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No service, they’ll do MOT.
MOT is a legal requirement and they have to do it. When the car is in for MOT they do an assessment of the car, probably take pictures etc so the information can be forwarded to the trade what car they will have up for sale soon. The trade (used car dealers)can place a bid even when the car is still with you. When you hand the car back theoretically they will have a buyer lined up.
- This reply was modified 3 years ago by Wazza.
Ignore the letter. It’s just generated automatically. Motability don’t service the car at the end of the 3 year lease. They will do the mot. However if you plan to extend the lease then a service might be due. Best to ring motability for confirmation.
If they are far away then best call them first to make sure they have the size in stock. You have to ring them up anyway to make an appointment in some cases. Take your mobility letter just in case.
As long as it is not chipped or bent and let’s out air then it should be ok. Motability allows parking dent, scratches as long as not deep and showing metal, scuff marks etc. These won’t affect your good condition bonus.
The way I read Phil’s post it’s the bus company who is arranging the repair of the car. Motability/RSA uses nationwide repair centre. I think they changed their name now.
Phil I advice you to ring motability/RSA and let them know what has happened. They need to be kept in the loop.
Looking at the pictures the motability will probably say it’s ok no need to have it repaired. I know someone who returned his car with worse damage. It costs motability to repair cars with minor damage.
If you are claiming from the other party then no problem, go ahead and claim.
- This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by Wazza.
When my auto was involved in a crash I was given a Hyundai i800 as a hire car. It was the only auto they had. Boy was it big. Difficult to find parking space big enough. Being black with tinted windows kids called it the gangster mobile while work colleagues called it the pimp mobile.
Loved it in the end. Wish I had a family big enough to justify buying one. Proper eight seater for adults.
Would be nice to see extent of damage. Motability will accept minor scratches, parking dents etc as long as metal is not showing. If you are in good terms with the motability expert at the garage you got your car from he might say the damage is acceptable and no need to get it repaired. Motability does not expect the car to be returned in pristine condition
Tried to make this as one post but unable to. First pic my smartphone set up. I remove the phone everytime I leave the car. Second pic shows usb lead plugged in for power. The blue thing is the usb stick for music.
How much does a dash cam cost ? I’ve never had one
I think the cheapest is £20 but unsure of the quality.
My set up only cost me £2.50. That was for the mobile holder. Had old smartphone. Download free dashcam. Been using this since around 2010. Waiting for it to fail before investing in a proper dashcam.
Philjb – you can just plug your dashcam into the cig lighter or usb socket for power. This way it can easily be removed. What you are thinking of is the hard wired version where the power lead of the dashcam is connected to the fuse box. This is regarded as a modification by some insurance companies.
Something similar happened to me. A bus pulled out without indicating and clipped my company pool car. Like yourself I chased him but he ignored me. When I went back to the office I filled in the forms. Luckily the bus company admitted liability. I was naive at that time, new to driving etc. Dashcam? This was late 1980s the only thing that can provide evidence straight away is an instant Polaroid stuck to the screen.
As the previous poster recommended get a dashcam. If on a tight budget just use an old smartphone with a free dashcam app and you are set to go.
I always tell my family to get one. As usual they just say ok. Yes they do get one only after being involved in an accident lol
Those who wish to install a dash cam to their private car should know the following. Some of it might apply to motability car.
If it’s just a plug in system then no problem. If it is hard wired into fuse box etc then you need to notify your insurance. They regard this as a modification to the car and may increase your premium. Insurance company might give you a discount as long as it is installed by an expert and a certificate is issued.
If you say you have dashcam fitted and it is off when something happens will they honour your claim?
Make sure the screen is not in your field of vision or that you can easily see the screen when driving. You might get stopped. That is why my heath Robinson effort is mounted on the passenger side.
Here is my set up. The mirror above is for me to check on traffic behind when my offspring is driving.
It must be around 2010 that I saw dashcam clips on internet. One person recommended a free dashcam app. I had a spare smartphone. Downloaded the app. Got a mobile holder. A usb lead for power. Job done. Have been using this set up for 9 years now. The battery in the phone is not that good anymore as expected. I always remove the smartphone when I go home.
Hi, used to visit this forum for a few years but after they changed the forum it used to struggle on my old tablet. Now with a new tablet this forum functions better. Hope to become more involved now.
Thank you for the replies
Wazza, my bad re the engine – would have guessed it was the same but not really paid much attention to the zaffira as an estate suited us better.
Lol no problem. You will find that the engine might be the same but with different power output. The 2.0 diesel in the tourer came on three different power ratings. I think it was 115, 140 and 160.
I can see taxi drivers buying used ev left right and centre. There are a lot of Prius used as taxi and few leafs around here
With VW dsg some type of gearbox had the wrong oil which broke down after a time. Dsg along with powershift gearboxes must have their oil and filter changed at interval. With powershift I think it was 40k or 80k miles at a cost over£280?. Garages will only do it if you tell them otherwise it goes unchecked and you have issues.
Heard that the oil used in Nissan CVT are very expensive.
Ford has given up on powershift and have gone back to torque converter auto
…..Sorry that you’ve had issues with your gearbox, what were they?
Sorry but who is this question for?
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Am I the only poster who had a Zafira, which is what Wazza was asking specific experience of? I thought they were quite popular, in part because of the vast amount of boot space.
Plenty have had zafiras. Mostly manual version. Auto wise they probably went for the diesel which had lower AP.
Years ago I had a diesel auto in SE trim. Nice car. No drawbacks apart from one area. The chrome trim on the centre console was very cold to touch in winter lol. Wanted to extend the lease but could not get daughter insured because she was under 25.
Now doing only local driving I am aiming towards petrol auto.
Since am considering buying second hand I am wary of touching some dsg and powershift models. Some that are wet or dry type (bmax etc although galaxy etc are better) have problems. Some vw dsg have issues. I used to have a galaxy powershift. No problem. Great handling but is too big for my needs now
- This reply was modified 3 years, 1 month ago by Wazza.
TJ. I think it’s the 140bhp version fitted to the tourer