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Motability car advance payment rises

Redeemed
Redeemed Member Posts: 40 Courageous
Okay so I haven't had a car since 2019 when I was robbed moved onto PIP and only got the lower rate back via telephone appeal.
My condition however is deteriorating such that I feel I would be eligible for a car when next reviewed. Out of curiosity I looked at the latest models available and unless you want an electric/hybrid go-kart then you are looking at £1k plus for stuff they were giving away not so long ago.
With Motability reserves sitting in the billions, what excuse can they have for people having to find £1500 plus for a car?

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,571 Disability Gamechanger
    Although there are a lot of cars that have an advance payment, there are also an awful lot that don't have an advance payment. Of course if the car you're looking at is a high spec then it's natural the AP will be more. Same for automatics, the AP is always more for these than it is for manuals.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,054 Disability Gamechanger
    @Redeemed not sure why you describe hybrid or electric cars as go carts? the thing with motability is that all you need to do is put fuel in them, so the cheaper that fuel is the better surely?
    Be kind to newer members
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,721 Disability Gamechanger
    New car prices in general have gone up recently due to parts shortages, Brexit, Covid, etc.

    However I agree the advance payments for even standard cars are ridiculous now.  An auto diesel Golf is £3500 AP!  :o  

    The selection on Motability is pretty poor currently as well.  Though it is a slight improvement over Q3 this time.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,571 Disability Gamechanger
    The selection on auto's is a lot less than it usually is and even worse if you're under 25. Better selection on the manuals.
  • Redeemed
    Redeemed Member Posts: 40 Courageous
    @woodbine the free cars are all small little things, their powertrain is irrelevant except that they are almost ALL electric.
    I'm 6'3" and 19 stone, so firstly I couldn't get in one due to joint issues nor could I drive it safely due to my size - hence a go kart.
    Also I am not convinced as to the affordability in fuelling pure electric as opposed to pure petrol/diesel.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,054 Disability Gamechanger
    The one thing driving (no pun intended) up the price of new cars is the shortage of micro-chips, in fact recently we have produced fewer new cars than at anytime since the 1950's, this in turn has pushed up the price of pre-owned cars, it's nothing to do with brexit (some might say thats a shame) as it's a world-wide shortage.
    Be kind to newer members
  • Auldyin
    Auldyin Member Posts: 9 Listener
    edited October 2021
    How do I purchase an electric car when I live in a terraced house.the cable would be a hazard to anyone walking bye especially at night in the dark when charging is cheaper?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,571 Disability Gamechanger
    Auldyin said:
    How do I purchase an electric car when I live in a terraced house.the cable would be a hazard to anyone walking bye especially at night in the dark when charging is cheaper?
    You wouldn’t be able to charge it that way but there are other ways of charging it. Fast chargers are one of the ways. 
  • Auldyin
    Auldyin Member Posts: 9 Listener
    How do I find one.
  • Auldyin
    Auldyin Member Posts: 9 Listener
    edited October 2021
    Vauxhall are doing the electric mokka on good deals, I have a Mercedes GLA 180 with under 12,000 on the clock and thought about keeping for another year but noticed Petrol in Glasgow has reached £1.46 a litre today diesel £1.49 .Ripping off all drivers. Brexit was supposed to be good for us . This rise is before the gov shaft us in the budget. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,571 Disability Gamechanger
  • Auldyin
    Auldyin Member Posts: 9 Listener
    cheers pal, appreciate your help.xx
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,721 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2021
    woodbine said:
    The one thing driving (no pun intended) up the price of new cars is the shortage of micro-chips, in fact recently we have produced fewer new cars than at anytime since the 1950's, this in turn has pushed up the price of pre-owned cars, it's nothing to do with brexit (some might say thats a shame) as it's a world-wide shortage.
    That's only one of the current shortages...there are also shortages with rubber, magnesium and aluminium.  Plus the haulage issues of course.  And limited staff in factories due to Covid.

    However, Brexit has increased the cost of some new cars considerably due to tariffs that manufacturers didn't have to pay before.  You're looking at over £1000 extra on some Ford Fiesta's for example, purely due to Brexit.

    As always, there are multiple issues at play here.
  • bekindalways
    bekindalways Member Posts: 130 Courageous
    @redeemed I got a petrol 1.2 crossland automatic with no advanced payment. Obviously if you're wanting higher specs, then I stands to reason that an advanced payment would be required? My first car last year was stuck in Spain from Feb 2nd, due to covid. I still didn't have it by July and the dealer managed to get me the same but a different colour in black from Wales....lol  I'm in Scotland. My next one however, will be a larger car because my dog is a humongous yet spindly thing and doesn't have much room in the back so an estate is the best option for my next. If I've got to pay more then I'd be happy to do it because it's needed. As for now, I'm just over the moon that I am able to have a reliable car on mobility to get to my appts etc. 

    Maybe I'm just getting old, as cars with high specs just don't do it for me anymore....lol and I've had a fair few in my younger years... good luck though and hope you find the car you need. Stay safe. X

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