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Motorbility Scheme

Hi Guys

I would like to know if anybody has taken up this scheme and if so what car they decided to have which is most ease to get in and out of?

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Hi Staggy1,

I use the motability scheme and have a Jeep renegade. Which I find so much easier to get in and out off.

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Many thanks for your reply Grapes12 it is most appreciated. To qualify for the scheme you have to have the higher PIP rate for Mobility? X

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Yes you have to higher rate mobility. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask. When I first became eligible I had no idea what I wanted or would be best for me. But I love my Jeep :D x

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Hello Graped, May I ask whom to approach to apply for the motability scheme, my husband has just been diagnosed though we do not have clarity on the exact genetic cause yet? Many thanks

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Firstly You need to be receiving the highest rate of pip to be eligible for it, if you are in receipt of it then simply type motability into your google search bar & it will explain it all to you. Just look around at the car dealerships in your area to see if they are part of the scheme & if there’s a car you like then you can go in & speak to them. If you decide to get one you may have to put a down payment down on one depending what you get & if there is one to pay(you can get some cars with no upfront down payment). You pay for it with the higher rate money from your pip & it will be automatically taken out of your benefit each month.

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Thank you very much for your quick and helpful advise! Very much appreciated

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Your welcome 😊

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Legs-alive beat me to it; good luck.

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Thank you so much I’m going to test a few today. The Jeep is now on my list! X

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Exciting. I hope the testing went well and you have found the right car for you.

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Just sat in a Mini Countryman today, it was good. Doing Peugeot 2008 and Mercedes GLA on Saturday. I’ll let you know what I choose. The Mini was good but the staff didn’t approach me, so I’ll go elsewhere if it’s a Mini! 😃

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Great. Look forward to hearing which one you choose.

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Hi Grapes12 👋🏽

It’s going to be the Mini Countryman! My twin sister is having one too!! 😃 we’re going to order them this Wednesday when the lovely salesman is back. He was very helpful, the whole process and the test drive have been a nice experience. We are going to have a joint delivery and bit of press highlight so watch out for us in the Ataxia magazine. Thank you for getting in touch with me 😘

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That's great. Will look out for you both 😍

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Peugeot Horizon

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Hi, I now have a Citroen Aircross, after having had 2 Citroen Picasso C3's, so have been on the Motability Scheme for almost 7 years. Both models are easy to access and I like the high driving position. Included with the scheme is RAC membership which was a real boon as during the first 3 years I had 5 punctures, more than I had had in my previous 45 years of driving! With my Ataxia I couldn't consider trying to change a wheel. I cannot speak highly enough of Motability.

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Thank you very much for your reply. X

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I went for vauxhall sports tourer. Simply because i like vauxhall cars but wanted estate car so can keep wheel chair in car case im ever stuck when im out, the boot is massive, its also great for driving long distance, and when it comes to changing car will stick to same model.

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Just remembered - both vehicles are/were 'No Up Front Payment'.

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I got a Audi Q2 only last week. I love it.

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Hi,we have a ford kugar, fantastic for getting in and out

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I would do it,but can't rely on my eyesight??AND FIND IT TOO STRESSFUL especially in London?

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The reason car dealerships salesmen avoid you is because there is no commission for helping you. They make more money on a non PIP lessee. There might be a designated salesman for disabled drivers.

Also with Motability lease their car insurance only has a total of 2 drivers, you and someone else.

My Vauxhall dealership will check and refill fluids and tyres free of charge between services. Very useful.

As a tall person roof rails and high seat are a boon. Climbing down to most saloon cars is a one way journey. Getting up from a low seat is challenging. Niece's Fiesta, sister's Mini and brother in law's Golf are no gos. I use my Mokka.

Despite global warming get a petrol engine was the best advice given. Diesels would spend more time in for repair on short journeys.

And friends of mine have had left footed accelerator pedals fitted to their automatics at home, thus avoiding VAT.

Recently found out you need to be under 65 to get PIP.

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But 65+ you get Attendance Allowance and completely NON means tested and £200+ per month.

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Hi FFNick

Thank you very much for your fantastic advice. There’s so much choice of vehicles. I agree with you getting out from a low car seat is sometimes very challenging. The Mokka is on my list! - Vauxhall, here I come. 😘 I’m 54 on the 18th and don’t want to give in to this silly disease. So let’s keep on 😁 and 👋🏽

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Unfortunately I’ve had to give up driving 😔

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Vauxhall mokla x

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