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12-17-2015 06:35 AM
melansonc I'm pretty much sure and also a bit that they'll add some solutions within the considerations.
They won't just cut off their possibility of promoting new cars
11-24-2011 11:10 AM

HiWell my new touran im getting is now not on the scheme as its over a 2k deposit and I dont want another ford (had 4 of em all broke down) and im not keen on vauxhall either so dont know what ill do in 3 years time (as I need a big boot for my chair and I like a quick diesel for motorways)but ill meet that bridge somehow in 3 years its not been thought through though.
11-23-2011 02:58 PM
maglil55 I knew that Motability helped with the WAV vehicles as they cost a fortune. As far as regular vehicles are concerned must admit I thought it was always a case of you pay your own AP. I certainly would not get a car with an AP unless I could afford to pay it and I save like mad to have my AP for each car.

Anyway, a very nice lady called me from Motability today. She confirmed that the 2,000 limit is only on the AP set by the manufacturer and Motability. If the customer wants to add factory extras to the vehicle on top of the AP and pay for them they have no objection so that can continue much the same as present.

So that at least is good news. The automatic drivers still have a restricted choice in comparison to the manuals but they are hopeful something will be worked out with the manufacturers.

11-22-2011 03:31 AM
kibby 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!
11-21-2011 11:25 AM
Richard G I would think that my previous note applies to this as well if having the extras make your life with diability easier to manage

11-21-2011 10:18 AM
maglil55 Has anyone asked Motability if you are still allowed to add factory options and pay for them yourself? e.g. if the Advance Payment is 1,500 can you choose to spend another 1,000 say on options and pay for them yourself as you can now? I was assuming the answer to this is "No" but perhaps I am reading the changes the wrong way.

This is what I did with the car I am awaiting. At the time ordered the AP for 1,300 (at least I think it was-it was certainly less than 2,000) but then I added factory options which were added to the original AP which takes me above 2,000. I don't mind paying a bit extra to get features that make my life easier and it seems daft if it is not allowed under the new rules as it is Motability that benefits from the higher spec.
11-21-2011 10:05 AM

HiI too am on the scheme, the cars havent disappeared Im told they just arent advertised and you have to ask the dealier for the advanced payment price least thats what the helpline told me, there insurance rules are stupid now too like having a 2nd driver 5 miles from your house too
11-21-2011 09:53 AM
Richard G
Originally Posted by maglil55
Time will tell Richard. A spokesman for Nissan seemed to hint that there may be more advance payment vehicles just under the 2,000 threshold. What concerns me is Motabiliy already get quite a discount from the manufacturers as they have a fair bit of clout will 600,000 vehicles on the road leased to customers so how much room is there still to manoeuvre?

What does bother me is there does not seem to have been any consultation even with the various disabled associations.

Just read the text from the news article at Motability which includes this

We will, of course, ensure that customers whose disability-related needs require a car above this level can be accommodated.

I would suggest that with discussion the 2,000 limit is adjustable but it is not automatically so. It perhaps needs contact with Motability direct to check

11-21-2011 09:20 AM
stanza Hi Big Budgie, I was just replying to your post when you said that you did not think luxury brands like Audi and Bmw should be on the scheme, in some cases a Kia might have a bigger advance payment than a so called premium car. My nephew has a 5 series and does over 30,000 miles a year even in winter[img]smileys/smiley2.gif[/img]
11-20-2011 09:47 PM
Big Budgie I know all about Airport terminals. Well Glasgow at least as I had to fly home to Shetland after my op. I had it on the Tuesday and went home on the Saturday! Shall I say that it wasn't the best experience I've ever had!
I know this is a Ford C-Max website, but the only reason I have a C-Max is because you can't get the C4 Picasso 2.0 HDi (Exactly the same engine) with anything other than an Auto 'box. Well, you actually can as from this year, but not a used one. I am actually a big fan of Citroens and even the most expensive Grand Picasso comes in at under 25K It's absolutely vast in the rear compared to a C-Max as well so plenty room for chairs, frames and all the other paraphernalia! They're actually very well screwed together and ride more smoothly than a C-Max but don't handle quite so well. Apart from the lack of a manual 2.0 Diesel, the other reasons I didn't buy the pic was the digital central instrument binacle which I grew to HATE on my Xsara Picasso, and an electric parking brake which has given a lot of trouble on pre 07 C-maxes. I don't know if Citroen have had any bother with it, but I just didn't like it. I also found the clutch pedal (on the 1.6 HDi) a bit high to operate comfortably due to my dodgy hip which is ironic! Just didn't fancy an auto. The Pic has a 5 star safety rating. have a look next time you're due a car. You may get a pleasant surprise!
In reply to Stanza, I don't rate Mercs and BMWs at all, as they are absolutely hopeless when it snows. I have a neighbour who has a 5 series which he uses in the summer. The other 364 days he uses a RAV4!
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