One of the leading motor dealerships in southern England is gearing up for an increase in Motability Scheme customers looking to buy self-charging hybrid Toyota vehicles.
Family-run Snows Motor Group has seen a rise in consumer interest for hybrids, which combine an electric motor and standard combustion engine to reduce vehicle emissions.
It is a trend borne by latest UK industry figures for new cars - registrations of petrol and diesel cars fell whilst hybrid and plug-in vehicles posted an increase of nearly 4%.
The Motability Scheme is the lending car scheme for disabled people.
It offers a brand new car every three years, with 60,000 mileage allowance over three years, road tax, insurance servicing maintenance, windscreen and tyres replacement cost built in, accident and breakdown cover, and fully comprehensive insurance for two named drivers.
Snows, established by late founder Geoff Snow in 1962, represents 18 brands overall, with locations in Berkshire, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Somerset, Surrey, West Sussex and Wiltshire.
Michelle Thompson, Snows’ marketing manager, said: “Motability Scheme customers want the choice of being able to purchase cars which reduce vehicle emissions – and we are well placed to supply self-charging hybrids.”
One brand which has been long associated with hybrid technology is Toyota, with more than 10 million people choosing Toyota hybrid cars since the pioneering Prius blazed the trail for green-minded motorists back in 1997.
Across the region, Snows Toyota has eight sites which are accredited as Motability Scheme specialists.
Michelle said: “Staff can help you select the hybrid vehicle that suits your needs, either at one of our dealerships or in the comfort of your own home.”
Toyota’s Motability Scheme range includes a range of hybrids, such as the Yaris, Auris, Auris Touring Sports, C-HR, Rav4 and Prius.
Early next year (2019) sees Toyota launch the first-ever Corolla saloon hybrid, followed by two other hybrids - the sporty crossover Rav4 and mid-size Camry.
Michelle said: “Not only do Motability Scheme customers get peace of mind with the leasing of a new car, they help lessen the impact on the environment with self-charging Toyota hybrid cars.”
She added: “At Toyota, subject to eligibility, the majority of the Motability Scheme cars are available with £0 advance payment, saving you money in the long-term. As most of the costs of running a car are covered by the scheme, you only need to think about your fuel bill.”