Test drives before ordering

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    MJ
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    I’m considering the Nissan Ariya for my next lease but my nearest Nissan dealer hasn’t any idea when he will have one in the showroom, so no chance of looking at one never mind test driving one.

    As I understand it motability will only let you order a car if you have looked and test drove the car you are interested in. Anybody know if that’s correct?

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    tinytim
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    In the Currant climate i think you will either have to find a model in that range as even when things were normal it was sometimes hard to get an automatic and if you use hand controls that means there is no hope in getting a test drive you have to be a passenger in a car o your choice.I have said to motability many times the question you have asked and they have no answer.

     

    tim

    #189256 Reply
    Westdev
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    Don’t believe so. They want to be satisfied that the car meets your needs, but no specific requirement of a test drive. I ordered my current (and first) mobility car without a test drive, and have seen comments on here where people have ordered in advance of cars getting into showrooms.

    #189257 Reply
    ChrisK
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    I’m currently waiting for my fifth Motability car and have never test driven any of them.

     

    I’ve asked Motability how are disabled drivers supposed to test drive cars when the cars need adaptions to be driven and stony silence is the answer I get.

    It really is a different world Motability live in from the ones some of us live in.

    Only comfort I get these days is forums like this one and YouTube with the latter requiring hours and hours of boring viewing.

    Makes me wonder just how far down the road ordinary folk will go buying cars unseen and untested online as that seems to be the latest trend but like Motability customers, no requirment to be seen or test driven.

    #189258 Reply
    WardyGTC
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    I’ve never test driven any of my MB cars. Accessibility and comfort have always been top priorities with driving experience being pretty benign on most modern cars.

    Obviously everyone will have their own opinion on the importance of a test drive but my 2p worth.

    If I seem a little strange, that's because I am.

    Mercedes Benz B180 Premium Plus.

    #189259 Reply
    tinytim
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    It is really funny that even the Grants team say have you had a test drive and i think the dealer has questions that ask the same and i am not sure if they say yes or no i am lucky that my new order is the same car except it is slightly more bhp.

    tim

    #189262 Reply
    Elliot
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    Someone on here a short while ago claimed the Ariya will be coming off the list very shortly.

    #189265 Reply
    rox
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    I’ve always had a test drive on every car I’ve had on the scheme often back to back if there’s more than one option on my final shortlist, that ticks all the boxes i need.

    My 1st car on the scheme I remember well, had a test drive in the nissian Qashqai and then in the citroen c3 straight afterwards as the ap was £0 and fuel consumption was better.

    Hadn’t even got out of the dealers before i was Thinking i don’t want it, as it drove horrible compared to the qq and the handbrake was so low on the floor it aggravated my back. So if you are able to do so i would highly recommend having a test drive. I do get what some are saying that they cannot physically test drive a car without adaptions but if you can then worth travelling to another dealer that can offer a test drive.

    Often the car you can test drive is not the spec you maybe ordering but often you can sit in and check seats etc in one, somewhere, even after ordering if it’s a new model like the Ariya you could cancel the order if it didn’t work for you.

    Few weeks ago I left the scheme and bought a new car the auto i drove on test drive was a 2019 that they had for sale didn’t have all the tech the newer model has and was a 1.0l not a 1.4l but the auto box and trim was the same. Personally i just cannot justify such high ap’s to lease a car, amongst a few other reason as it’s right for me and thats the biggest thing.

    Whatever you decide make sure it’s right for you or you maybe, may have to order another car and wait again and pay a termination fee or keep a car your not really happy with.

    That’s why you have to agree when ordring the car is suitable for you and if i guess it happens too many times then they won’t allow you to change the car before the 3 years is up.

    I paided £50 termination fee as I’ve had 4 cars on the scheme and is the 1st time i have cancelled early.  Plus with many current long wait times for cars, that wasn’t really an option for us right now as the current car we had just was not suitable anymore.

     

    #189270 Reply
    MJ
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    Someone on here a short while ago claimed the Ariya will be coming off the list very shortly.

    Thats why I plan to order before Q3, just in case Nissan take it off or the AP goes up.

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    wmcforum
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    Someone on here a short while ago claimed the Ariya will be coming off the list very shortly.

    I heard they were quoting 18 months for delivery.

    #189274 Reply
    Elliot
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    Someone on here a short while ago claimed the Ariya will be coming off the list very shortly.

    I heard they were quoting 18 months for delivery.

    If that’s the case then it will definitely come off the scheme.

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