
Dear Freedom Motors, In January this year I took possession of my wheelchair drive converted Volkswagen. After numerous problems trying to work out what I exactly needed. I finally contacted Garry at Freedom. He initially put me on to Brooke Rowe, our WA representative. Brooke assisted me with vehicle type and the conversion I required. Once completed, as Brooke had left the company to look after her young family, I dealt with Troy Rowe. Troy's assistance has been second to none. From helping with transportation back to WA. He then handled all of my driving modifications. He has a great wealth of knowledge, due to his experience in the field. And together we worked out the best driving aids for me. This was a far better option than dealing with too many OT's and the hassles that come with "too many cooks". I have state of the art voice activation for wipers, indicators etc. Fidel accelerate and brake system to name a few. Any problems, don't worry, Troy is always ready to help. So now 3 and a 1/2 years since my accident, I am finally on the road again. It seemed at times out of reach. But thanks to Troy we now have a "one stop conversion” specialist in WA. And I highly recommend him. Thanks Troy you are a legend in my eyes and I appreciate all of your ongoing assistance.
Cheers, Tracey Demasson
I chose Freedom Motors to do my modifications after quite a bit of research. Everybody I spoke to, indicated the only place to go was Freedom Motors. In the last 6 years I had not one problem with my modified KIA. Unfortunately I had a few problems with my second car but the after-sales and customer service by Freedom as represented by Peggy Hertog really made the most difficult situation in a positive experience. Peggy dealt with the problems head-on, kept us posted about the process and was always easy to reach, even in the weekends. Freedom Motors did an outstanding job to meet my needs. I couldn't be happier with the service I get from Freedom Motors but more particularly from their State Manager Peggy Hertog. I would recommend Freedom Motors to everyone who needs a modified car. They really care about their clients.
Thank you, Ian McPherson.
Hi James, Firstly, I want to say a HUGE thank you for your guidance and assistance. I have made the right choice regarding car and type of conversion, to a great extend because of you. Emma and I very happy with the car and I find it hard to imagine what it was like two weeks ago. We have established a new routine and are enjoying the benefits. I don't miss lifting the chair into the boot at all, lol. Emma also loves riding in her chair and looking out the front window. Now I also bring the chair into the house after school which I have rarely done before. This gives Emma more opportunity to play, learn and eat in a safe and comfortable position. This is my daughter Emma and I taking ownership of our brand new Kia Soul MY16, family member conversion in April 2016. It is an amazing car that looks inside and out having come straight from the factory. The quality of the interior finish is of highest standard, the layout and positioning of tie downs and accessories are well thought through and both the front and rear tie downs are very easy to use. I first contacted Freedom Motors in September 2015. My first conversation with James Hawker took me from having a rough idea with some questions and doubts to the point where I was confident to purchase. James made the purchase process really easy and was always just a phone call or email away. This was incredibly helpful to me since I was purchasing the car through my local dealer and James stepped in coordinating everything until the delivery was complete. Overall, Freedom Motors provided me with a perfect product which I can recommend very highly. Take care.
Best Regards, Doreen
We purchased our Kia Grand Carnival in January 2015 and contacted Freedom Motors with a view to having it converted to a wheelchair accessible vehicle for our adult son, Nicholas. The conversion was done in April and completed within a few weeks. When we delivered the vehicle to Freedom Motors we were very impressed with their attention to detail when inspecting the vehicle. This attention was also noticeable when we took delivery of the converted vehicle. We were provided with a detailed explanation of the features of the conversion and how they operated, as well as an explanation of the driving procedures required in a converted vehicle. Freedom Motors conveyed an impression of efficiency and expertise, as well as an understanding of the difficulties encountered by families with wheelchair-bound children. The converted vehicle has been trouble-free and has enabled our family to enjoy greater flexibility in our daily lives. We would recommend Freedom Motors as a highly efficient company with significant expertise in vehicle conversion.
Peter and Anna Rousch
We chose a Kia Grand Carnival because we needed the configuration that would allow for transporting more people. With our conversion we can easily transport six people inclusive of the wheelchair, which is great for those times when we want to go somewhere with extended family. We found Freedom Motors staff easy to communicate with, the quality of the work to be top notch and the after sales service to be easily accessible in our State. Our daughter is much happier not having to be lifted into the car as it was getting to the point where it wasn’t safe for her and we were starting to really feel her weight. My wife had reached the point she could no longer lift her without severe pain and discomfort in her neck and back, with a high risk of dropping her due to our daughter’s increasing weight, as she is now twelve years old.
Regards, Michiko Parnell
Hi Carolyn, Freedom Motors modified a Kia Carnival for our son. It was converted for his specific requirements, taking into consideration that he is a tall man and uses a large motorised chair. The impressive result has provided a safe, comfortable ride. He is easily loaded and strapped in. We are most satisfied with Freedom Motors' friendly service and professional expertise."
September 2015 my husband David & I had our Toyota Rukus 2011 model converted for wheelchair accessibility “Family Member Conversion” for our son Benjamin by Freedom Motors. We are very pleased with the professional high quality conversion on the Rukus, which looks fantastic and done in a suitable time period. Garry Dale has been a great help and support before and after the conversion. We consider Freedom Motors to be the leaders in the field for wheelchair accessible conversions. We would highly recommend Freedom Motors to potential customers looking for this type of conversion, without any hesitation. Many Thanks Freedom Motors Australia
Kindest Regards, Jill & David Scarpignato
Dear Mr van Mullekom, I have a life threatening muscle wasting condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), which places severe restrictions on my body, limiting my ability to perform many physical tasks. Despite my disability, I live a very active life with a hectic day to day schedule. I am a full-time student and recently completed my Bachelor of Biomedicine Honours degree at The University of Melbourne. I plan to study on and pursue a full-time PhD at the same university beginning from 2015. Until present, I have relied on Maxi Taxis for all my conveyance including travel to university, trips to medical appointments, and trips to recreational events such football matches, sporting events, movies and restaurants. As anyone who has relied on Maxi Taxis would tell you, it can be extremely frustrating having to plan all trips in advance around cab drop off and pick-up times. This makes it hard to have fun and enjoy memorable events. But worst of all, taxis are not reliable and sometimes it can be a long wait for one to arrive (up to an hour or more during peak times!). Occasionally, I have altogether missed lectures, medical appointments and other events because of reliance on taxis. After saving up for several years, in August 2014, I finally had enough funds to purchase a Kia Grand Carnival S. As soon as I got the car, me and my parents started discussions with several companies regarding modifying the vehicle for wheelchair access. Following a vehicle demonstration at our place from Freedom Motors State Manager of Victoria Mrs. Peggy Hertog, the decision was not hard. Peggy was very friendly and patiently explained all the features and options available with Freedom conversion. In my opinion, her personal touch clearly distinguished Freedom Motors from other companies. Above all, Peggy was always accessible via email and phone to answer all our queries. We opted for the Freedom family conversion as it was most suitable to our needs. In September 2014, our car was transported to St Marys, NSW for the conversion courtesy of Freedom Motors at no extra cost to us. The converted vehicle was delivered to us in early November. Although, I admit the conversion takes quite a bit of time, when you see quality of the end product, it is well worth the wait. The compact and lightweight manual rear ramp opens up with minimal effort. The electric restraints retract and lock my electric wheelchair in position as I move up the ramp onto the lowered floor. Within two minutes, I am securely tied down and all set to move about on the roads. With close proximity to the driver and other passengers, I can more actively participate in family discussions. The unobtrusive vision enables me to enjoy the scenic beauty while travelling. Best of all, I no longer need to rely on taxis and can move about at my convenience. Over the next few months I plan to travel Australia in my newly modified Kia Grand Carnival. For anyone who is considering a vehicle modification, I will highly recommend Freedom Motors. The expertise of their engineers and technicians and the friendly customer service are commendable.
Savant Thakur, St. Albans, VIC
Having grown up in a rural area of Queensland with limitation and very few services, my parents had always provided the best for me. After life changing challenges happened about 4 years ago. I was left relying on a power wheelchair for everyday living. It didn’t really hit us until I finished my university degree in Brisbane and landed a position back in the rural area, the need to transport my power wheelchair was a much greater challenge. In the city I had access to the buses, trains, citycats and regular taxi services. Once arriving back in the area, it hit me personally that I couldn’t go places independently due to the fact I need to transport my power chair. It was though the great effect of my family that found freedom motors, the investigation and phone calls between my family and freedom motors began. We made a trip to Sydney to view the vehicles and modification choices. It was that day that I selected Toyota Rukus vehicle as my choice and the modification choice was the transfer into the driver’s seat from my power wheelchair. This conversion choice was the one that best suited my needs and capabilities. During the process of making the discussion, the staffs were very helpful at taking the time to return calls to any of my question, no matter how odd the question was. Once the discussion was made the vehicle was purchased in my local area and transported down to Sydney for the modification to be done as suggested by the sales team. Over the two month period of the conversions, the sales staffs were fantastic at accommodating my travel arrangements and timeframe to fit it in with the very helpful workshop staff. Since collecting my car on 31st May 2014, then driving back to rural Queensland, it is like most things, there have been a few teething problems, but with help from the Freedom Motors staff, we were able to iron out the concerns and now everything is going really well. My Toyota Rukus and transfer modification by Freedom Motors, has given me enormous independence and freedom. The modification of transferring into the driver’s seat from the power chair has made it very comfortable for me to able to drive. It’s a very odd feeling been able to drive myself places and be completely safe and independent. I was very nervous at the start, because it had been so long since doing shopping and task confidently and independently. But now there is no stopping me from traveling anywhere I want to go. I would strongly recommend this company to anybody that needs the ability to transport a power wheelchair to either give independence or more opportunity to allow their family to have outings together. Freedom Motors have the choice and designs available to accommodate most needs within the Australian population. With much appreciation to my Family & Freedom Motors.
Dear Garry, We are very impressed with the conversion with the self driver transfer function in a Toyota Tarago. Brian is very happy. He has a smile on his face and he has his indepentnace back. He can now go out on his own without me helping him. Thank you all very much.
Brian & Mavis Sommersville
We bought a Toyota Tarago 2009 model and was converted by Freedom Motors within a couple of weeks in April 2014, we purchased a 5 passenger + 1 wheelchair access conversion. The purchasing of this conversion has enabled us to easily drive our son Ali into the van with no troubles. At first his father would have to pull the 17 year old son out of the wheelchair and sit him into the 2nd row seats with his siblings which was hard for Ali to sit properly, for the kids to support him, and especially for the father to lift him up. After that the father would have to dismantle the chair and place it in the boot, and then take it out and reassemble it again. This was directly impacting the father’s health, as his father has minor back problems. The sales person treated us in a great way, she answered all our questions and gave us all the information and kept us informed while the van was away. The after sales service of Freedom Motors is AMAZING, after we received our conversion we were really impressed. The quality of the modification work is outstanding, and we love the light weight operation, and the quality of the internal and external finishing. The modification meant that the mother can easily go out by herself, without having the husband at home to lift him in the car. Overall, the Freedom Motors service is FANTASTIC, their work is really life changing, and I have no hesitation to recommend this reliable company to anyone that needs a great quality conversion to their vehicle. Thank you FREEDOM MOTORS for your ongoing commitment!
Kind Regards, Hussein and Samia Morad
Many thanks to Freedom Motors for coming up with such a brilliant concept!! We purchased the Kia Grand Carnival and it was converted to the Passenger Model with delivery in Feb 2013, earlier than the intended date which was simply amazing especially since we live in WA. The conversion is of top quality and any staff members we spoke to were professional and very accommodating. We had a small teething problem with the locking dock which was followed up promptly and problem solved to our satisfaction! Our daughter feels like a princess sitting up high at the back. We have often thought why we didn’t get this vehicle sooner as we no longer have back problems! It’s wonderful to know that this company has put a lot of thought and effort into the needs of ones like our daughter and we would highly recommend Freedom Motors to everyone!
The Humble Family, Perth