Just noticed that Motability have increased their up front payments for Higher Rate DLA recipients, and War Motabilty Supplement pensions from today.
Previously it was around £2400 upfront payment on the standard 1.8 petrol Insignia, that has now increased to £3,449, while the diesel is £4,949.
Having a joke arn't they. Even for people like myself who receive the Mobility War Pension Supplement its only about 1K less.
Do they seriously think many disabled people are going to stump up £4,949 pre-payment fee in order to have a Insignia, I think not.
For the diesel version, that means the total amount you pay over the 3 years contract including your upfront payment is £12,242 and you own nothing at the end. No doubt some who haven't done their sums may sign up, but I would be surprised if many do. Especially when you can pick up the 1.8 for less than 13k, and diesel 160 exclusiv's for well under 14k.
Just shows what a ripoff Motability are. They have stopped listing the Vectra on the scheme which was only £249 pre-payment.
Best deal for anyone thinking of going this direction for their next new car and wanting a decent car could do worse than the new Mondeo 2.0 Zetec, which only costs £1,450 up-front or only £578 for war pension recipients.
Certainly a better option finanially on the scheme than the Insignia, so it looks to me like VX will be losing an awful lot of sales from what is normally considered a very lucrative market for manufacturers. ( Motability Finance are by far the single largest purchaser of new cars in the UK)