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    A few months ago we looked into buying a new car on Motability. Due to problems with supply we found dealers were unwilling to engage with this because it reduced their margins. Ok when they’re selling plenty of cars but not when supply is short. We are now looking at WAVs, again on Motability and I wondered if anyone has any experience of this recently. We’ve spoken to one dealer who quoted lead times of up to a year!

    #2
    This Motability event might be worth a visit if it fits with your location and timescales?

    https://motabilityonebigday.co.uk

    I’m going to the Birmingham one in May to see about upgrading my current vehicle 👍

    James
    Foxes Never Quit 💙

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      #3
      Hi James. Yes that’s a good idea. It’s at the NEC and only 15 minutes away so we’ll try and get along to that. Thanks

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        #4
        Originally posted by Tony View Post
        Hi James. Yes that’s a good idea. It’s at the NEC and only 15 minutes away so we’ll try and get along to that. Thanks
        I might see you there 👍😅
        Foxes Never Quit 💙

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          👍

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            #6
            Tony
            This is on my "to do" list to investigate, so will also be interested in any replies.


            We’ve spoken to one dealer who quoted lead times of up to a year!
            That's shocking! I wonder if this is representative of all dealers?
            Started limping 2017, diagnosed August 2021. Wheelchair user and reduced shoulder function. Trying to be positive 😺.

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              #7
              We saw the massive up front payments and waiting times of a year (or more) and panicked. I'm already full time powerchair user, so can't wait that long. We sold our car and bought a second hand adapted VW caddy off ebay. It's fantastic.
              Diagnosis confirmed Jan 2022 (age 46) after several years ignored/ misdiagnosed.

              Symptoms began in left foot 2017. Now mainly left side, speech and some loss on right side too.

              Unable to walk unaided (powerchair user), poor speech, left hand behaves like a drunk toddler but generally positive and determined.

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                #8
                We had similar issues when looking at WAVs on motability. We bought a second hand VW caddy max from a dealer who buys ex motability vehicles at auction. It’s been great and it’s future proof.

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                  #9
                  Like others we purchased our wav 2nd hand. Motability I thought was crazy money.
                  Diagnosed May 2021 bulbar onset als.

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                    #10
                    Thanks for the responses everyone I think we may have to look at the second hand market. Really pleased to hear that you are able to enjoy using the WAVs, that’s very encouraging.

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                      #11
                      Lead times are huge at the moment due to chip shortages, COVID, and Brexit. I had someone rear end my Wav just before Christmas and I’m hoping to get it back next week - parts availability the main problem.

                      In my view, Motability is a rip off. Particularly for the larger WAVs which you may find more useful for the bigger wheelchairs.

                      The secondhand market is one option as others have mentioned. You may also find that some of the WAV specialist manufacturers have preordered some vehicles for conversion, and in some cases there is little difference between the cost of a new one vs second hand. I got our WAV from Brotherwood (who manufacture), and they had preordered vehicles available to buy. Only had to wait about 6 weeks for our vehicle, and it is fantastic. They also have some second hand ones on their website.

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                        #12
                        Stubot thanks for that, I’ll check out their website

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                          #13
                          NEC event guide…..

                          https://motabilityonebigday.co.uk/wp...n=obd-tbe-2022

                          Foxes Never Quit 💙

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                            #14
                            Just to chip in to the conversation...
                            I was likewise panicking about not being able to get hold of a WAV while I still have some ability to get around in it by myself.
                            I am quite tall, so found that needing at least 56 inches of entry / headroom space eliminated most of the smaller vehicles.
                            I looked at all possibilities - Motability (no supply, long lead times), second hand (expensive), nearly new (rare, because people are having to hang onto them), and auctions (minefield), but eventually managed to bag a Peugeot Boxer van with a tail lift on the Motability Nearly New scheme.

                            Some may question how the finances of the Motability scheme work for them, but my urgent desire to get something that could shift me in my powerchair outweighed all other considerations.
                            My WAV arrives on Tuesday, and I can't wait
                            Hi, I'm Eddie.
                            Started with wobbly left ankle in Nov 2020. Diagnosed 22 Oct 2021, confirmed by 2nd opinion 4 days later.
                            Still walking and talking, and wondering what the future will bring.

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                              #15
                              Lcfcno1fan thanks for the link. Looking forward to it.

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