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    No Transport

    After jumping through the hoops to keep my driving licence and obtain a blue badge, my car has finally failed the mot at the grand old age of 22 years, she is too costly to repair.
    I get standard PIP so can't get motability car and can't afford to buy one. Looks like I save on tax, insurance and fuel relying on internet shopping, but as we have no public transport, I won't be able to get to the doctor, or the job centre if required. any way round this?

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    Its always a problem with rural living.

    No car (or unable to drive) you have to rely on public transport.
    "Apply for a disability bus pass".
    No public transport because it's all been cut

    "So pay for a taxi, you're saved all the money you were spending on a car".
    But there's no taxi firms round here.

    "So move to a town/city".
    Are you going to find me a place to live in?
    (And help me afford it).

    "Get yourself a bike, cycling is good for you".
    Typical government/DWP answer, never mind if your legs or arms don't work.

    Sorry I've no real answer, just showing that I understand the problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nukecad View Post

    Sorry I've no real answer, just showing that I understand the problems.
    and much appreciated too

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    It looks like you have a sort of dial-a-ride in your area.

    Not as convenient as your own car but free. http://communities.suffolkonboard.com/my-area/


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    Have you looked at car leasing?

    Some posters on here have said in the past they have found it to be cheaper than motability.

    I don't know what your budget would be, or if you need an adapted car, but these are in the £100-200 a month range.
    Of course there is also an up front payment which may be a stumbling block.
    https://www.car4leasing.co.uk/conten...r-leasing.aspx

    I'm guessing though that if you could afford to lease then you could afford to buy a small car on manufacturers finance.

    Maybe consider daily or weekly car hire just for the days you need one?
    Some places will deliver the car to you.
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    Way out of my price league I'm afraid, I paid £270 for my last car, had it for 3 years and never put a spanner on it or replaced tyres,. The previous was £500 and lasted 4 years I even got cash back when I scrapped it. 2k up front is a dream rather than reality.
    I'd be looking for something around £300 max, a months PiP. My friend found a very nice Rover 75 diesel for £200 so there are some bargains out there if you are not too fussy, although I really do need an automatic now.

    The dial a ride for my village is very limited as I am a long way from their base, they operate two minibuses on school contracts, so travel times have to fit in with their timetable.

    I think that if I change our lifestyle, we can do without, after 45 years on the road professionally, its time I had a break from driving.

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    It's doable,

    It's about 30 years since I last drove a car.

    For everyday life it all depends on just how rural you are and where the nearest shop is.

    Then there are things like doctors, pharmacies and so on to consider.

    Of course these extra rural costs are not considered.
    (You need to live in London to get extra costs considered ).
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    Hi, can you get there using a scooter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird View Post
    Hi, can you get there using a scooter?
    My thoughts exactly. Look on Ebay for bargains https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/Mobility-.../i.html?_pgn=2

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    Quote Originally Posted by firebird View Post
    Hi, can you get there using a scooter?
    I don't think a standard scooter would cope with our potholed roads, and the main arterial road is very busy. We are very rural with narrow lanes, no paths, steep hills and a lot of mud. I think it would eventually get to the JCP but probably not enough juice to get home again.

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