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    Hi Pink,

    I have a Motability vehicle, although it is not a WAV but when I reach that point I know that Motability will allow me to change. I will try to make a case for you to consider. You asked about new versus second hand and as far as I know Motability do offer almost new at a lower upfront price.

    In my 49 years of driving as part of my career I have owned many cars and had the use of company vehicles. When someone other than you owns the vehicle they are responsible for it and keeping you mobile. When your own vehicle breaks down, has a punctured tyre or needs a new exhaust you have to sort it out. It requires a special discipline to put money aside for repairs and replacement of the car. Motability vehicles usually have an upfront cost and this varies on the make and model but after that you pay for nothing but fuel. One of the most common forms of new car purchase currently is pcp which in many ways is similar to the Motability scheme where you pay a sum upfront and then monthly payments (in my case the mobility allowance of pip) and every 3 years you repeat the process. Of course one could take the fatalistic view with MND and argue how many 3 year periods have I got but I am a glass half full person and I have a slow progression version of the disease.

    I appreciate everyone’s opinion may differ from mine depending on circumstances but you are right to think long and hard about it. Please also consider that if you are in a wheelchair within a WAV your centre of gravity is different from seated passengers and if you have neck issues then you will find the ride uncomfortable. I have several friends with MND who can’t travel far in their vehicle because of this.

    Good luck choosing and let us know how you get on.

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    Thanks Barry. I think what's stopping me wanting new is the fact we've never had a new car before and it feels that we are being a bit extravagant. Stupid really! I feel my husband would really benefit from not having the worry of anything going wrong and the expenses when it does. I've just spoken to my mum and she said just go for it you deserve it!
    I don't have neck problems at the moment so I'm hoping it won't be too uncomfortable. I'll let you know how we get on later.

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    Pink, re Neck Issues - it isn't the case that you won't be comfortable in a WAV if you've weak neck muscles. With a decent neck brace and headrest for support, your head/neck comfort won't be any worse than as a car seat passenger.

    Hope you can sort out a WAV soon - in time for summer days out

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    Hi everyone. Just got back from the garage. Hubby is happy with the zafira. Does anyone know of the cost of the adaptions are funded or do we need to pay. (a ramp would need to be fitted)

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    Hi Pink,

    The alterations are normally done by a specialist company on a new vehicle as the floor will probably need to be lowered etc.

    Love Terry

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    Thanks Terry but who foots the bill. The salesman wasn't sure!

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    Pink:

    Your mail confuses me.
    If it is a WAV it should have a ramp.
    Also the Zafira is not a well-known WAV conversion. I think the reason is the Zafira tends to be underpowered. I owned one. Great car but underpowered and may be so with a heavy wheelchair.
    There are hundreds of used, nearly new, and new WAVs out there with fully equipped manual or electric ramps.
    Why are you looking to fit a ramp.
    Forgive me but it sounds unnecessary given the vehicles out there.
    I am trying to save you stress.

    Charles

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    Hi Charles. It has to be fitted as it's brand new. The guy told us that the cars on motability are always brand new. We're very new to this so not quite sure of the system.

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    Hi Pink;

    If you are going to buy a brand new WAV with or without motability, you probably are best to go directly to the firms that do it.

    Maybe you're trying to run before you can walk.

    There is a useful information sheet 12b on the subject and that might explain things better:-

    https://www.mndassociation.org/wp-co...ht-vehicle.pdf

    Charles is right in saying there's hundreds of WAV's out there, new and used. You probably can't just fit a ramp to most vans or cars so I reckon the sales person had no idea about Motability.

    I would not be over worried about the power of the engine unless you live in a very hilly area.

    Have a read of 12b and see what it says, please ask any questions you have after that and we will be happy to help, as always.

    Love Terry

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    Thanks Terry I'll have a look.

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