Our Source of Ex Mobility Cars

Motability Operations is an organisation which operates and distributes a Standard Family Car or a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) to over 500,000 disabled people throughout the UK.

Mfldirect is the vehicle remarketing arm of Motability Operations. When their customers return a car, as long as we're told that the car meets the mfldirect Condition Standards, it is made available for sale on mfldirect Dealer Portal to registered dealers like Oak Garage at Sterling Park, Brierley Hill. Mfldirect.co.uk is exclusively available to the UK motor trade and supplies more than 160,000 ex-Motability cars through mfldirect.co.uk every year, making MFLDirect of the UK's biggest vehicle remarketers.

Many Registered Dealers use mfldirect.co.uk as a source of good quality, One Owner, Full Main Dealer maintained cars, and often Low Mileage. All of our stock consists of ex-Motability fleet cars meaning you will have access to the widest range of used cars available to the UK trade. The vast majority will be one owner, low mileage and full dealer service history. The range covers nearly 40 manufacturers and 240 models.

The only cars that appear on mfldirect.co.uk are those we are told meet the mfldirect Condition Standards. Selected cars offered at Oak Garage will be of a retail standard that is commensurate with age and mileage.

The prices are market driven and reviewed weekly. The website, www.oakgarage.co.uk, is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our Sales Site and offices are open 7 days a week.

The mfldirect vehicles are returned to dealerships located across the whole of the UK. Each vehicle made available for sale on mfldirect.co.uk will show a collection address. The collection is based on the distance the car has to travel to get us. When you buy a car from us we will show you the delivery cost, usually between £50 and £100. We can use the daily Car Search to see around 3,000 different models.

There are Daily Offers which can include earlier returns, one or 2-year-old, and Special Offers they wish to clear.

There are many different vehicles on the Motability Scheme, from various makes and types of cars to vehicles which can be accessed by wheelchair users, called Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles or WAVs. A WAV is a vehicle that has been converted so that you can stay in your wheelchair for the journey, either as a passenger or a driver.

Greener Car choices

We each have our part to play in reducing the environmental impact of our motoring and we are working to increase the ""greener' choices available to you on the Motability Scheme.

Exhaust emissions

Every car gives off different levels of exhaust emissions. One of the most harmful emissions is carbon dioxide (CO2) and car manufacturers are continually working to reduce this.

All new cars are tested and given a CO2 emission level rating. In line with banding introduced by the government, these range from A (the lowest CO2 emissions) to G (the highest CO2 emissions.) Cars with a CO2 emission level of 100g/km are considered low emission models. There are several low emission models available through the Motability Scheme

The majority of the low emission cars (bands A and B) are the models with smaller engines and/or body size, making them potentially unsuitable for those who require more space, for wheelchair storage or to carry multiple passengers, for example.

We recognises that one size does not fit all, and we therefore offer greener choices for all class of vehicle. With emission levels differing by up to 65g/km between various small family cars and 100g/km between MPVs, your choice of car model could make a significant difference in your environmental impact.

Diesel or petrol

You might also like to consider the type of fuel your car would use. Petrol and diesel engines have different effects on the environment.

Diesel - If most of the driving you do is long distance or on motorways, think about a diesel engine for fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions. Some manufacturers will fit an optional extra DPF (diesel particulate filter) which reduces air pollution from diesel engines.

Petrol - If most of your driving is in town where congestion is heavier, air quality is more important, a petrol engine may be best as they produce fewer air pollutants such as nitrous oxide and particulates.

Electric (EV)

If you wish to join the Eco Friendly family then we have a choice of Electric Vehicles to choose from the MFLDirect Range. Call for more info on the EV Vehicles.

Fuel efficiency (mpg)

The amount of fuel you use depends on how many miles per gallon (mpg) a car will do. Cars with a higher mpg cost less to run and produce lower CO2 emissions. By choosing a more fuel-efficient engine, you could save in fuel costs and reduce your engine CO2 emissions by up to 24 percent.

Eco Driving Tips

Check your tyres

Under-inflated tyres mean your engine has to work harder and will produce more CO2 emissions.

Clear the clutter

Remove unnecessary clutter from your boot and reduce your engine's workload.

Stick to the speed limit

High speeds produce more emissions. At 70mph you could be using up to 15 per cent more fuel than at 50mph.

Slow down as you approach traffic jams

Stop-start traffic jams use more fuel. Slow down early and take your foot off the accelerator.

Don't over-rev

Changing up a gear early can reduce revs. For diesels, change up when the rev counter reaches 2000rpm. For petrol cars, change up at 2500rpm.

Switch off your engine

If you are likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes switch off your engine.

Close windows

Keeping your windows closed at higher speeds will use less fuel.

Cut down on air-conditioning

Air-conditioning increases fuel consumption and produces more emissions.

Birmingham clean air zone - what is it and how will I be affected?

The new Clean Air Zone will be enforced in Birmingham next year, in the hope that it will reduce congestion and air pollution. Motability Scheme vehicles are not affected by this, but this article by PA Motoring provides information which might help you find out how this scheme is affecting other motorists in this area.

The government has granted funding for a new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in Birmingham city centre, and the new measures are due to be implemented from January 1 next year.

The scheme will charge a fee to drivers of higher-emitting vehicles around the city, with a goal of improving Birmingham's air quality and reducing its congestion levels.

Where does the new zone apply?

The clean air zone sits inside the A450 Middleway ring road. That means the whole of the city centre is included in it, as well as sections of the Jewellery Quarter, Bordesley and Newtown, Digbeth, Highgate and parts of Ladywood too.

Much like the low emission zone in London, whether or not you'll be able to drive your car into Birmingham's CAZ will depend on its age and efficiency.

To avoid paying a charge, your car will need to be a diesel of Euro 6 standard or better, or a petrol of Euro 4 standard or better. It means that most diesels registered before 1 September 2015, or petrols registered before 1 January 2006 will be liable to pay the charge - though it's worth checking beforehand.

Of course, zero-emissions electric vehicles don't have to pay the charge, and low-emissions vehicles such as hybrids won't have to either provided they meet Euro 6 diesel and Euro 4 petrol standards.

Cars entering the zone will be charged £8 per day, while lorries and buses will have to stump up £50 per day. Certain people won't have to pay the Clean Air Zone charge. However, there are time limits on these exemptions in most cases, with people only being excluded from the charge for a period of one or two years.

If you already reside inside the Clean Zone Area - and have done so since before September 2018 - you won't be charged to drive until January 2022, two years after the zone is implemented.

Those drivers who commute into the city centre - and earn less than £30,000 per year - will initially be exempt from the charge - but this is for one year only.

Drivers who regularly visit key hospitals, GPs and care homes located within the zone will be exempt from the charge for a year.

Vehicles registered with a disabled tax class won't have to pay a charge at all.

Euro 6 emissions standards: what do they mean for you?

Over the last 26 years, the European Union emissions standards have sought to reduce the amount of pollutants released into the environment through strict regulation and testing of petrol and diesel vehicles. This article from Auto Express provides a comprehensive breakdown of the regulations around the new Euro 6 emission standards.

Environmental pollution has had a major impact on the world we live in. Years ago, manufacturers would produce cars that delivered bigger and better performance without much regard for the pollutants coming out of the exhaust. However, as atmospheric studies have revealed a rise in pollutants in the air, governments and legislative bodies across the globe have clamped down on vehicle emissions to help reduce it.

In Europe, the European Union's action to curb pollution from vehicles has taken the form of the Euro emissions standards and the latest in the line that began in 1993 with Euro 1 is Euro 6. If car manufacturers want to sell a car in Europe today, it has to meet the Euro 6 emissions standards on the official tests.

Car exhaust

Of course, it's nowhere near as simple as that, Euro 6 and the emissions standards before it have played a major role in the shape of the car market by pushing car makers to offer cleaner cars and Governments to build car taxation systems around the standards. Even the tests themselves have come under scrutiny and been updated to offer a better picture of real-world emissions levels.

This guide rounds up the latest Euro 6 emissions standards and testing procedures, and we also explain the new legislation to improve emissions testing regulation and help avoid car makers short-cutting the tests.

What is Euro 6?

Euro 6 is the sixth incarnation of the European Union directive to reduce harmful pollutants from vehicle exhausts. The Euro 6 standard was introduced in September 2015, and all mass-produced cars sold from this date need to meet these emissions requirements. The aim of Euro 6 is to reduce levels of harmful car and van exhaust emissions, both in petrol and diesel cars.

This includes nitrogen oxide (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (THC and NMHC) and particulate matter (PM), which is basically soot from diesel cars. The knock-on effect of reducing these pollutants can also mean improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

NOx is a harmful pollutant that is often blamed for damaging the environment and has also been proven to have serious health implications. Particulate matter, meanwhile, is a local pollutant that has also been linked to health and respiratory problems. A date for the introduction of the Euro 7 standards has yet to be set and some governments and car makers are still adjusting to the demands of Euro 6.

Motorway traffic

Euro 6 regulations set different emissions standards for petrol and diesel cars, but that is a reflection of the different kinds of pollutants the two fuels produce. For diesels, the permitted level of NOx emitted has dramatically dropped to a maximum of 80mg/km, compared to the 180mg/km level that was required for cars that met the previous Euro 5 emissions standard. In contrast, the NOx limit for petrol cars remained unchanged from Euro 5, as it was already low at 60mg/km.

Diesel cars and the Euro 6 emissions standards

Older diesel cars that produce higher levels of NOx and particulate matter have been under fire from a number of environmental groups for a few years now. The UK Government has been blamed for enticing consumers into diesel cars, which are considered to be more environmentally harmful, with road tax and company car tax structures that benefit low CO2 emissions.

The road tax argument is now null, because the Government introduced a new road tax structure in 2017, while the automotive industry and the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) that represents it have come out in defence of diesel cars and started a campaign to raise awareness of the clean diesel technology fitted to Euro 6-compliant models.

The SMMT is attempting to ensure all diesel cars aren't tarred with the same brush, and is drawing a line between older diesels and the new generation of clean diesel models. The concern is that confusion could lead buyers to snub the newer Euro 6 diesels when they deliver similar pollution reduction as the petrol alternatives.