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February 5, 2020 at 11:43 am #105294JamesGParticipant
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James G - The Numbers Man
October 21, 2020 at 7:42 am #127599jamesg
mitch leave it with me get back to you tomorrow . The last bargain imho was the Volvo V-40 at £199 ap no longer on scheme.October 21, 2020 at 11:04 am #127612jamesg
mitch that did not take very long less cars than normal i could not find a bargain. But one that stood out was the Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Turbo Elite nav Auto Ap £3749 ! They must be having a laugh?October 21, 2020 at 3:42 pm #127639BigDaveParticipant
mitch that did not take very long less cars than normal i could not find a bargain. But one that stood out was the Vauxhall Astra 1.4 Turbo Elite nav Auto Ap £3749 ! They must be having a laugh?
James, as you probably know, prior to the takeover of GM Europe (including Vauxhall), the Vauxhall Astra automatic used to be a cheap ‘staple’ on the Motability scheme and sold by the bucket-load for many years.
The cynic in me thinks the new owners, PSA, are deliberately over-pricing Vauxhall vehicles in an attempt to move sales to their more ‘French’ badged/produced vehicles.
PSA can then claim that Vauxhall are no longer selling as many vehicles, so it is becoming un-economic to continue having plants in the UK.
In other words – a prelude to the closure of Vauxhall in the UK.
Or am I just being a tadge too cynical?October 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm #127640TheSUVGuy
BigDave I agree with all of that and I like the way you thinkOctober 21, 2020 at 4:03 pm #127641jamesg
No BigDave i agree with you wholeheartedly .October 21, 2020 at 5:17 pm #127651Tharg
@mitch Well, given that a “bargain” is in the eye (or wallet) of the beholder, I did a selective search on the scheme for APs of 0-250 quid. Dunno if they’re bargains but there are some Golfs and Leons for 250 or less. There’s at least one Octavia (so long as you don’t want a quick engine) and, surprisingly, there are some quite adequate Minis. Stretch the upper figure to £500 and you can get a 2.0L Cooper S auto. Other end of scale (if you can manage a manual box), zero AP will get you a 1.5 Cooper. OK, they come without all the knobs and bells and whistles, but still seem some value for the dosh.October 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm #127656mitchParticipant
ah but tharg at least mini’s do come with knobs and buttons lol.
i cant be doing with all that touchy feely screen nonesense.
i have been quite impressed with some of skoda’s offerings (bring back the yeti), my brother in law had a succession of them as company cars, a yeti, a octavia and last time a superb. he raved about them.
£3749 for an astra that must be a misprint.October 21, 2020 at 6:40 pm #127668Tharg
Mitch – agree re the touchy screen. Try to avoid the Mini one myself. Gods know what the Golf one is like. Others here say it’s impossible, even dangerous, and won’t take voice inputs (Mini is the same, tried talking to her but, like most ladies, she just ignores me).
Agree about Skoda. Had two Superbs, one Dieselgate model, one 2.0L petrol with 230ish bhps. V quick and V comfy. Scheme’s Supe’s today are woefully underpowered. Hence the Cooper S – only thing to match their performance.October 21, 2020 at 7:27 pm #127670mitchParticipant
my countryman has the voice input thingy for the satnav i havent even looked at it i just spin the dial much more satisfying. the rest of the stuff i ignore unless something goes wrong. my music i have on a usb and i use the satnav thats it. my phone gets switched off when i get in the car so unless i want to listen to test match special the rest doesnt get used lol.October 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm #127675jamesg
Yes there are cars on scheme that are value for money i like the Mini Cooper S. I did the search only looking at auto,s as that what i require now . The 0- 250 not that many auto,s but i would be able to get a car that would get me from a to b . Some people struggle to afford cars in even the lowest range .Some of the cars that are value for money are at the high Ap range but i still have not found a BARGAIN ! But if anybody knows of one please let every on the Forum know. BigDave i did not take into consideration the money of Aps that you and other posters find thank,s for that. I picked up my Audi A1 S Line Special Style Edition S Tronic on the 18/o6/2020 Have done only 420 miles so far thank,s to this bloody COVID.October 22, 2020 at 6:42 am #127692jamesg
22/10/2020 cars on scheme 1637 Audi 12 off model Q2.October 22, 2020 at 9:29 am #127702Landyman
James, the Audi Q2 stayed on the list longer than I expected.October 22, 2020 at 9:31 am #127703Tharg
Mitch – can’t get my voice thingey to work at all. Don’t use radio or music thing or satnav and I don’t have a mobile so it’s not really vital. However, would like to tell it to close message on touch screen which comes on to tell me that I’ve turned off (or on?) Traction Control. Think I’ll probably turn off the centre screen altogether. Simpler and safer.
James – give it a week and there will be no Audis left on scheme. Shame, seem like decent motors. How’s your by the way? I know 400ish miles isn’t really enough to tell but does it go as well as I suspect it might?October 22, 2020 at 9:43 am #127707wmcforumWhich Mobility Car
Lets hope the facelift Q2 comes back on quicker than the new A3. It’s a top seller for Motability, especially for under 25’s.October 22, 2020 at 5:52 pm #127755John
According to Motability the A3 isn’t coming backOctober 22, 2020 at 6:24 pm #127757Lord Muc
James, looking for a bargain are you including the GCB, and any discount you can get.October 22, 2020 at 8:52 pm #127765jamesg
Think AUDI might be tight with there discounts to motability ?October 22, 2020 at 9:09 pm #127766jamesg
Lord Muc hi how would you include your GCB getting £ 600 pounds from motability and spending it on a car does not or would not in my opinion count as a bargain but discount that is another story. What bargain have you spotted ?October 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm #127767jamesg
Tharg yes it goes well i am not spinning wheels at junctions any more in auto but i drive it in Dynamic mode most of time but do need more miles on clock not me but the car. It looks good in the garden with the bronze Wheels lol.October 22, 2020 at 9:47 pm #127768Tharg
Good to hear, James. With that amount of bhps up front there’s going to be some scrabbling. Spinning fronts was about the only fault I could say my Superb had. The Mini, however, just refuses to scrabble, despite its light weight and bhps. It’s only a “software” LSD but it works brilliantly. I’ve now got about 1,400 miles on clock and things are easing a bit. Suspension is easier in both hard and soft settings and the engine spins more smoothly.October 22, 2020 at 10:30 pm #127772jamesg
Hi landyman there is some good Q2s left on if or when they come off i do not know.October 22, 2020 at 10:37 pm #127773jamesg
Audi last year had 90 odd cars on scheme. Will they get to that figure again ?October 23, 2020 at 12:14 am #127778John
I doubt it Jamesg but what’s your opinion mate?October 23, 2020 at 5:45 am #127781jamesg
John hi no I do not think that Audi will even get to 45 cars on in the future A1 Q2 A3 all with smaller engines no A4 no Quattro !October 23, 2020 at 7:01 am #127782jamesg
23/10/2020 cars on scheme 1643 Honda 8 on model Civic //// Vauxhall 2 off model Grandland X