Disabled lending car scheme drives forward in Hampshire

DRIVING FORWARD: Hampshire Motability Motor Show at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton. Motor retailer Snows co-hosted the event, in its third year, with fellow dealership operators Hendy and Picador. Pictured from left at the Snows’ area are group chairman Stephen Snow, Ross Perks, general sales manager BMW at Snows Portsmouth, Motability Operations’ Joel Andresier, dealer development manager – dealer relations, Richard Betts, group corporate sales manager at Snows, and Kelly Hare, sales executive at Snows BMW in Portsmouth.

Three large dealerships joined forces for the third annual Hampshire Motability Motor Show to raise continued awareness of the Motability Scheme.

Held at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton, the day-long event was co-hosted by Snows Group, Picador and Hendy.

It was an opportunity for visitors, a number of whom are wheelchair users, to test out the different makes of cars and vans at one location in Hampshire, which has a population of 1.76 million.

They could make informed decisions without the inconvenience of getting to and from various dealerships around the county.

AT THE WHEEL: A visitor at Hampshire Motability Motor Show, held at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton, tries out a brand-new MINI through Snows MINI Portsmouth.

Richard Betts, group corporate sales manager at Snows, which is part of the Motability Scheme dealer network, said: “There was keen interest from current and potential Motability Scheme customers because you can drive away a reliable, affordable, brand new car.

“Visitors like being able to sit in all sorts of models from the major manufacturers and then, informally, discuss performance, handling, access, stowage, adaptions and affordable deposit options – without having to drive to various showrooms across Hampshire.

“With the peace of mind that leasing a new car brings, the aim is to make Hampshire Motability Motor Show the go-to event for Motability Scheme customers in the region.”

Richard added: “Our Snows teams on location have been inundated with follow-up requests for appointments and one person bought there and then.

“It is worth pointing out that war pensioners, along with service personnel and military veterans with injuries, illnesses and wounds received whilst serving in the British Armed Forces, may well be eligible.”

Joel Andresier, dealer development manager at Motability Operations, works closely with Snows along with 800-plus other franchised dealerships within his remit.

He said: “We’re grateful to Snows, Hendy and Picador for hosting the third annual Hampshire Motability Motor Show.

“Feedback from visitors has been excellent and we look forward to showcasing a range of top marques again at the show in 2019.

“We know that customers find it useful to be able to see a range of cars in one place and have experts on hand to answer their questions, which is what makes this show so successful and why we’re happy to support it.”

Exclusive to Snows Portsmouth is nil advance payment on eligible BMW models.

Marques on display at the Ageas Bowl: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Citroën, Dacia, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, KIA, Mazda, MINI, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT, Suzuki, Toyota, Vauxhall and Volvo.

Snows, with 835 staff, has 45 dealerships covering 19 brands, operating from 28 locations across nine counties in the South of England.

 

How the Motability Scheme works

TRY-AND-BUY: A visitor at Hampshire Motability Motor Show, held at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton, tries out a brand-new BMW through Snows Portsmouth, a new and approved BMW retailer.

TRY-AND-BUY: A visitor at Hampshire Motability Motor Show, held at the Ageas Bowl near Southampton, tries out a brand-new BMW through Snows Portsmouth, a new and approved BMW retailer.

Disabled people who receive either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement or Armed Forces Independence Payment can choose to exchange their weekly allowance to pay for the lease of a vehicle through the Motability Scheme.

As well as leasing a car of your choice, running costs  such as insurance, breakdown cover, servicing and maintenance are included in the cost of the lease.

A typical lease is three years and, at the end of the lease, you can hand the car back and choose to select a new car under a new lease.

Motability Scheme customers don’t all choose to drive themselves – insurance is included for up to two named drivers.

In exchange for part – or all – of your mobility benefit, you can lease a brand-new vehicle from Snows Group over a three-year period through the Motability Scheme.

Many models are available for just the cost of the allowance with nothing else to pay, while others will require an Advance Payment at the beginning of the agreement.

To find out if you could benefit, or a family member or friend, please click on: https://www.snowsgroup.co.uk/motability/

 

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