Hi This isnt a knee jerk reaction from motability, I have a friend that works for them and when I finally managed to get top rate mobility for my severly sight impared child we were talking about how certain people only want top end cars, this was over 3 years ago!
The issue motability have with this is their scheme to help cover the cost of the advance payment is what is being abused when people apply for and are sucessful in getting the cost of these cars covered (it wasa minium of £200 payment for you, imagine if a person was sucessful in getting the other £14000 covered for the advance payment covered thats 7 other people they could have helped if there is a cap on the advance payment)!
I only know about this because the dealer told me under the new scheme my car wouldnt be available either, i ordered a titanium grand cmax with tinted windows and both front and rear parking sensors, not really an extravagant car (we could have gone with a zafira I supose and gotten used to driving that but I have had fords for years and love the way they drive)but its what we wanted, we couldnt really afford the advance payment but couldnt be bothered to apply for help to fund it so my mum gave me the loan instead.
The whole DLA system is so easy to abuseand I dont think the new personal independance payments will fix the issue, too many people get away with abusing the system and either never get caught or get a slap on the wrist, while those that are truely on need but dont play or dont know how to play the system dont get what the need! I couldnt get top rate mobility for my son when I applied off my own back even tho my son was sicker than my friends children and couldnt walk at all unaided (amazingly when we last applied I asked our consultant to fill in the back and they gave top rate mobility without a blink!)
As for the blue badge, I do look at people and think why are you using a blue bagde, normally is a 20 or 30 sometimes 40 something woman that gets out the car and runs off into town, but because my son doesnt look disabled I am often on the recieving end of the looks and questioning, but my son is more in need of it than the average person because if you put him next to a road and told him to cross over he would not be able to see the cars coming and would just step out into the road leaving him at risk of being run over!