MattOsprey

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  • in reply to: Motability new funding #80452
    MattOsprey
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    I should point out that this is up to o the cost difference of auto over manual and I would check any entitlement for cars such as the i3 that only come in auto. I’m not sure but they may not give anything for these cars.

    in reply to: Motability new funding #80450
    MattOsprey
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    Just as a reminder to any recipients of War pension, that you may be entitled to a grant of about £900 for an automatic car. It isn’t means tested and gets applied automatically on your next car. This is if your car has an ap. it can reduce your ap to £0 but not any more. So if the ap for your auto is £550 then that’s what you get.

    in reply to: Wow! the Chinese are coming! #79782
    MattOsprey
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    If this is sold in the UK I think it would make the scheme and be very successful.

    I would take them seriously as the Chinese are trying to infiltrate their brands across the world.

    MattOsprey
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    Welcome T.J.

    It’s nice to see some friendly banter on the forum. I think it helps when there are differing opinions, and T.J. Has given his. I agree with some points, like having premium cars would cause a them and us on the scheme and the advantages might be much more financially based than a mix of finance and health that is more normal for us on here.

    I also feel that the motor industry should see more of the benefits that Motability users provide to the car market and especially the second hand market. The scheme also allows brands to establish cars that may not be chosen as first choice buys by the general public. People on the scheme may choose colours that others buying wouldn’t as it’s returned after 3 years and we don’t have to worry about residual value. Cars seen as odd shapes become seen on the road because wheelchair users are more independent because of the scheme. I personally look at the Jeep brand and think that without Motability there would be very few on the road, but the second hand ones sold after Motability use are snapped up because people are used to the funky shape. I think it’s great, but we need to see some of the huge profits being used to help bring EV’s on to the scheme. This is obviously happening as we took an i3 for a test drive last week and are still seriously considering it. The issue is that they aren’t quite big enough yet. I do believe though, that with time, cars like the Tesla might find a way on to he scheme. It just depends on how serious our government wants to take renewable energy.

    in reply to: BMW I-3 ON SCHEME NOW #78575
    MattOsprey
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    This looks like I have a replacement for my X60 at last. Do you think they will fit the BMW i Wallbox connect to houses without fast chargers? I wouldn’t want to rely on a plug socket all the time, in case of emergencies or forgetfulness.

    Thanks for any info and thanks inparticular to Brydo and others who have helped mve this issue forward. It doesn’t go un-noticed and is appreciated by most here. We are aware that there are some here who fight more than others on our behalf. Cheers!

    in reply to: Q2 Pricing – 1st April 2019 #74031
    MattOsprey
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    I liked the Seat Tarraco and the price was good until I noticed yet again there are no automatics available!

    That’s another potential car gone.

    Gutted.

    in reply to: VW Tiguan Allspace Auto NOT AVAILABLE #68543
    MattOsprey
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    VW customer services keep contacting me and apologising. I have repeatedly asked them to find out why this happened.

    Apparently it was an issue starting from trying to get the Allspace on the scheme earlier in Q3 when there was some availability. When they were allowed to put it on, no one realised that there was no more stock.

    I find this quite poor indeed but I also believe in human error. I am still not happy about travelling to test drive an unavailable car but am glad that my efforts have made them remove it from the scheme and stopping others from being messed around.

    I did get the impression that the new model will come on the scheme when it becomes available.

    Matthew

    MattOsprey
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    I think this money should be sued to fund a competitor to Motability. I know that sounds crazy on the face of it, but it’s what BT had to do to get away from monopoly status. I also believe that Formula 1 give extra funding to new entrants.

    We need a competitive market and the tax free incentives given to Motability should be given directly to the consumer also. It seems absurd that an organisation can get tax free vehicles on our behalf, yet we the actual consumer can’t.

    If another 2 companies competed for our business on similar terms, I would imagine that APs would reduce and the automatic debacle wouldn’t exist.

    In summary, I want the £400m spent to improve the lives of future disabled persons who require a vehicle. Unfortunately being non profit doesn’t always mean you see the bigger picture and put the clients first.

    in reply to: Terminating 2 week old lease and what is reasonable? #57981
    MattOsprey
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    As you signed before seeing and the dealer was aware that you had no way f knowing the difference in the boot size, I would argue that the vehicle was not fit for purpose under the sale of goods act.

    Again, that would s jst my opinion, but I think your credit card company and Motability would agree.

    Matt

    in reply to: Terminating 2 week old lease and what is reasonable? #57900
    MattOsprey
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    I think the situation you are in is an absolute nightmare, not caused by yourself.

    I believe you should be put back into the position you were in before you had the relationship with the dealer. Therefore you should have your money returned and be allowed to look as if you were a new customer. If you paid for your extras or AP by credit card, you may be covered by your credit card. You were incorrectly sold this vehicle. You had no way of knowing that the dimensions would be smaller. This should mean that the car wasn’t fit for purpose. I would imagine that the garage and Motability should be able to sort this without going through your credit card provider.

    I hope your luck changes and you find a suitable stock vehicle.

    Matt

    in reply to: Lease Extension #57847
    MattOsprey
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    As you t was explained to me, I could end the contract at any time and would get the bonus that I was entitled to at the point of handing the car back. So although I have extended to 5 years, should I order and receive a car before the 4 year point I will still receive the £250. And if I pass the 4 year point then I would get the £400.and then £450 if I made it to the 5 year point. I wasn’t told of any reason for not getting the money apart from not being in good condition.

    I am not stating this as fact, but just repeating what Motability told me.

    Thanks.

    Matt

    in reply to: 3008 v Karoq #57833
    MattOsprey
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    Hi JS.

    The milage is about 29,000. So not low, but not high either. I did think it might be too high to be considered but there didn’t seem to be any concern at all.

    Matt

    in reply to: 3008 v Karoq #57682
    MattOsprey
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    Thanks to all of you for your great responses.

    I have decided that  I would like to wait for a better spec and lower AP Kodiaq. I think they will come in line with the 5008 by q2 2019 latest as they are main competitors. I think they may have not done so as of yet due to the change of European standards causing delays. I think they would have struggled even more with greater demand. However I feel that once this blip is over then the Skoda will be much more competitive.

    I spoke to Matthew in Motability who couldn’t have been any more understanding about the situation. I have extended for 2 years and can order a new car and return this anytime in that period.

    Also if I keep the car until the 4 year point, the “Good condition bonus” is £400 and if I make it to the 5 year point then it is £450.

    The phone call to Motability to sort all this out took just short of 10 minutes and that included a lot of chatting. Very easy indeed, should you wish to consider lease extension as an option.

    Thanks again.

    Matt

    in reply to: 3008 v Karoq #57625
    MattOsprey
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    Thanks guys.

    The Kodiaq was the car I wanted but the lack of a high end diesel and the huge AP for Auto and diesel, really is putting me off. I was surprised that the Peugeot 5008 7 seater dropped substantially this Q and that the Skoda’s all went up marginally. This is why I ended up looking at the smaller vehicles.

    If Motability would allow me to extend to see if the diesel SEL is added then that would be great, or even a longer period extension would be okay.

    I didn’t think I could get an extension unless the vehicle had done minimal milage. Am I wrong?

    Thanks.

    Matt

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