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:?: What Motability car do you have and how do you find it :?:


We have the Vauxhall Zafira 1.4 SRi in Mocca Brown.

As a 7 seater there is plenty of room for Vhon's wheelchair. As our 3rd motability car I would have to give it a 7/10 but its not a patch on the Nissan Qashqai we had last time. I wish I had stuck with that although unfortunately Nissan have reduced the floor space in the back of the new on.
We have a Renault Master - it is a big monster of a van but we need it to take my son in his powered wheelchair and his ventilator, spare ventilator, eating ventilator, back up battery, my mobility scooter and rollator and the weekly shopping. Its the whopping 7 grand non returnable deposit that we had to pay for this one and the same amount of non returnable deposit for the last one that I hate. Those with the most severe disabilities have to pay the most for their vehicles!

Eun
Thanks for the reply. As you rightly say Eun: Those with the worst disabilities are always hardest hit financially. I suppose in this instance we can only relate to the fact that Motability is a charity and as such its funds are limited but with a growing subscriber base which will inevitably continue to do so as better medicines promote longer lives. One could say that it is almost a "victim of its own success". I think that most would agree that it does a phenomenal job. However that doesn't soften the blow of a £7k non refundable deposit especially when it has to be repeated after a few years. Stay positive my friend.
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motability probably the best charity ever except the wages paid to the ceo`s anywho we had a ford mondeo titanium x 2ltr but as I had trouble with my hip needed an automatic was happy to wait the 20 months to renew but when I had a telephone chat re going overseas ,,,,again,, I mentioned this within weeks we had been allowed to change the car for a ford c max 2ltr titanium x automatic....but after just 10 months we bought a new electric scooter and had trouble getting it in the c max motability contacted me for a telephone questionnaire this resulted changing the car immediately for a VW golf 2ltr estate automatic have had the VW for just 8 months and after 4 trips to Belgium the mileage is 18-000 but motability may , due to the VW defeat emissions con may allow customers to change early or be given compensation ....the VW is a great car returns 55 mpg plenty of room next car something massive ... not one war disabled pensioner has had to give up their motability car due to loss of benefits I wonder why ....

motability is a charity but in reality it does not really need donations the cars are funded by the disabled persons benefits as you know, my mother as a war disabled pensioners gives up about £260 per month/ plus the tax from new cars is waived by the government ...they actually don't have a growing subscriber base in fact the opposite is true as more disabled people come off benefits some 250-000 cars have been lost since 2010 also thousands of motability customers lose their car if hospitalised for more then 28 days ..thanks to iain Duncan smith ...
We have now been allowed to cancel our contract after just 12 months as I need an automatic due to my worsening knee problem. I have just ordered a Toyota Verso Auto. It has a huge boot space which will be ideal for the mob scooter, wheel chair etc and has a high swab passenger seat which Vhon needs for getting in and out. Its a bit painful having to pay the £749 upfront fee but worth it in the long run to be able to drive without the pain of using a clutch.
Hello
I'm sitting pondering my somewhat shattered recent lifestyle due to Mum's hospitalisation and events associated with it and spotted this thread.
I am disabled due to have Rheumatoid Arthritis/Fibromyalgia together with their associated health issues, a deviation in a heart ventricle, under active Thyroid and also I am a Cancer patient (ok - life certainly throws us some jokers in the pack health wise but hey ho we struggle on)
As a result I have DLA
When I first started crashing gears due to the arthritis and my son pointed out Mum that's the 5th time you've done that and I realised things weren't right and I needed to change my car to automatic- I was told go to Motability it is stress free motoring - they just take the DLA you will get and you just put fuel in the car!
I sold my own fully paid for lovely car and trotted to a Motability Dealer
I ended up with a Ford Mondeo Titaneum Estate (because I needed automatic and needed a big car for dog and wheelchair etc - plus at the time I was working and had kit to go with my work)
I handed over the up front money - at the time because I was so upset with my diagnosis I didn't realise that in 3 years I would hand the car back but not get a penny and have to start all over again
The car told me it needed a 3rd service (computer thing) - so I phoned Motability
The person said no I couldn't have a 3rd service - I said firmly the car said it needed one so the person had to go and ask a Supervisor who gave permission.
Car was booked in, I took it along at 8 am in the morning. Was told to go for a walk round the nearby shopping centre (a good 10 minute walk - I can't walk that far)
I chose to go and read my library book and have a cup of coffee in waiting area
I got worried when people at nearby table started moaning they had been waiting over 30 minutes for someone to give a quote for a job on an engine part
Then the Receptionist came over, shouted at me that Motability had declined permission for the service! Then she marched me over to the desk and switched the computer screen round telling me it was in black and white
I just asked for the car keys, drove home and phoned Motability - they changed the "managing garage" and got service organised
Then I was medically retired which was a blow
What a performance because my life changed when my son started working so isn't around anymore and I realised I need a 4 x 4 because I would have nobody around to help dig or push me out when it snowed and the car slipped on ice ( I am a widow, we live down a muddy farm track, down a minor country lane which doesn't get snow ploughed until everything else has been ploughed )
I couldn't have one with Motability leasing, I couldn't buy one with Motability I was told because my daughter was named 2nd driver and the man told me they wouldn't insure her to drive 4 x 4 (even though if you buy a car through their finances it is you who is responsible for insurances)
Then I had the brainwave.............why not use the DLA to actually buy a car using ordinary car finances?
That way after 3, 4 or 5 years the car is paid for, and it is your car
Ok you have to put on tyres, service it and MOT if you keep it long enough
But in my view it is far better to have control of your own car, and your own choice of car to suit you.
Plus once you have invested money in the car - provided you look after it - when you exchange it you get a bit of money back.
Now I have a Volvo XC60 - a brilliant automatic dual purpose car with masses of boot space
Only problem I have with it is that it has developed a fault which apparently is something they are prone to doing but I will get that dealt with.
It is wonderfully comfortable and easy to drive although maybe some might say a bit greedy on fuel but to me it suits me and "fits me" being the right height for me to slide in and out rather then have to bend down and struggle with my hips and knees.
I found Motability to be the worse domino move I ever made car wise because before then I had always fully owned my own cars and going to Motability actually caused me stress and worry over the servicing issue and then trying to get funding for a car which would suit me when the time came to change after 3 years.
I understand that there are lots of people who have far greater disability needs than me and their vehicles must be very specially kitted out for them, however that costs a lot of money which, when the time comes to change, I don't think you get any back.
If I was anybody thinking about Motability - I would certainly consider doing a lot of thinking and sizing up alternative ways of getting a suitable vehicle.
Take care driving x
Hi I'm new to this as I've just joined! Just wanted to ask millie you mentioned that you use your dla to finance a car so in the end it's yours? So does that mean rather than paying about £200-£250 (which is taken out of your dla benfit) per month,you recieve full dla and pay for a car on finance out of that? Sorry for silly question! It sounds like a good idea. My mom has a car through motability and about 250 roughly is given up to pay for the car but like you said that after 3 years although we can change it we have to pay another deposit which we have done twice now. Thanks in advance for any advise. Claire
Milly_150812 wrote:Hello
I'm sitting pondering my somewhat shattered recent lifestyle due to Mum's hospitalisation and events associated with it and spotted this thread.
I am disabled due to have Rheumatoid Arthritis/Fibromyalgia together with their associated health issues, a deviation in a heart ventricle, under active Thyroid and also I am a Cancer patient (ok - life certainly throws us some jokers in the pack health wise but hey ho we struggle on)
As a result I have DLA
When I first started crashing gears due to the arthritis and my son pointed out Mum that's the 5th time you've done that and I realised things weren't right and I needed to change my car to automatic- I was told go to Motability it is stress free motoring - they just take the DLA you will get and you just put fuel in the car!
I sold my own fully paid for lovely car and trotted to a Motability Dealer
I ended up with a Ford Mondeo Titaneum Estate (because I needed automatic and needed a big car for dog and wheelchair etc - plus at the time I was working and had kit to go with my work)
I handed over the up front money - at the time because I was so upset with my diagnosis I didn't realise that in 3 years I would hand the car back but not get a penny and have to start all over again
The car told me it needed a 3rd service (computer thing) - so I phoned Motability
The person said no I couldn't have a 3rd service - I said firmly the car said it needed one so the person had to go and ask a Supervisor who gave permission.
Car was booked in, I took it along at 8 am in the morning. Was told to go for a walk round the nearby shopping centre (a good 10 minute walk - I can't walk that far)
I chose to go and read my library book and have a cup of coffee in waiting area
I got worried when people at nearby table started moaning they had been waiting over 30 minutes for someone to give a quote for a job on an engine part
Then the Receptionist came over, shouted at me that Motability had declined permission for the service! Then she marched me over to the desk and switched the computer screen round telling me it was in black and white
I just asked for the car keys, drove home and phoned Motability - they changed the "managing garage" and got service organised
Then I was medically retired which was a blow
What a performance because my life changed when my son started working so isn't around anymore and I realised I need a 4 x 4 because I would have nobody around to help dig or push me out when it snowed and the car slipped on ice ( I am a widow, we live down a muddy farm track, down a minor country lane which doesn't get snow ploughed until everything else has been ploughed )
I couldn't have one with Motability leasing, I couldn't buy one with Motability I was told because my daughter was named 2nd driver and the man told me they wouldn't insure her to drive 4 x 4 (even though if you buy a car through their finances it is you who is responsible for insurances)
Then I had the brainwave.............why not use the DLA to actually buy a car using ordinary car finances?
That way after 3, 4 or 5 years the car is paid for, and it is your car
Ok you have to put on tyres, service it and MOT if you keep it long enough
But in my view it is far better to have control of your own car, and your own choice of car to suit you.
Plus once you have invested money in the car - provided you look after it - when you exchange it you get a bit of money back.
Now I have a Volvo XC60 - a brilliant automatic dual purpose car with masses of boot space
Only problem I have with it is that it has developed a fault which apparently is something they are prone to doing but I will get that dealt with.
It is wonderfully comfortable and easy to drive although maybe some might say a bit greedy on fuel but to me it suits me and "fits me" being the right height for me to slide in and out rather then have to bend down and struggle with my hips and knees.
I found Motability to be the worse domino move I ever made car wise because before then I had always fully owned my own cars and going to Motability actually caused me stress and worry over the servicing issue and then trying to get funding for a car which would suit me when the time came to change after 3 years.
I understand that there are lots of people who have far greater disability needs than me and their vehicles must be very specially kitted out for them, however that costs a lot of money which, when the time comes to change, I don't think you get any back.
If I was anybody thinking about Motability - I would certainly consider doing a lot of thinking and sizing up alternative ways of getting a suitable vehicle.
Take care driving x
Hello
With Motability you do not see your DLA
You sign a document to hand over the DLA which for example when you sign for the car your DLA is £250 a month
Every year you get an increase in DLA - in our example say another £10 making your DLA in the next year £250 but you do not see the increase because Motability just soak it up as part of the contract for the car.
It took me a lot of persuading with car dealers to get them to understand I wanted to buy a car using the DLA (plus of course I had to hand over a deposit)
All the time I pay the same original DLA monthly payment price - in our example £250
When the DLA payment increased - the amount I paid to the car dealer's finance company stayed at £250 and as a result I had the £10 DLA in my bank acount to perhaps go to fuel for a week.
I don't have to pay Car Tax as I am registered disabled and have my DLA - I think I filled a DVLA form in for this
As I said I still have to service the car, pay for tyres when needed
However, in 2/3 years time the car I am handing over my DLA to pay for to a car dealers finance company - will be mine and if it is still in good condition with relatively low mileage I can either keep it for a while longer and save the DLA payments or trade it in for a newer one.
I just think Motability is a profitable fiance operation plus they buy cars at very low prices and in return after 3 years they have a very low mileage well looked after car to resell.
They have disabled people over a barrel if they require extras because the disabled person has to pay for the extras but don't get that payment back when they have to hand the car back
So they start all over again.
If you buy a breakdown cover plan which includes repairs - then over a period of time if you need it you should be covered for repairs.
Sorry to sound as if I'm knocking Motability - for some people it is the answer to their prayers but for me I saw it as something which caused me a whole lot of stress and worry plus I lost a lot of money paying for a car which suited me and my needs.
Enjoy your day x
Tony M our upfront fee for our current vehicle was £7,000 which was the same as our last one so £749 sounds pretty good to me! We have a very large Renault Master with a tailgate lift as it has to take son seated in his powered wheelchair and also my mobility scooter although we are thinking of buying a folding electric wheelchair for me (if we can find one that fits in the van)


Eun