Hi @kaz7762.....Do you qualify for the mobility component of PIP? If so then there's a reasonable choice of automatics available on the Motability scheme some of which have surprisingly low advance payments. Motability embraces road tax, insurance RAC membership, plus all maintenance. All you have to do is put fuel into it. With my leg problems I need an automatic and couldn't now consider a manual gearbox.
Several car dealers also offer their particular type of contract hire deals so it may be beneficial if you do a bit of googling to see what's on offer in your area.