Quarter 4 Motability Prices released 1st October 2020

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We are updating this website to all the latest ‘Autumn’ prices, should you want to ask a question over anything, email me at enquiries@whichmobilitycar.com or post a question on the lively forum.

New Cars for Q4

Mercedes GLA

Confirmed for Q4, Prices from £2899 AP Models available are:

GLA 180 in all trims: Sport, Sport Executive, AMG Line, AMG Line Executive, AMG Line Premium and AMG Line Premium Plus.

GLA 200 only in Sport trim. Full Prices here

 

MG5 Electric Car

The first electric estate car to hit the market comes from the Chinese manufacturer MG. Range up to 214 miles and a realistic Retail price should transfer into a reasonable Advance Payment for Motability customers. Prices from £699 AP. Full Prices here

 

 

Citroen C5 Aircross PHEV

34 miles on battery alone and 225hp in total. Even around 180hp left when the batteries run out.

It could be a solution for many and the massive AP £3749 could be offloaded with cheaper running costs

Removed from Scheme after two days!

 

Q4 roundup

Prices have increased, as promised. Seat has decided to swim against the tide this quarter and offer the discounts needed to keep their prices down. The Leon is the pick along with the newly updated Ateca. Full Seat pricelist here. The VW Tiguan, Peugeot 3008 and 5008 are not listed as they are having their mid life update. Ford Kuga prices are competitive, some have even reduced by up to £500. Hyundai IONIQ has reduced back to its previous good value.

 

Prices and chat:

The Forum has all the chat on this page:

Q4 Pricing and information – New Motability prices 1st October 2020 – Which Mobility Car Forum

 

New Motability Prices

New Quarter 4 Prices to be released 1st October

Following the Covid closure, Quarter 2 prices were released on 4th June with orders only open to existing customers, July 1st (Q3 July – September) opened the Scheme to all customers and price increases to all but a few vehicles. Despite these increases Motability sales have reached new heights, August was the busiest in history with 15741 registrations and reports from the ground are that September has left many Motability specialists creaking under demand.

The new Motability prices will be published on Thursday October 1st 2020. Quarter 4 (Autumn) prices run from 1st October through to December 31st 2020. 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 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.

 

Motability Grants

Grants are operated by the charitable arm of Motability and offer means tested assistance for those that need financial help in order to access the merits of a Motability vehicle. Grants are open following a Covid closure but there is a backlog of work so expect a little delay in processing your application, first point of contact is to call them on 0800 500 3186, they are open from
10.00 am to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday. https://www.motability.org.uk/grants/

 

Quarter 4 Price Warning

Motability are advising customers to act quickly to protect against potential price rises due to disrupted supply chains and a challenging marketplace. We have confirmation from a number of Manufacturers this is indeed the case and we will see an increase in Advance Payments for Q4.

In order to decipher the reason for price increases now we need to look closer at the way Motability work: Motability purchase the vehicle directly from the manufacturer at an agreed discounted price and then lease it to us the customer, payment is received from the mobility element of the PIP/DLA/WPMS/AFIP entitlement directly to Motability which will only go so far so there may be a top up payment chargeable at the start of the lease, referred to as an Advance Payment. As Motability cannot increase the monthly allowance they receive the only way they can receive more payment is by adjusting the Advance Payment up or down. The way this Advance Payment is calculated is complicated and includes the purchase cost, the cost of borrowing the money to buy the vehicle, repair and upkeep costs, insurance costs, the cost of running the organisation (wages etc) and not to be overlooked the resale value of the vehicle at the end of the lease.

The challenging market place they refer to is double barrelled: Covid 19 disruption and impending Brexit. Covid 19 has changed many things but the major change is an uncertainty to the market place. The initial lockdown means that Motability sales to the end of August 2020 are 41278 down on the same point in 2019. There is potential for further disruption through the second wave or heaven forbid third wave of Covid. Fewer sales leads to an increase in Advance Payments as the business has a base line revenue that it needs to receive and the cost of this is split between fewer customers. Brexit is the Elephant in the room and offers greater scope for financial uncertainty and disruption to the supply chain, purchase cost and potential resale value of the vehicle.

In short Motability have hit something of a ‘perfect storm’ of uncertainty. Following the parliamentary review of last year into Motability many would suggest using the cash reserves to cushion the blow and not increase prices to the customer who are in turn suffering at the hands of Covid 19 and Brexit disruption.  Sadly as the same parliamentary review revealed, this is not the way Motability Operations run their business. We may never see a return to the choice of vehicles and competitive pricing of previous years but by the end of 2020 we may have more idea in the direction we are travelling.

 

Quarter 3 Review

Following the resumption of business following the Covid break there were 1949 vehicles on the Scheme, this reduced to 1878 at the start of Quarter 3 (July 1st). As at September 22nd the number sits at 1783.

New cars that joined during the Quarter include the Kia Soul Electric, new Skoda Octavia, updated Seat Ateca, Honda E Electric car and the large Vauxhall Vivaro Life.

 

Quarter 4 News

Aside from price increases, new cars that should/could make their way onto the Scheme include:

 

 

Peugeot 3008 / 5008

Not a new car but a facelift and update for 2021 the new Peugeot 3008 and 5008 adds hybrid powertrains a flashy front and increased cabin technology. 3008 entry level Active spec cars get 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone air conditioning, a DAB radio and rear parking sensors. Upgrading to the Active Pack adds electrically foldable mirrors and front parking sensors while range-topping GT spec comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, a black contrasting roof panel, full LED headlamps and Alcantara upholstery. Opting for the GT Pack brings 19-inch alloy wheel and a hands-free tailgate. release date to Scheme to be confirmed.

 

Volkswagen Tiguan

Not a new car but a facelift and update for 2021 the new Volkswagen Tiguan offers with a new front, extra tech and new hybrid powertrains. Released later this year – will join Scheme once available at retail, possibly November.

 

 

 

 

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