If you’re disabled, having a mobility car can make a huge difference. Living in the UK, you might qualify to get one through Motability.

Motability Operations has been around since 1978. Since then, their mission is to help those who need mobility cars get one.

What exactly is the Motability Scheme? Do you qualify? And if so, how do you navigate the process?

You have a lot of questions, and we have a lot of answers. Our guide on how to get a mobility car will take you through each step of the scheme.

What Is The Motability Scheme?

The Motability scheme was created to help the disabled get around and remain active and as independent as possible. Today, there are around 630,000 people who take advantage of this wonderful program.

There are different tiers to the program. Depending on your needs, you can choose the one that’s best for you

Motability can help you find a mobility scooter, wheelchair accessible vehicle, or even lease a new car. You don’t even have to drive, either. Motability allows you to designate two drivers who can operate the vehicle on your behalf.

What Are The Costs Associated With Mobility Vehicles?

The Motability Scheme has an easy payment system. By exchanging your mobility payment, you can pay for a new car.

Here are the different kinds of allowances you can use with the Motability scheme: Subject to change and in line with benefit amount changes by DWP.

  • £145.35 weekly – Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • £59.75 weekly – Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HMRC DLA)
  • £66.75 weekly – War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • £59.75 weekly – Enhanced Rate of Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)

Servicing costs, breakdown assistance, and insurance are covered by the scheme. Other things like oil and fuel insurance is provided with very modest excess payments and of course speeding fines are your responsibility!

What Determines Motability Eligibility?

Wondering if you’re eligible for the Motability scheme? There are a few requirements you have to meet first.

You or your nominated driver(s) need to have a license and be in good standing, that is not have any driving citations.

Be in receipt of the above allowances following medical assessment.

How To Get A Mobility Car

Now let’s look at how to apply for a mobility car.

The first decision is if you can fund the advance payments or if you are going to apply for a charitable grant from Motability, standard cars often have a zero advance payment and there are hundreds with very low amounts to pay, a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) can run into many thousands of pounds so a grant is a popular route for many customers

Through the Motability program, you’ll have a few leasing options. For a standard car you will have a 60,000 miles, you can lease a vehicle for three years, or for a WAV its 100,000 miles, you can do five years.

First, pick out the vehicle that best meets your needs. You can choose from a scooter or powered wheelchair, a wheelchair accessible van, or a car.

Second, order your vehicle from a dealership that works with the Motability scheme.

You might be able to trade in your old car during the process. If your plan requires an advance payment, this would need paying prior to hand over of your new car

Find Your Mobility Car Today

Now that you know how to get a mobility car, you’re ready to go shopping!

There are a lot of great options out there waiting for you to drive them home. Contact us today and we’ll make the process of finding your mobility car even easier!

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