Thank you very much for your replies. As I have received no reply from Motability, or the dealers who act for them, I decided to give up the ghost so far as a hire car is concerned and will buy a used vehicle. It is clear that Motability et al do not want to know.

Over forty years with a clean licence (0 points) and no claims against me. Never involved in an accident and drove over a million miles.

I will not post here again under this subject.

Take care all.