It's good to see someone as organised as me Hayley, lol. Our motability vehicle isn't due for renewal until next June, but I'm already working out the finances etc
This thread has already answered a couple of questions for me, so thank you
We have a Toyota Previa at the moment (we had the money to pay the downpayment ourselves 2 years ago) - which is perfect for us - unfortunately we found out recently that production has ceased, so it won't be available next year
So, not only do we this time have to apply for the grant, but we also have to do the whole 'checking every possible option' trek around the car showrooms of two counties (we live on a border)
On past experience, we can manage about one car a week before it takes it's toll on hubby, so it's a long drawn out process - we'll probably start sometime in December
We're a family of 5 - hubby is the DLA recipient, and also the driver, and needs wide opening doors, no sills etc for access, an auto transmission and hand controls because of his various problems (not all HMS). He's also 6'3. The kids are young - 6, 3.5 and 14 months, but all three are hypermobile and also need the enhanced access and space we get from the Previa. By the time we've loaded hubby's wheelchair, littlest's buggy and a week's shopping in, we've filled the boot, and that' after taking one or both of the back seats out.
Two years ago, our next best option was the Sharan, although that wasn't ideal, and we didn't know no.3 was even going to happen at that point. so we're panicking a little already, lol.
However Retro's link has brought up the possibility of us keeping the Previa for another 2 years - apparently it can be done if the vehicle will still be suitable and it's the cheapest option, which I imagine it will be. Thank you Retro for that little ray of hope