UncJ

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  • in reply to: Mercedes GLB #120200
    UncJ
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    I like the GLB and the new GLA, both look great. However with the base model GLA up at £33k I can’t see the GLB making it onto the scheme. Hoping this rather low arbitrary rule of the base model has to be under £30k will disappear.

    I know, it is worrying. I have 2 years left on my current lease but this ridiculous price limit that has never budged an inch since it’s inception – NOT even for inflation! – is a severe limitation for customers of the scheme who require a bigger vehicle for a scooter or whatever. The choice is getting sparse to say the least!

    I have the old GLA which is fine overall (apart from the dire fuel consumption that is!) but the boot capacity on that is too small really for my needs so I need something just a bit bigger next time and it’s looking already like it will be a big challenge to find something appropriate.

    Come on Motability, sort out the £30k limit as it is working against so many of your customers!

    in reply to: Octopus Energy refer a friend £50 credit #109039
    UncJ
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    Just joined them myself and so far so good and there’s no pressure about having a Stinking smart (dumb!) meter either unlike my previous supplier SSE who just bombarded me with their smart meter propaganda constantly begging me to get one. Pffft

    in reply to: BBC: DWP shocked by own disability tribunal record #108875
    UncJ
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    Typical DWP faux shock and surprise! They have been weaponised by this government for 10 years now and now employ the same sub human tactics on their own poor disabled employees as they do with disabled members of the public like ourselves. Are we really surprised?

    I’ve been sick and disabled for long enough to remember when they treated us with at least some dignity and fairness and now look at it? Pure evil most of the time.

     

    in reply to: Mitsubishi Outlander #106848
    UncJ
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    A new Outlander is due in September 2020 and new from the ground up which is a novelty for the Outlander as I think it’s just been revamps on what is essentially the same car for a good 6+ years. Probably the reason why the AP has come down for us in reality and we will probably start to see shortages more and more the closer we get to the new model.

    Just wish it had been this price when I renewed last year as I’d have snapped their hand off at that price. It would have provided me with almost free motoring for a good 85% of my mileage. Hey ho.

    in reply to: Road tax exemption question #104255
    UncJ
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    Darn it, wish I knew about this. Just assumed that the Motability car had to be the tax exempt one.

    Anybody know if you can swap it over mid lease? I’ve just paid 12 months road tax on my private car so wouldn’t be able to so it until next January at the earliest. By then my current Motability lease would have another 19 months to run.

    in reply to: update on merc cla delivery #103763
    UncJ
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    Agreed, it’s the squeaky hinge that gets the oil. Seems they sit up and do something about it if you make a noise across social media only these days. Why? Because these companies care more about their public persona and ratings sadly and not so much about their actual customers. It’s all about the ratings.

    I had problem a while back with GWR and trains constantly being allowed to leave the depot with no working toilets on my local line. Complaining directly was a complete and utter waste of time and just got unanswered. However, a GWR insider told me to forget about the official way as complaints just went into a black hole void and told me to plaster my gripes all over their Twitter feed asking should a disabled man with incontinence problems really have to wet himself because of GWR’s inability to ensure at least 1 working toilet on their trains? Got sorted out within a few hours of me doing that because the last thing GWR or any other company want is the whole www seeing what cr@p treatment they are offering their disabled customers.

    Its sad when companies do not offer mutual respect and honesty in the times we live and sadly it seem to be the norm these days.

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    in reply to: Do you need a "full time" Motability vehicle? #97565
    UncJ
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    for me 10 days out of 14 its sat on the drive

    Exactly the same here. Sometimes, when I’m really bad, the car might not move for two weeks or so. Does seem such a waste. I truly value the freedom that a Motability car offers me and couldn’t do without it but – It does seem such a waste that it is just a static exhibition piece for most of the time. Surely there has to be a better solution?

    in reply to: New 2019 Mercedes GLB SUV to cost from £34,200 #86164
    UncJ
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    Cars are going up and up in price yet Motability’s stupid £30,000 price cap has still yet to keep pace. It’s highly frustrating to say the lease especially as this is a car that will meet a lot of customers criteria with it’s height and easy access.

    in reply to: Merc GLA #85612
    UncJ
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    It’s a shame it doesn’t have DAB but is that such a big deal really considering it does have Apple CarPlay & Android Auto so a piece of cake to simply use an app?

    in reply to: Courtesy car charge #83999
    UncJ
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    Re: Insurance – I’ve found the key is to take in your Motability insurance certificate when using a dealers courtesy car to ensure they put the car on Mota’s insurance instead of the dealers own insurance. As JS say’s, there is no excess above the usual amount on your Motability insurance but there will be (usually £1000) if the dealer puts it on theirs.

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    in reply to: New Cars Q3 #77970
    UncJ
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    There seems a lot of cars on the scheme but when you narrow it down to your needs the choice isn’t as much as you would think. My needs are I need a tall car to make getting in and out easier. I need an automatic to make it easier to drive. I need a petrol or electric or hybrid version because the car is mainly used around town. I need a larger car for wheelchair etc but not too big because i need to park it. I need it to be as frugal as possible. I need it to be a good spec. Parking sensors front and rear, and if possible a birds eye camera because with a disability and etra assistance is a help.

    Agreed. When you look at the numbers it can seem like there is huge choice but break them down and nothing could be further from the truth. If your No1 requirement is an auto (like ourselves) then straight away you have a choice of less than 1/3 of the cars on the scheme. When you analyse the car ranges there are so many of the same model but mainly just different trim levels for each manufacturer.

    Then there’s the ridiculous at times AP disparity between cars and their auto versions that make the AP prohibitive on so many cars. The AP may be say £249 on a manual yet it is often £1500+ and upwards for the auto version. Then there is the ridiculous £30,000 limit on cars that Motability ALLOWED the dishonest campaign by the Daily Hate Mail to change the scheme completely unfairly for it’s own customers!!! DLA & PIP are not “out of work” benefits yet Motability allowed this dishonest rag to impose restrictions unfairly upon their own customers! How weak of them! Remind us who Motability are supposed to represent again? Add to that the 200 bhp restriction which means a whole host of cars are unavailable to Motability customers just because they are a few bhp over yet another imposed limit upon us. Are disabled drivers not allowed a bit of driving fun either?? Perish the thought!!

    So, the scheme as it stands continues to get multiple complaints from it’s customers yet it seems it falls on deaf ears at Motability time and time again. I really don’t think they care either.

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