January 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm #68926
I was reading through some of the motor news on line, and i noticed an article about the new Rav4 Hybrid. I really like the look of this SUV but looking at the price point i cant see it getting onto the scheme, or if it does it will be the base models.
There are a couple of photos and some details about the various spec in the below link, worth a read i think.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe
January 17, 2019 at 9:43 pm #68935
I agree if Motability wants to keep up with the times they need to look at making the scheme greener which means more hybrids need to be introduced and thus the price cap needs to be raised. I would support a restructuring of the price cap which remained the same for petrol/diesel but allowed a higher cap for electric and hybrids this would be good for scheme users, the planet and hopefully give Motability some positive media publicity. I am against introducing higher APs for hybrids as I appreciate there are Motability users who could not raise the finance to meet this. I also feel the government has a part to play here as it it is all very well introducing legislation to remove petrol and diesel from the roads but Joe Public must have a reasonably priced alternative otherwise they are going to continue to run “dirty” engines.January 17, 2019 at 9:57 pm #68937
Well said BigB and welcome back, totally agree with everything you have written.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJanuary 17, 2019 at 10:13 pm #68939
I too am very interested in the Tonka Rav4, with a particular drive for the hybrid. It appears to deliver decent mpg, and of course looks totally bonkers …. but in a good way.
Bring it on motability.January 17, 2019 at 10:20 pm #68940
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJanuary 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm #68941
MaccaJanuary 18, 2019 at 7:08 am #68947
I looked at the RAV4 but they took it off the scheme, agree if it does come back only will probably just be the base model, as that is what they had on before.January 18, 2019 at 10:01 am #68951
Hi, what is the price cap and did it change from 2018 to 2019? ThanksJanuary 18, 2019 at 10:27 am #68952
Not sure what the price cap is , a couple of the cars I am looking at are around £36,000 to buy.
I haven’t seen any that are significantly more than that.January 18, 2019 at 12:43 pm #68962
That is one seriously ugly car, and £36k for Toyota.
You can get a decent German car for that money.January 18, 2019 at 12:51 pm #68964
Stewart, thankfully, beauty is on the eye of the beholder.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJanuary 18, 2019 at 1:03 pm #68968
German cars are often poorly rated for reliability Stewart. Check the facts not the preconceptions.January 18, 2019 at 1:55 pm #68977
Motability can only increase the AP if it’s vetoed by the Daily Mail because after all they think it’s tax payers money paying those AP’s. ?January 18, 2019 at 2:57 pm #68984
Stewart, I currently have a 2015 BMW 218d Gran Tourer, not on Motability after I was pip’d.
It has had the following
New pads front and rear after 24,000
New rear pads 12,000 miles later
New EGR valve
Numerous headlight bulbs
It’s currently waiting to go back into the garage for a whole new idrive system costing between £1500 and £3000
Today the battery decided to give me a discharge warning.
Thats what a German car gives you.
Luckily I took the extended warranty which will cover the idrive.January 18, 2019 at 3:28 pm #68988
They’ll have to increase the cap because if not, in a couple of years time, only small hatchbacks will be available. As for increasing the cap for hybrid and electric, I strongly disagree. Not all of us live in a place able to take advantage of that and I don’t see why we should be disadvantaged compared to people who can. Due to the substantial personal and company tax benefits available to company car users choosing hybrids, most are run as normal cars and the charging facility is never used.January 18, 2019 at 3:46 pm #68991
Littledave I’m not sure how lifting the cap for EV’s would disadvantage you so maybe you can explain a bit further.
I am happy for the cap to be removed completely, as allowing those who have the finances to pay for a more expensive car with a higher AP will ultimately put more money back into the scheme.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJanuary 18, 2019 at 4:24 pm #68993
I can’t find the current 2019 price cap details can anyone help?
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJanuary 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm #68994
There are self charging hybrids available therefore any one can drive a hybrid. I think you are thinking all hybrids are PHEVs which necessitate a power source to plug them into for charging.January 18, 2019 at 5:55 pm #68995
@brydo I don’t think the caps or restrictions changed in 2019 as far as I know it’s the same as the last time it changed, which was:
under £30500 if automatic or £29000 if manual
under 200 hp if petrol/diesel or under 225 hp if hybrid/electric
models over the price cap but under 35k can be considered if they have features that would help motability customers but the vehicle already has to be on Motability and under the existing price cap.January 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm #68997
I spoke to Motability this week, they confirmed no changes to the cap or max AP’s this year.January 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm #69006
Good to hear from you again fwipperieJanuary 19, 2019 at 10:55 am #69018
If that’s the case, and the Cap isn’t increased, I assume the choice on the scheme will reduce further.
The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson CrusoeJanuary 19, 2019 at 1:18 pm #69020
The cars you are thinking about are the Outlander PHEV’s. These have been subject to a £5000, the £2500 government grant which companies have taken advantage of. Please read newspaper headlines with an open mind and don’t believe everything in them.January 20, 2019 at 12:07 am #69026
I’ve had 11 BMW’s and I can happily report that I’ve had no problems with any of them, same with VW and Audi. My son has a Golf on the scheme and that runs like a dream.
I’ve also had other cars such as Ford, Vauxhall, Hyundai etc and can report that every single one of them gave me problems especially the Vauxhalls.January 20, 2019 at 6:12 pm #69036
I think like with anything we buy nowadays we can all get a “duffer” like the new mobile phone I just bought for 900 bucks that’s been faulty since day 3 and has been replaced… Twice now
I guess that’s the world we live in with Mass Production
But in general I tend to believe that the German cars are a class above in terms of quality, I would include Volvo in that category aswell
Everyone has their favourite brand, taste on looks, and opinion on style etc
But I’ll stick with Ze Germans
I too would like to see the cap abolished or at least doubled to what it is now
I could never afford an AP of over £5k but if PIP is not a means tested benefit then why not let those who can afford a much more expensive vehicle and AP have one?
Like Brydo says it putting more money into the scheme
When life hands you melons...,
Make melonade!January 21, 2019 at 7:53 am #69054
It’s impossible to pick a brand like that, saying german cars are the best is really hard as a lot of them are made in other countries by non germans, same as japanese, some of those are made in good old blighty!
It all depends on the law of sod!
Current car is german but made in Portugal and I’ve had loads of problems with it and it has a dozen rattles and bangs when driving, not the famed german build guality, the 2 previous french cars I had were impeccable, no problems and strange noises!
Just goes to show it’s all down to luck.