New Motability Prices 1st April 2019 (Quarter 2 Spring)

New Motability Prices 1st April 2019 (Quarter 2 Spring)

New Motability Prices

New Prices (Spring) are released 1st April 2019

The full new Motability prices will be published on Monday April 1st 2019. Quarter 2 (Spring) prices run from 1st April through to June 30th 2019. We will post all information as it comes to us on this page.

We will update you on all the movements (up and down) on this page. Every movement up or down on the previous price can be tracked with our little arrows. means the price has increased (if you place your mouse on the arrow you can see by how much the price has increased) and if the price has decreased you will see a green arrow Price reduced from previous quarter price or if there is no change in price the arrows are side by side .

We will continue to post the War Pension (WPMS) prices alongside the DLA/PIP/AFIP prices.  Advance Payments for WPMS are around presently £1085 less than those of DLA/PIP/AFIP.  Even with this extra award there are no additional vehicles available to War Pensioners.

Award Increase

Increases in benefits aimed specifically at disabled people and carers will continue to be linked to CPI inflation, resulting in a 2.4% increase for the year from 8th April 2019. The increase was 3% last year and 1% the year before. WPMS weekly payments will increase on 8th April 2019 by £1.60 per week to £68.35 compared to a £1.45 weekly increase in DLA/PIP/AFIP to £61.20 per week.

 

Motability Update

2018 was a turbulent time for the Scheme, the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) made supply of vehicles patchy and Scheme registrations took a dip (September 2018’s 18855 registrations was 5209 fewer than September 2017). The National Audit Office (NAO) investigation into the Scheme’s financial model resulted in the chief executive of Motability Operations, Mike Betts, announcing he would stand down by May 2020 and the group’s chairman, Neil Johnson, will retire in April 2019.

Following the investigation the good condition bonus, the payment the customer receives handing back a vehicle in good condition, increased to £500 (previously £250) for a three year lease and  Motability Operations also donated £400 million to Motability Charity who oversee the award of grants to customers of the Scheme.

2019 has started well for the Scheme, 708 more registrations over January and February than in 2018. While Quarter 1, January to March 2019, bought us a number of new cars there maintains an under representation in Electric and Hybrid vehicles. Many customers hoped that the Scheme would be at the forefront of alternative fuel cars, the profile of customers is perfect for electric vehicles, low annual mileage with predominately short journey usage but changes in the Government grants for electric vehicles has taken its toll. The complete removal of the £2500 grant for Plug in Hybrids (PHEV) that can travel less than 70 miles on electric power alone and the reduction of the grant for Electric cars from £4500 to £3500.  The Renault Zoe (full electric) has joined the Scheme but the Advance Payment starting at £3999 is not realistic, the top selling PHEV, Mitusibushi Outlander, has remained on the Scheme but the AP increased by £1750 to £3749.

 

Q2 New Vehicles

Seat Tarraco – To be added through Q2, probably 1st March

The sister car to the excellent Skoda Kodiaq the Tarraco steels the march being 7 seats as standard, not an extra. It is 1839mm wide (not including door mirrors), 4735mm long and 1658mm tall and with the two rear seats folded the luggage space is 700 litres. Four engines: a 148bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol unit, a 187bhp 2.0-litre turbo and two 2.0-litre choices producing either 148bhp or 178bhp. Trim lines for the Tarraco are SE, SE Technology, Xcellence and Xcellence Lux, but the top trims may not be avaialble.

 

 

Volkswagen T-Cross -To be added through Q2, probably 1st March

The new T-Cross is the littlest Volkswagen SUV in the line-up, borrowing its floorpan from the VW Polo. It’s built on the same platform (MQB A0) as the Seat Ibiza and Audi A1, and it’s a sister car to the Seat Arona and the upcoming Skoda Kamiq.  Although the T-Cross is actually very similar in size to the VW Golf based T-Roc the T-Cross is the more practical, family-oriented car of the two and looks great. the 1.0 litre petrol engine is the pick. Trim lines are S, SE, SEL and R-Line.

 

 

BMW 3 Series – Retail sales from March 9th 2019

We are being asked about the new 3 series and when it will be avaialble on the scheme. This is the situation: The 3 series is being launched in phases, the first tranche is the 320d and 330i, only the 161bhp 320d is permissible on the Scheme trough power restrictions and as it has a starting price of £33610 which is above the upper limit and according to present guidelines can not be made avaialble on the Scheme.

The smaller engines, 318d and 318i, will be released later in the year and we will have to see if these fall under the pricing restrictions, unless the restrictions are changed by Motability.

 

 

More to follow………..