The acquisition of a car is an important decision that requires some serious decisions. If you think your lifestyles, preferences or budget options will be changing within the next few years. From the details of the car itself, to the resources you have for this investment there is truly a lot to consider.
This article will provide some important advice that can make the visit to your Motability Dealerships more successful. It is a good idea to review these important aspects when selecting the best car for your needs.
You should begin by shortlisting your car options with our effective car search feature. After this you will want to contact the local car dealership and get in touch with their motability expert, this way you can be sure they will be at your service when you need to choose the best car for you. On the bog day when you will go to the dealership, it is a good idea to take a trusted and ideally, experienced companion. A car is a big decision and the second opinion can benefit you in many ways. You may also nominate an experienced driver to come with you and test the car.
To get a good idea of the car’s condition and performance, it is a good idea to take it out on the road. You will want to keep your ears open and listen to the shifting of the gears, the motions of the suspension and any other clicks, grunts or tugs that can be an indication that something isn’t right. Don’t just circle the block either, take the car up a steep incline, on the expressway at higher speeds and finally in a parking lot to practice some precision motions.
Speaking to your Motability specialist
Make the most of your dealer’s expertise and experience before making your final decision. This mobility car supplier has given us the following as a suggested list of questions that you should ask your dealer.
1. Can I test drive the vehicle before purchase?
Sure thing, a test drive is the only way to be sure that a car will meet your needs in transportation and last you long enough to be a good investment. This is another good reason to have a buddy along for the test ride. Most often you will need to call up your dealership and set an appointment for testing the specific cars you are interested in. This will be a good time to talk with them and ask what type of car is best for the journey’s you will make.
2. Can those under the age of 25 drive the vehicle?
Restrictions exist that keep younger drivers from test driving vehicles and you can find more information here. You will want to bring any intended test drivers with you along with their driver’s license. You can also double check if the car is suitable for all types of drivers or if there are specifics that call for expertise.
3. Can I try my wheelchair or other mobility aids and equipment in different cars?
It is a good idea to bring all you can possibly imagine you will need to check for proper spacing and accessibility. You will be able to check the door’s width, the sill height and the spacing in the boot. IT will be essential to gather all the important needs and have them ready for the dealer.
4. I’m new to the Motability Scheme, is it possible to trade in my old vehicle?
There are trade-in options available at most dealerships this may help to offset the cost of your initial payment or cover extras you’d like included. You will want to discuss trade in options with your dealer.
5. Would an automatic be more suitable?
Considering your needs as a driver, many adaptations in these vehicles require an automatic transmission, but there are exceptions and they could alter the costs of the vehicle. When you are talking with your Motability specialist, you can consider the special needs and preferences you are looking for and inquire further. If you are looking for an automatic, be sure you discuss your needs in advance with your dealer as these can take longer to find.
6. What about optional extras?
You can also think about extras like adjustable or leather seats and electric windows, these different features are available in different models and will affect the costs differently.
7. What do I need to do to place my order?
Your dealer will contact you when your car is ready to be collected at the dealership. MAke sure you arrange a convenient time to process proper paperwork with your dealer. You will need to include the following items.
-- Your Certificate of Entitlement -- this document is provided by the Department of Work and used to certify that you do have Motability Allowance and will for at least 12 months.
-- A utility bill which will verify your home address.
--Anyone you’d like to include in the insurance should also be present with their driver’s license. If they can’t attend, they can also fill out a driver’s consent form.
-- Your online application can be completed there at the motability dealership, and they can also guide you through the simple forms included in the Motability Scheme. This will allow you to get the vehicle you need in your situation for as long as it may last.
8. What happens if I change my mind?
If you reconsider your decision you must contact your dealer and discuss the possibility of cancelling your application. There may be a cancellation fee included in these situations and so it is worth asking them about this on the initial visit.
9. Can I collect my car at the weekend?
As long as your have the PIN number, you can pick up your car on the weekend. IF you don’t have this number you may still be able to access the car. Without Some of this vital information, you may not be allowed to pick up your vehicle. This is also something to check with your individual dealer as not all dealers are open on the weekend.
10. Do I need any adaptations?
You will want to make sure you can board and alight from your cart with ease and comfort. Then you will need to make sure you can load all your necessities as well. After you have loaded and boarded take a moment to ask yourself how you feel. If you are unsure, your dealer may be able to offer you some alternatives.