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  • in reply to: Which cars are under discussed on the Forum? #173873
    Rene
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    Okay, my bad then – didn’t notice those two VRS.

    Still don’t think the Kodiaq VRS would make it to the scheme, but i now know that it’s not as impossible as i made it out to be.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Motability Have Given Me £1.5k+ #173843
    Rene
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    We get bi-weekly updates from our saleslady, so far quite impressed with the service and courtesy. We didn’t go to our closest VW dealer (the guy we met there for our ID3 test drive became kinda douchy when we mentioned that it’s gonna be a Mota car – so we took our business elsewhere), already have confirmation for courtesy cars when necessary, on top they’ll mount our dashcam for us (in the Golf, as well as the ID3 i’d assume, the rear hatch trim has to come off if you want to mount a rear camera and hide the wire, has to go through a watertight grommet). They even offered hard wiring, but we stick with the 12V in the boot.

    Yeah, having a free charger certainly is a knockout argument, we’re currently quoted £600 through Octopus for a Wallbox Pulsar, or £700 for the Easee One through a local company. Does hurt, admittedly, but what can you do.

    We had range anxiety too, but once we grasped the fact that “the long charging time” only applies to a full charge, and not a 100 mile top up if necessary, that became way less of an issue. The AR-HUD in the ID3 is great, only thing that i’d love to see in the GTE too, we had to pay extra for a normal HUD.

    Alas, can’t have it all – you didn’t pay for the charger, but we have the more comfy seats. 😛

    edit: what colour? And, optional wheels?

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Motability Have Given Me £1.5k+ #173840
    Rene
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    Yeah we did ask, and got quoted 6 months.

    Ordered 10th of nov last year, and received an email this week with an (unconfirmed) build date for week 23, or beginning of june. Close enough, fingers crossed.

    Here’s to hope, i guess.

    And yes, the Golf did impress us. There’s a few niggly bits (steering wheel buttons, sigh), but in total we were rather impressed with the amount of “go”, and the fact that everything is smart (predictive cruise control etc). 120mpg for a 80 mile journey with a bit of hooning, and most of our journeys (like more than 95%) are within electric range. Mostly though, we did two test drives with the GTE, and the first one had 13.000 miles on the clock – 5000 more than our current car, and it felt brand new. Nothing rattled, squeaked or anything, no noises whatsoever. Our Ateca sounds like it’s just being held together by bubble gum and duct tape now, with rattles from every direction.

    Which ID3 did you order?

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Motability Have Given Me £1.5k+ #173838
    Rene
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    Sigh.. Really needs an auto login, kinda pointless to have a signature and constantly forget to login lol.

    Golf GTE with a few extras sprinkled. We actually test drove and decided on the ID3 Max, but then (for the fun of it, really) after a GTE test drive we were immediately sold on the GTE.

    What lead time did you get quoted?

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Nextbase debuts AI-powered iQ cloud-connected dash cam #173717
    Rene
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    Just realised, mandatory interior (camera) monitoring with a permanently online dash cam.

    Yeah, you can keep that “very innovative” dash cam that needs to hang in the middle of the screen because the lens is in the centre of the housing lol.

    Clear case of:

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Is there anything you would pay over £5,500 AP for? #173716
    Rene
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    .. Golf GTE with all options is around £8k i believe lol. We paid £5150 or something, could’ve added a £1020 sunroof, £1200 big sat nav, £400 rear heated seats, £815 DCC, £200 voice control, £200 auto parking.

    Voila, £9000 Golf.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Nextbase debuts AI-powered iQ cloud-connected dash cam #173711
    Rene
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    Awful.

    Way too bulky, yet another “hanging” design that’ll just shake the footage (much like our 522GW), features nobody asked for and nobody needs (i don’t need to know the speed the guy who hit me was going, insurance investigators have been able to figure that out for decades reliably) – but do need to be paid for. I also don’t need to randomly talk through my dash cam.

    The camera part (resolution/bitrate) will be decent, but as a package it will be way overpriced for what it is, and not better than already existing offers (like the Viofo A129 Pro).

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Hybrid or Plug-in Hybrid? #173262
    Rene
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    Wouldn’t that be inconvenient? Would it be a specific visit someplace – or you going there anyway? How long to charge up? What if you needed to dash somewhere at short notice, and you’re low on charge?

    You do realise that these arguments mean absolutely nothing, since they can be made for ICE cars too?

    What if the tank is empty and you needed to dash somewhere at short notice? An ID3 or Kona have more range fully charged than Brydos petrol XC40 fully fueled, how does he manage?

    EVs are absolutely there, it’s just that people are ignorant when it comes to new stuff. Btw, even if we’d look at your argument in a vacuum without mentioning that ICE cars have the same issue – if you need to make a dash somewhere quickly, you drive to a charging point and charge for 10 minutes, which adds around 100 miles. Or you charge 5 minutes for 50. It’s hardly rocket science.

    This is ignoring the fact that one of the following statements is wrong:

    “I do very few miles, only short distance” and “need to recharge twice a week”.

    Even if you do 20 miles every single day, you only need to charge it twice, maybe three times a month.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: What’s the worst mpg #173209
    Rene
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    Sorry Rene what are you driving, I lose account of who’s driving what. Did you change or in the process of..

    Sorry, thought i was logged in, usually says under my posts.

    SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    Rene
    Participant

    I think the silly Motability caps including insurance will rule out most decent cars.

    Of course, this here is just wishful thinking. Nobody is actually expecting anything close to these choices to reappear on the scheme (like the Range Rover Sport that was available at a point in time, for £10k AP).

    I want to add an Audi A5 at £6500, as well as the BMW i4 at £8000, and, well.. Maybe a Tesla Model X for around £12000.

    While we’re at it, i’d also like the option to purchase the car after lease back.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Re-order cancelled car? #173081
    Rene
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    With the semi-conductor shortages and delayed delivery times I have would say cancellations are not uncommon. It is my first time applying through motability and can honestly say it is very difficult to choose a vehicle as you never know when another company might put their cars back on the scheme . Choosing a car just feels like a gamble at the moment.

    Why did you cancel in the first place?

    To be clear, i very much doubt you’ll get that order back. Almost would bet money on it.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    Rene
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    Wouldn’t mind a new C-Class, or a GLC. C-Class at around 7500ish, the GLC starting from 10000ish.

    I also wouldn’t mind a GR86, for around 3500ish.

    Neither would i mind a Q4 e-tron for, lets say, 6500ish.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: NEW CAR SPEED LIMITERS TO BE FITTED ON ALL NEW CARS #172958
    Rene
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    Odd to assume that “going over the speed limit” is a freedom or right.

    It’s not. The speed limiter is just a means to enforce the already existing “restriction in freedom”. It’s like arguing that it’s a restriction of freedom that you’re not allowed to steal clothing, and that those beep-tags are just government overreach.

    It also has nothing to do with the EU. In case people haven’t noticed, we’re not in the EU anymore, so to blame them for something we decide on is just stupid.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Advice Needed #172932
    Rene
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    Not sure why you’d ask Motability customer services in regards to non-refundable deposits or cancellation fees, since both are asked for by the dealership and not Motability.

    They’ll tell you to ask the dealership. In fact, they even state it on their website.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Advice Needed #172923
    Rene
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    Yeah i saw, no worries. 😉

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Advice Needed #172916
    Rene
    Participant

    Note that cancelling an order can and probably will nowadays lead to a cancellation fee, as does terminating the Qashqai lease early. On top, the good condition bonus will also be reduced.

    Yes that’s true if you terminate a lease early with a car that you already have (always been the case, as far as I know) but Reed wasn’t asking about that. The question was whether you could cancel an order before you have taken delivery of the car.

    Hm.

    My intention is to drive for my mum until my car is delivered, at which point it will be roughly 5 months before my mums current lease is over, can she return her vehicle early without incurring charges then? Will she still get her bonus for keeping the vehicle?

    edit:

    😉

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Q1 2022 News & Updates #172847
    Rene
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    “cost us £50 early termination fee, and that fee gets refunded when we wait longer than May on our new car (which we definitely will).” Rene I didn’t know that was a thing, do you know what the actual timescales are as we ordered in June and our car won’t be delivered until February at the earliest.

    What do you mean by actual timescales – for a car delivery? Couldn’t tell you for Volvo, only have a rough idea about VWs (since that’s where we ordered).

    If it’s in regard to the cancellation fee, it’s pro rata if i understood correctly. For us it was £50, and of course a pro rata reduced GCB. If our car gets delivered after the original lease (the one we terminated early) ends, which would be May this year, they consider this as “kept the car over the entire length of the original lease”, meaning we didn’t actually terminate early, hence the £50 refund, as well as the full GCB.

    Does that make sense?

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: VW Golf 8 R-Line Delay? #172846
    Rene
    Participant

    Yeah, as far as i can see it’s standard on the GTE/GTI etc only, not on the normal specs.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Car numbers on the Motability Scheme today #172820
    Rene
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    I mean, you might or might not like the Galaxy, i wouldn’t call it a tit though.

     

    .. and yeah, i did understand 😛

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Q1 2022 News & Updates #172819
    Rene
    Participant

    No issue with early termination.

    We terminated early 6 weeks ago (with lease supposed to go till May), cost us £50 early termination fee, and that fee gets refunded when we wait longer than May on our new car (which we definitely will).

    No harm, no foul. Considering they removed the car we ordered 6 weeks ago today, i’m glad we did it, too.

    edit: i just realised that the £4000 Qashqai isn’t even a Tekna+. Wow.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Q1 2022 News & Updates #172811
    Rene
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    Q2 might bring the new Sportage. Surprised that it didn’t get added this time around.

    Don’t expect it to be cheap though – not in the current climate, but even then, with prices up to £43.000 for the top spec/engine, it’s never gonna be a cheap car.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Q1 2022 News & Updates #172801
    Rene
    Participant

    Yeah.. As long as the semiconductor shortage lasts, nobody should expect anything from the scheme.

    Objectively you can’t even really argue against what’s happening (i still do though), they’re trying to clean out backlogs, while customers (even privately) already wait for up to a year on a new car.

    It absolutely sucks and i still think Motability should do more to alleviate the problem (for example, subsidising cars like the Tiguan Allspace, objectively one of the most sensible cars for wheelchair owners, going half on the AP), but in the end, as long as cars are “rare” or hard to come by, from the car industries perspective it’s absolutely correct to do what they’re doing.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Q1 2022 News & Updates #172789
    Rene
    Participant

    For anyone following the Golf, check the DS4 Rivoli (top spec minus the launch/”first edition” spec). Much, much better equipped (i’d argue, it has more than you could ever need), with a healthy 180hp petrol automatic for basically the same price as the base 1l petrol manual Golf.

    If you’re looking at hatchbacks, that’s where you need to look now.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Q1 2022 News & Updates #172788
    Rene
    Participant

    The prices start at £3099 AP for the 1.0 litre manual.

    I didn’t even notice. We paid 3250 for the GTE!

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

    in reply to: Miss-selling under the Motability scheme – what to do? #172683
    Rene
    Participant

    As I ordered a 2021 model year and will get a model 2022 year some things may well change “specification subject to change”. I contacted Motability re, will the car I ordered today be the car I get in 6 or so months time. Depends on what removed or maybe added “alloy wheel please”.

    Don’t know when you placed your order.

    The latest changes were a proper Area view camera (not the 180 degree one – a proper one like in the ID4 with cameras all around) and electric seats, if i’m not mistaken.

    It still comes on them awful steelies.

    Current: SEAT Ateca Xcellence Lux 1.5 TSI DSG MY19
    On Order: VW Golf GTE PHEV DSG MY22

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