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About us

About SMV

Southern Mobility Vehicles was born in 2007 after an acquaintance of Peter Zanelli suffered a debilitating illness. Before the illness, she had been active and engaged with life; this unexpected life event changed everything.

The task was to find a suitable means to get her out and about more and prevent her from silently staring through a care home window all day. After considerable research and a long search, a wheelchair accessible vehicle was found and bought.

The change in lifestyle this mode of transport brought changed her view on life. Peter never looked back and decided that his 40 years in the motor trade and previous vehicle conversion experience would be directed towards WAVs. Peter is still the managing director and passionately involved to this day.

Our Proposition to you

Here at Southern Mobility Vehicles, we firmly believe that everyone who contacts us should know what to expect from us in advance.

We want you to be sure that you have chosen the right company to deal with during difficult and uncertain times. Our Proposition is what we are, how we deliver that and of course, what’s in it for you, our customer.

We hope this will be your peace of mind when you engage with us and know this is how we deal with everyone who contacts us regardless of whether you buy from us or not.

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Helping you to find your WAV

We offer independent advice on how you can acquire a wheelchair or scooter accessible vehicle. However, we do need to ascertain your needs and wants. Firstly, we will establish if you qualify for the Motability Scheme.

Then, we will identify if WAV rental is an option and compare how WAV ownership could look for you. We know all the vehicles available and how the different conversions work; our expertise may save you a lot of time and stress.

Our mission is to identify and recommend the best possible WAV or WAVs for you and whether you should lease, rent, finance, or buy. We help people to help themselves; we are not here to tell you what to do. There is no obligation, and our advice is free.

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Meet the Team

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Peter Zanelli
The Boss

Peter was born and raised in South London and after leaving school he worked for his brother in haulage for ten years before opening his first car dealership in Bromley Kent in 1971…

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Jim Wakefield
WAV Logistics Manager

Jim is a problem solver, which makes him invaluable in managing the logistics here at SMV. Whether it be fixing something small to arranging the deliveries and collections…

Bill Cowe
WAV Admin Manager

Bill joined the friendly team here at Southern Mobility Vehicles in July 2019 after working as an office manager for a company that specialised in MOD procurement near…

Patrick Cooper
Operations Director

Patrick joined Southern Mobility Vehicles in November 2016 after a chance meeting with Peter Zanelli, the business owner. He quickly realised that this specialist niche…

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