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Please help disabled driver choose a car

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,852 ✭✭✭homer simpson


    why not concider a pugeot 308 auto, my grandfather has one its a lovley car looks very sporty and the seating posisiton is good and high in them, even before the mobility stuff is fitted?


  • Registered Users Posts: 73,381 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm


    why not concider a pugeot 308 auto,


    1) The emissions are 174 g/km so the fuel consumption will be high
    2) it's 26 grand
    3) It's only available in a 5 door
    4) It'll be worthless second hand
    5) The road tax is 630 for the next owner


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,852 ✭✭✭homer simpson


    where are you from colm?

    im fed up getting told off like a schoolboy every time i post a suggestion on here, concider this me last post in motors section


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    where are you from colm?

    im fed up getting told off like a schoolboy every time i post a suggestion on here, concider this me last post in motors section


    I dont think he means to "tell you off"? TBF, Colm seems to know what he's talking about!?


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,502 ✭✭✭✭vectra


    Colm seems to know what he's talking about!?


    I will rephrase that
    "Colm KNOWS what he is talking about" ;)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 73,381 ✭✭✭✭colm_mcm


    where are you from colm?

    im fed up getting told off like a schoolboy every time i post a suggestion on here, concider this me last post in motors section
    Jeez take it easy! If you'd read the rest of the (really long!) thread you'd see what the OP is looking for in a car, the 308 just doesn't fit any of the criteria. Don't take it personally.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    colm_mcm wrote: »
    Jeez take it easy! If you'd read the rest of the (really long!) thread you'd see what the OP is looking for in a car, the 308 just doesn't fit any of the criteria. Don't take it personally.



    :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    Anyone got any opinions on the VW Golf TSI? I saw one yesterday and was like: http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/Science/Images/drooling-homer-simpson.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,953 ✭✭✭rocky


    Did you see the actual engine that got you salivating :)? TSI is a designation for the engine, not the trim level. The new TSI has 122BHP or 160BHP.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    rocky wrote: »
    Did you see the actual engine that got you salivating :)? TSI is a designation for the engine, not the trim level. The new TSI has 122BHP or 160BHP.


    LOL no. Just the car. Am gonna stick with the Comfortline 1.2l DSG model.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,953 ✭✭✭rocky


    Ah, forgot about the 105BHP one. I think it's a new engine, it should have the same BHP/capacity ratio of the 1.4-122BHP one, so it's not 'forced' as some would say.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,025 ✭✭✭Row


    Donal Murtagh outside Athlone has one of the largest selection of secondhand Wheelchair Accessible vehicles is Ireland for those who are
    are interested in the second hand market.
    http://www.donalmurtaghcars.com/used-cars.html
    I bought a car from him a few years ago and he's dead on...;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    Lads & lassies

    I forgot to mention some stuff throughout this thread. Dunno if it's gonna have much bearing on my choice of car, but here goes:

    As I am a disabled driver, I have one of those electric seat raising mechanisms for my front seat - this means that the mechanism is bolted in through the floor of the car.

    Would something like this assist me with a car that has a higher driving position? I also use a transfer board to get in/out of the car.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    What do people think of these figures? I asked the dealer who I bought the Fiesta from, how much it would cost me to change, and this is what he came back with:

    If you were changing your car for the same again ie. 2010 fiesta automatic it would cost you approximately €6500 with a vat refund of €2500 back to you. If you changed for a Focus 3dr automatic it would cost you €9500 with a vat refund of €3500 back to you. These prices include vrt and ford allowances and a trade in price of approximately €10200 on your car.,
    If you are looking for a bigger car the Focus auto is as good as any car on the road at the moment. It has a 2 litre diesel triptronic with 6 speeds and is the latest and most up to date gearbox on the market.

    MP


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,822 ✭✭✭✭EPM


    The Focus has the powershift box in that case. By all accounts it's a good gearbox, similar to the DSG in the Golf. AFAIK it can be had with the 1.6 diesel now as well as the 2.0 litre detuned to 110 brake


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,672 ✭✭✭✭R.O.R


    EPM wrote: »
    The Focus has the powershift box in that case. By all accounts it's a good gearbox, similar to the DSG in the Golf. AFAIK it can be had with the 1.6 diesel now as well as the 2.0 litre detuned to 110 brake

    Think it's still only with the 2.0d 110bhp.

    Could be a winner http://www.carzone.ie/new-cars/Ford/Focus/2.0-TDCI-110PS-POWERSHIFT-STYLE/789356720100126/

    OP
    Pricing sounded OK and the Focus is a nice car. No armrest in the Style model to get in the way of your seat. Should be a good bit more powerful than your current Fiesta without being an absolute rocket.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    Tbh, I'm not too interested in loads of power. Not looking for a rocket!? Also, I can remember, when I was learning to drive in the Focus, I did have a lot of difficulty getting in & out of it, in regards to the height of it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    Another handicap(sic) that us disabled drivers/passengers have(in my humble opinion) is, that, when we are looking to purchase any new cars, we are unable to try the cars out - ie: we are unable to bring them for test drives etc, because they don't have the required adaptations until after we purchase the vehicle. IMO, there should be some sort of a scheme set up whereby disabled drivers/passengers are able to try out a car before they decide to spend money on it!? What do other disabled people think about this?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 13,822 ✭✭✭✭EPM


    Another handicap(sic) that us disabled drivers/passengers have(in my humble opinion) is, that, when we are looking to purchase any new cars, we are unable to try the cars out - ie: we are unable to bring them for test drives etc, because they don't have the required adaptations until after we purchase the vehicle. IMO, there should be some sort of a scheme set up whereby disabled drivers/passengers are able to try out a car before they decide to spend money on it!? What do other disabled people think about this?

    Aren't there some hand controls that are an easy enough fit? without too much damage?

    My old Focus was owned by a disabled driver before me and the only trim damage was a tine 1 inch hole in the steering column where you couldn't see.

    Should be done at a distributor level though. I'd imagine if you had a small central fleet of demos that could be booked they'd make a killing stealing sales from other manufacturers


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,530 ✭✭✭Duck's hoop


    You can get H/controls that fit any car in minutes, no tools. These are not suitable for permanent attachment but are used to 'jury-rig' rentals and cars for a test drive.

    They're not cheap, though if you'll get the use out of 'em try Sportaid. Just google it.

    Actually, here's a link - http://www.sportaid.com/colours-az-1-portable-hand-controls.html


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    Another thing that I have completely forgotten until now, is the PMC!!!! Will I need the original copy, or will the office in Monaghan still have that? I originally had one from the time I was registered as a passenger..?

    I've just spoken to a friend of mine about the deal Ive been offered, and he is of the opinion that I may be getting ripped off by this guy??? According to him, I would have to spend the guts of 16k to change my car!!!? I went through all the figures that I have been given with him, and that is the conclusion that he came to!?

    I'm having second thoughts..........


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    OP here again:

    Went lookin at a couple of cars today. Looked at the Golf 3 door Comfortline model, beautiful car. I fell in love with it almost immediately. It has loads of space in it. Much bigger than I imagined. I also had a quick look at an Audi A3. Nice car, a little bit small though.

    Am waiting to get an e-mail from one of the dealers in relation to what deal he can offer me for my car -2008 Ford Fiesta 1.4l tiptronic.


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,502 ✭✭✭✭vectra


    Another thing that I have completely forgotten until now, is the PMC!!!! Will I need the original copy, or will the office in Monaghan still have that? I originally had one from the time I was registered as a passenger..?
    .

    I am certain the Monaghan Office holds that and sends youi a dd1 form when you are ready to change ;)


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    vectra wrote: »
    I am certain the Monaghan Office holds that and sends youi a dd1 form when you are ready to change ;)


    Thanks. Also, do you have to wait until the entire 2 years is up, or can you change before then? I'm worried that I won't get as good a deal as I have been offered now....?


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,502 ✭✭✭✭vectra


    Thanks. Also, do you have to wait until the entire 2 years is up, or can you change before then? I'm worried that I won't get as good a deal as I have been offered now....?

    I actually rang them recently as i got a flaming good offer to trade up to a Seat Leon FR 2.0 Petrol..
    I thought i may be able to bring the date forward a bit and they told me my due date was 21st Aug. Anything before that and I have to re-pay them 80% of what they gave me :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    vectra wrote: »
    I actually rang them recently as i got a flaming good offer to trade up to a Seat Leon FR 2.0 Petrol..
    I thought i may be able to bring the date forward a bit and they told me my due date was 21st Aug. Anything before that and I have to re-pay them 80% of what they gave me :o


    F**k that. I'll hang on till my due date....think its sometime in July??


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    .................would I be losing much on my car by hanging on until July??


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,502 ✭✭✭✭vectra


    F**k that. I'll hang on till my due date....think its sometime in July??

    Ring them and get your date

    .................would I be losing much on my car by hanging on until July??

    Not as much as you would have to pay them back in Monaghan


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,634 ✭✭✭✭Mental Mickey


    vectra wrote: »
    Ring them and get your date




    Not as much as you would have to pay them back in Monaghan


    Thanks.....just got a text from a friend and he told me that, if I wanted to change before my due date, I would have to repay the VAT on my current car.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,502 ✭✭✭✭vectra


    Thanks.....just got a text from a friend and he told me that, if I wanted to change before my due date, I would have to repay the VAT on my current car.

    You would have to pay back 80% of the VRT
    I dont know how much VAT would have to be paid


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