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    Decided to grab a bit of independence (whilst available)

    Right, when i applied for DLA over a year ago i applied only because i needed/wanted nelp with getting to and from doctors and the hospital, didn't want a car, taxi for these things would be fine, now i have been awarded "Through appeal" 5yrs entitlement March 2012-March 2017 thinking maybe i could now start getting out, start going over to see my Grandchildren instead of waiting and hoping that my children will bring them to see me.

    i use a stick cannot get to bus stop without pain (almost 500yrds away), i am almost 62 even if i get to keep car for three years contract it must make for a better standard of life, at moment i am stuck at home all the time, yes all the time.

    I have been awarded Highest rate Mobility, and low rate Care component. I want to feel that i can go out with a moderate feeling of comfort, dot want to be sitting in a sardine can lol, but not wanting a luxury Limo, anyone recommend a car.

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    A couple of questions to help with finding the most suitable car for you:

    1. What height of car? Low, Standard, High
    2. Number of Doors? 3 or 5
    3. How many miles to be driven a year (guess)?
    4. Number of Passengers?
    5. Boot space required?
    6. Manual or Auto?
    7. Maximum Advance Payment?


    Do you want a car using Motability or would you rather use the money and get a decent 2nd hand car?

    I'll then suggest some cars for you to look at.
    Last edited by Paul; 30-03-13 at 19:04.
    Motability Car History
    05/09-05/12; Nissan Qashqai 1.5 Diesel Tekna; 36,500 miles; avg 41.1mpg
    06/12-07/15; Ford C-Max 2.0 Diesel Titanium Powershift; 35,400 miles; avg 37.8mpg
    07/15-09/17; Skoda Octavia 1.6 Diesel SE-L DSG; 28,200miles; avg 43.9mpg
    09/17-Present; VW Touran 1.4 Petrol SEL DSG; 11,600miles; avg 35.9mpg (28.6 - 43.9mpg)

    Click here to send me an email with any private Motoring questions you may have. Replies usually within 48hrs

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    Hi Paul, Could not afford insurance now for own car, let alone Maintenance costs so if to fulfill plans of a better existence/lease of life it is going to have to be Motability Vehicle, i dont mind spending the Motability on a vehicle, but would be nice to be able to use part for Fuel, will not be doing a great mileage probably around 6000 a year if that.
    A trip in Taxi and back to hospital is a tenner, if i have doctors same day then that's £20 a day, so would cost more than the 50 odd that i would be paying for a car for the month, so will defo be cheaper with car.

    1. What height of car? Low, Standard, High Standard to High, have trouble with low vehicles
    2. Number of Doors? 3 or 5 5
    3. How many miles to be driven a year (guess)? 6000
    4. Number of Passengers? sometimes 4, mainly just 2, sometimes me driving mostly my son
    5. Boot space required? Boot or space for shopping behind rear seats
    6. Manual or Auto? Manual should be fine Paul.
    7. Maximum Advance Payment? £200-£300

    Thanks Paul.

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    Hi Jimmyr, glad to hear you got award for high rate mobility. Speaking from experience, it will change your life to be mobile for appointments and to 'get your life back' I have a Kia Rio, but wouldn't recommend it - mainly because it is too low to get in and out of. However, my friend has a Hyundai i20 and I think that may be my choice for next year. So easy to get in and out of particularly when parked next to a pavement. I am sure though that you will receive great advice on a vehicle here. Good luck. Susie

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    Hi,

    I would suggest several vehicles tat you could look at that may suit your needs. The Peugeot 3008 is a reasonably roomy vehicle that sits a little higher than a mainstream car, tagged as a crossover I believe. The level of trim is high and the diesel gives very good MPG. Advance payments are under £300 for the mid spec. car too. The Milton Keynes dealer is offering up to £300 towards your advance payment too.
    Other cars that may fit the bill is the Nissan Qashkai which has a very high spec even at entry level to keep the advance payment down. The kia Sportage is another high vehicle that is worth a look. The AP for the entry level 1 spec is £499, but the Harpenden dealer is offering £250 cash back right now. I know because I just ordered one today! You do not have to have any car serviced where you buy it, you could even order over the phone. You will need to send a copy of your license and your award entitlement. If you decide on a kia I can give you the contact number.

    I am aware of the above vehicles as I have completed an in depth test drive of them all. The reason we picked the Kia was because it ticked more of our boxes, but none of them would disappoint, hope all this helps!

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    I have a Renault Grand Scenic but this might be a bit big for you so I would suggest the Renault Scenic. It is a medium MPV and sits quite high. It has high Specs with Keyless entry, Automatic Lights & Wipers and Electronic Handbrake. I do not know what the AP is as they are bringing out new models and they have not been listed yet. One that will be added to the list soon will be the Renault Scenic Xmod and I think it looks really good. Well worth a look that their web site :-

    http://www.renault.co.uk/

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    Don't look at Diesels, at 6000 miles you should go for a Petrol.

    City Cars
    Fiat Panda 0.9 Lounge; £0 AP; 67.3mpg - Full allowance
    Hyundai i10 1.2 Style; £0 AP; 61.4mpg - Full allowance
    Seat Mii 1.0 SE; £0 AP; 62.8mpg - Full allowance
    Skoda Citigo 1.0 Elegance; £0 AP; 68.9mpg - £50.56 per week
    VW Up! 1.0 Move Up; £0 AP; 62.8mpg - £49.40 per week

    Superminis
    Citroen C3 1.2 Selection; £45 AP; 62.8mpg - Full allowance
    Fiat 500L 0.9 Pop Star; £195 AP; 58.9mpg - Full allowance
    Ford Fiesta 1.0 Zetec; £45 AP; 65.7mpg - Full allowance
    Honda Jazz 1.4 ES; £99 AP; 51.4mpg - Full allowance
    Hyundai i20 1.2 Style; £0 AP; 57.6mpg - Full allowance
    Kia Picanto 1.25 2; £0 AP; 65.7mpg £51.00 per week
    Nissan Juke 1.6 Accenta; £0 AP; 47.1mpg - Full allowance
    Peugeot 208 1.2 Allure; £99 AP; 62.8mpg - Full allowance
    Renault Clio 1.2 Expression+; £0 AP; 51.4mpg - Full allowance
    Seat Ibiza 1.2 FR; £0 AP; 55.4mpg - Full allowance
    Skoda Fabia 1.2 Elegance; £0 AP; 54.3mpg - Full allowance
    Suzuki Swift 1.2 SZ4; £0 AP; 56.5mpg - Full allowance
    Toyota Yaris 1.33 SR; £0 AP; 51.4mpg - Full allowance
    Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 Exclusiv; £0 AP; 55.4mpg - £53.45 per week
    VW Polo 1.2 Match; £0 AP; 51.4mpg - £54.05 per week

    Higher Cars
    Citroen C3 Picasso 1.4 Selection; £95 A - Full allowance
    Fiat 500L 0.9 Pop Star; £195 AP; 58.9mpg - Full allowance (as above)
    Fiat Panda 0.9 Lounge; £0 AP; 67.3mpg - Full allowance (as above)
    Kia Venga 1.4 2; £0 AP; 50.4mpg - Full allowance
    Mini Countryman 1.6 Cooper; £99 AP; 47.1mpg - Full allowance
    Nissan Juke 1.6 Accenta; £0 AP; 47.1mpg - Full allowance (as above)
    Nissan Qashqai 1.6 Accenta; £49 AP; 45.6mpg - Full allowance
    Skoda Yeti 1.2 S; £95 AP; 44.1mpg - Full allowance
    Vauxhall Meriva 1.4 SE; £0 AP; 47.9mpg - Full allowance

    That should do you for a while

    I've highlighted the cars I'd go for if it was me.

    Note: All prices are set to change tomorrow (1st April), I will update the list with the updated prices on Monday.
    Last edited by Paul; 31-03-13 at 12:21.
    Motability Car History
    05/09-05/12; Nissan Qashqai 1.5 Diesel Tekna; 36,500 miles; avg 41.1mpg
    06/12-07/15; Ford C-Max 2.0 Diesel Titanium Powershift; 35,400 miles; avg 37.8mpg
    07/15-09/17; Skoda Octavia 1.6 Diesel SE-L DSG; 28,200miles; avg 43.9mpg
    09/17-Present; VW Touran 1.4 Petrol SEL DSG; 11,600miles; avg 35.9mpg (28.6 - 43.9mpg)

    Click here to send me an email with any private Motoring questions you may have. Replies usually within 48hrs

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    Interesting thought about petrol v diesel Paul. I know petrol is cheaper with 6,000 miles does it save money?
    I know you are a fantastic number cruncher so be interested to hear your calculations...

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    It's not about the money saving it's about how the car is used.

    Diesels really aren't very good if you're not doing the miles to warrant them, especially now that they all have DPFs (Diesel Particulate Filters). You'd be at the garage every month with them trying to clear it.

    Plus the difference in mpg is negligible nowadays.

    A good example is the New Fiat Panda:
    Petrol does 67.3mpg; Diesel does 72.4mpg; a difference of 5.1mpg

    That difference equates to £12/YEAR less for the Diesel - Probably not worth all the trips to the dealer (see DPF above) though.

    Have a play with my calculator: Petrol vs Diesel

    Link to DPF info: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice...e-filters.html
    Last edited by Paul; 31-03-13 at 11:12.
    Motability Car History
    05/09-05/12; Nissan Qashqai 1.5 Diesel Tekna; 36,500 miles; avg 41.1mpg
    06/12-07/15; Ford C-Max 2.0 Diesel Titanium Powershift; 35,400 miles; avg 37.8mpg
    07/15-09/17; Skoda Octavia 1.6 Diesel SE-L DSG; 28,200miles; avg 43.9mpg
    09/17-Present; VW Touran 1.4 Petrol SEL DSG; 11,600miles; avg 35.9mpg (28.6 - 43.9mpg)

    Click here to send me an email with any private Motoring questions you may have. Replies usually within 48hrs

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    Remember those mpg's are for comparison purposes only, you won't get anything like that economy on the road. Plus with diesels you need to get them up to temperature and be travelling at relatively high speeds (40mph+) before they become more economical.

    If you're doing small but frequent trips, then a petrol is much more suited than a diesel.
    Motability Car History
    05/09-05/12; Nissan Qashqai 1.5 Diesel Tekna; 36,500 miles; avg 41.1mpg
    06/12-07/15; Ford C-Max 2.0 Diesel Titanium Powershift; 35,400 miles; avg 37.8mpg
    07/15-09/17; Skoda Octavia 1.6 Diesel SE-L DSG; 28,200miles; avg 43.9mpg
    09/17-Present; VW Touran 1.4 Petrol SEL DSG; 11,600miles; avg 35.9mpg (28.6 - 43.9mpg)

    Click here to send me an email with any private Motoring questions you may have. Replies usually within 48hrs

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