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November 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm in reply to: How the National Grid will work with electric cars #130582
Do you think your PIP payments are going to rise dramatically over the coming years in order to afford a large electric vehicle many people need Alan?November 25, 2020 at 4:15 pm in reply to: How the National Grid will work with electric cars #130485
I wonder what will happen to all of us Motability users when the time comes that we have to have an EV (from 2030 onwards)… and the government go ahead with plans to charge everyone by the miles they do? That’s going to mean a sizeable AP for a start, even for smaller EV’s, and then a suggested £1.50 per mile on top of that. When you think of how many bi££ions the government currently make from fuel duty – that’s going to be a massive shortfall to make up. Will we get reduced concessions?
It’s all food for thought…
BTW Mike, forgot to add that the 2008 is pretty much identical in size to the C-HR that you’re considering. You’re only talking millimetres in length, width & height between the two cars. Same again with seat/ride height, etc.
Well SUVGuy, I have a blue C-HR at the moment which is very similar(ish) to the Vertigo Blue that Peugeot do – so ‘Orange Fusion’ would probably be my choice. It looks stunning in the sunlight in that colour… but not so much so when it’s grey & overcast. I wish they did a metallic lime green or the ‘Faro Yellow’ that the smaller 208 comes in. I guess you can’t have it all!
The slightly more powerful 1.2 GT version (155 BHP) has an AP of £1,899 and comes pretty much fully kitted out.
The 1.2 GT LINE version (130 BHP) has an AP of £1,499 and still has a lot of kit too.
Both are 8-speed auto boxes that are well respected & liked by motoring journalists.
I have read & watched countless reviews of the 2008 and have yet to see a really negative review. That has to be a good sign! Even Thomas over at Autogefühl loved it – and he’s not easily pleased!
Yeah, that’s the elephant in the room Mike! There’s a volume knob for the radio etc but there is a short cut button/key for the air conditioning/temp etc just below the screen. One touch of the button and you’re straight to the AC/temp control. I can live with that!
Mike, it’s a 1.2 turbo 155 bhp and the AP for the top spec GT is currently £1,899. The GCB will knock £600 off of that… and I’m hoping to haggle a further reduction although Peugeot dealers are notoriously difficult to bargain with as regards money off for Motability customers.
And yes, it has an electronic parking brake Mike. Have a look at the GT Line Mike. AP is £1,499 and it comes with plenty of kit & great MPG.
I’m sorry but I have no idea what VW were thinking removing all the r line tech features, only thing I can think of is in 1.5 years they’ll probably introduce a r line tech, really looked forward to the mk3 but was let down, I’ll be waiting to see the new 5008 Aps and most likely go with that
I’m pretty much decided on the new 2008 for when I can order next week. It’s not too big & pretty much ideal for my needs & requirements. I can’t decide on Orange Fusion, Vertigo Blue or Cumulus Grey though!
GT version is 155 bhp 8-speed automatic and unlike the tight Germans – it comes with heated seats, a reversing camera, ACC, opening panoramic roof, wireless phone charging pad, electric folding mirrors, keyless entry, driving modes, ambient lighting, plus loads more – all as standard.
I think VW are being a bit naughty lately in general. It’s the same with their R-Line Golf. You’d think it would have a few more bells & whistles – but in fact, it has several features missing that the lower model has as standard. What’s more, VW have put THE most boring alloy wheels on the R-Line that you’re almost forced to upgrade (£450 option) – just to make the car look anywhere near ‘sportier’! Things like nicer alloys, electric folding mirrors, the upgraded LED headlights, heated seats & even a reversing camera are all expensive options.
I was looking at the Hyundai Kona the motability lady at my local dealer said the prices would come down in Q1 but my Toyota dealer he didn’t know If prices would go up or down on the new 2021 model CHR
And therein lies the problem Mike.
In years gone by on the scheme, advance payments never used to fluctuate too much. They might go up a little for a certain model & trim or down a little. The only time they used to differ massively was when an old model was being phased out or a brand new model came on. They used to rise if manufacturers added sportier models with larger engines – but they never fluctuated like they’re doing in these crazy, strange old days of Covid-19/EU safety & emission rulings/Brexit, etc etc !!!
As the guys have said speak to your dealer, and get it in writing, that he will re-order the car if the AP is lower Q1. My Volvo dealer, Taggarts Glasgow wouldn’t do this but luckily the AP went up by about £1000.
That’s the worry right there Brydo! A thousand pounds is a lot of money.
I’m in the same boat as you Solent60, I can order from the 12th of December. Originally I was going to extend the lease on the Kodiaq, then all the talk of no deal Brexit, Covid got me a bit edgy. Was going to order another Kodiaq SE L, but now Skoda have dropped some standard equipment which doesn’t make for good value in my opinion. So I’ve test driven a few SUV’s before lockdown and like the Tarraco Excellence Lux. So back to your OP, do I order Q4, or wait for Q1. As Big Dave says, what if they remove your choice, you’re buggared, and will have to start all over again. So I’ve spoke to the Seat dealer and he said he’s happy to re-order if the price is lower in Q1, so unless anything changes between now and the 12th of December, I’ll be ordering the Tarraco. I keep hoping that Big Dave will find a Seat offer out there somewhere!! Good luck with your decision, Solent60.
It is a case of decisions, decisions.
I guess the best advice then is… order the new car on December 29th/30th… and if the AP goes down a day or two later in Q1 – cancel that and re-order !?!?
Thanks for the input all.
It’s a difficult one. Saying that, and thinking about it, it’s probably going to be exactly the same for all of us – no matter what time of the year we order. Advance prices tend to be erratic what with Covid19 and the way the world is right now. Brexit may or may not be a factor – who knows!
I guess I’m going to have to go down the ‘Order now & re-order if the AP is lower’ route after all.
Having always been a bit of a car ‘nut’, whenever I have been due to choose a new Motability car, I have always entered every dealership safe in the knowledge that I already know as much as the salesman about a particular model… and in most cases – quite a bit more. YouTube is your best friend! All I really need to know is how comfortable it is to sit in & how high (or low) it is. I already know the BHP, MPG, 0-60 time, every bit of included kit, what options are available & how much, etc etc.
Shame. Best car I ever had on the scheme was my yellow & black DS3… and I’ve been on the scheme just over 20-years with 7 cars. I had one when they very first came out & I constantly had people coming up to me for months looking at it & asking me questions. It turned heads wherever I went and even to this day – I still think they look so cool. Say what you like about the French, but one thing they know how to do better than anyone else is design small hatchbacks.
Yes the Yaris was too noisy the Chr I loved but the Corolla looks so fab imho so will have a test drive when the dealer opens !
lol. How long have I been telling you about the stunning looking Corolla Mike – especially in 2.0 GR Sport guise?!?!November 14, 2020 at 1:13 pm in reply to: Great way to waste £billions we can’t spare, and destroy unique archaeology. #129385
Having driven past Stonehenge on A303 far more times than I can remember, one negative created by the tunnel solution will be the loss of the spectacular view from the road that thousands have experienced and the countless questions asked by children as they journey to holiday further west. An education and knowledge which will in future have to be sought out.
But that’s the main reason for the tunnel apparently – people rubber-necking Stonehenge itself and thus causing large traffic delays.
One day, I hope we get someone running the country who actually cares about the motorist. I travel the M27 between Portsmouth & Southampton regularly and it’s a nightmare currently because it is being “upgraded” to a smart motorway. Nobody I know is in favour of smart motorways. They are downright dangerous.
And yet I also travel through Chichester quite often & that is one of the worse drives I ever do. Miles & miles of traffic – roundabout after roundabout. There was a plan, with investment, for a by-pass which has been ongoing for 20+ years. The whole project was scrapped last year because of objections on top of objections on top of objections.
The roads you really want money spent on (A27) do not get it while the ones that do (M27) don’t really warrant it. At least on my journey’s to Guildford, they finally built to Hindhead Tunnel to cut my journey time… albeit 22-years after it was first proposed!
Solent 60 have you had any test drives ?
No, not yet Mike. I was going to this month – but once again we’re in lockdown. I can order on 1st December which, as it happens, is my 60th birthday. Looks like early December for any test drives.
I had to go for a drive-thru covid test yesterday which was very unpleasant. Waiting for the result which will hopefully be tomorrow (Monday). So, all in all Mike, hope to do a few test drives the first couple of weeks in December – fingers crossed. This bloody Covid business sure is messing up a lot of things in life!
Time to bring back the horse and carriage!
lol, I don’t think it will come to that.
But Brydo does have a point. We are already seeing AP’s near the £3,000 mark for some cars. Sooner or later, that will rise to near £5,000 for a larger vehicle that many on the scheme require. If you’re able to add a couple of thousand pound more to that say, then you will be able to buy outright a very decent 2nd hand car & get to keep whatever the weekly PIP benefit is down the line. Your PIP payment goes towards insurance, parts/servicing & AA/RAC membership – but you should still be well in pocket after all the sums are done.
I would bet my bottom dollar that the number crunchers at Motability HQ are doing their future sums even as I type!
It’s a shame Mitsubishi are pulling out of Europe with no more cars being sold soon – not even PHEV models.October 30, 2020 at 12:38 am in reply to: Can you order a model of car if it’s not on Motability #128198
I don’t think so and if that was the case I think we would all have a car that wasn’t listed on the scheme
Indeed. I’d be driving around now in a Toyota Supra with an advance payment of around £23,000 !!!
That’s one of the reasons I’ve now dismissed the new Golf R-Line for order next month. I refuse to pay £550 for something all the lower models get. Infact, when you fathom in the new GTI, GTD, etc, the R-Line is now the only model without folding mirrors! Utterly weird. I see people are complaining about the R-Line Tiguan as well now for it’s lack of equipment that used to be standard. I’m not sure what VW are thinking lately as regards their R-Line models?
Hi All. Took delivery of Golf Life 1.5 estimate DSG Auto. I can confirm there are no electric folding mirrors grr I had these on my old mark 7. Also no side parking sensors grr. This was my own fault for not checking thoroughly although the salesperson did say I was getting equivalent features. Obviously not. These things are very annoying. However I suppose in the scheme of things not the end of the world. I will check thoroughly next time. It’s an expensive car I think these items should be included.
Chris – see my post further up the thread about several new Golf owner’s being pissed off on the forums that they don’t have folding mirrors when they thought they would have. Initially, VW issued an e-brochure saying the Golf had them but quickly deleted that brochure in July and reverted back to an earlier April brochure. That same brochure has only just been updated now with the release of the GTI, GTD, etc.
Best advice would be to anyone thinking of ordering a new Golf… check and double check with the sales person that your particular chosen model has folding mirrors at the point of ordering.
Photos/info on the GTD from Auto Express…