Hi, I’m ayjay - (Alexander John), my wife has secondary progressive MS and up to last autumn was able to walk a maximum of a half mile - last November she had Shingles which had an immediate and drastic effect on the MS such that she couldn’t walk at all unaided, eight months on and she has Post Herpatic Neuralgia and nothing has improved as far as walking is concerned.
She now has a mobility scooter which allows us to get out together (bird butterfly and dragonfly watching and photographing) she also sometimes uses a wheelchair and at other times a simple walking frame.
We have a reasonably large estate car which can either hold the scooter, or the wheelchair and the walking frame but not all three - to be honest with the scooter (and ramps) in the back I struggle to get the weeks shopping distributed around it. A holiday at the moment would be out of the question as we’d need all three plus space for luggage etc.
To solve the problem we are currently looking for a van which will give us the the required space. Vans from dealers are subject to VAT and with a purchase price approaching £10k I’d rather not have another 20% added on top.
I’ve read as much as I can on the subject on the HMRC website regarding VAT exemption for vehicle purchases (until my head is spinning) and it seems to say that there must be some sort of adaption to the vehicle to qualify for VAT exemption.
Can anyone here confirm or deny this or put me on the right path to saving some of my hard-earned cash?