How to Get a Mobility Car: Your Quick Guide to the Motability Scheme

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, its mission has been 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.

There are plenty of benefits of the Motability scheme designed to make the lease of your vehicle a worry-free experience. These include insurance arranged through Direct Line Insurance, breakdown assistance provided by RAC, servicing and maintenance, Kwik Fit tyres plus Motability’s award-winning customer service team.

Everything has been thought through for you, just add fuel and go.

What Are The Costs Associated With Mobility Vehicles?

Vauxhall Combo Life SE 1.5CDTi Rear Wheelchair Access

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. These are subject to change and in line with benefit amount changes by DWP.

  • £172.75 weekly – Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • £71.00 weekly – Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HMRC DLA)
  • £79.25 weekly – War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
  • £101.75 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 are provided with modest excess payments. Understand that speeding fines and other 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.

The first requirement is that the car or wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV) must be used by, or benefit, the disabled person who is in receipt of the mobility payment.

This is not to say the disabled person must be in the car every time it is used. When they are not the journeys that are taken without that person should be benefiting them, for example, shopping and other errands.

What if you don’t drive?

If you don’t drive and you meet the qualification requirements, you can still have a Motability vehicle and choose someone else to drive it. Up to 2 people can be nominated to drive on your behalf. You can also apply for a Motability vehicle for a child aged 3 and above.

You or your nominated driver(s) need to have a current UK driving licence. Anyone who has been disqualified from driving for more than 30 days within the last five years will not be eligible. If the driver has points on their licence this must be stated during the application process. If they receive penalty points during the Motability lease agreement, Motability must be informed immediately.

Eligibility criteria

You may be eligible to join the Motability Scheme if you receive one of these disability allowances following a medical assessment:

  • Higher rate mobility component of PIP (Personal Independence Payment)
  • Higher rate mobility component of DLA (Disability Living Allowance)
  • Enhanced rate mobility component of the Adult Disability Payment (Scotland)
  • Higher rate mobility component of the Child Disability Payment (Scotland)
  • WPMS (Ware Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement)
  • AFIP (Armed Forces Independence Payment)

Please note: If you are currently in receipt of DLA and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has sent you a letter saying you need to apply for PIP, you cannot apply for a Motability vehicle until you have been assessed and awarded the higher rate mobility component of PIP.

You need to have at least 12 months left before your benefit ends if you’re applying to join the Scheme. Check your award length on your benefit decision letter, or contact your allowance provider if you are unsure. If this is less than 12 months, you will need to wait to apply until your provider renews your allowance.

If you are aged over 65 you can still apply, provided you are in receipt of one of the qualifying allowances with at least 12 months left.

Please note that the Motability scheme does not just cover cars and WAVs, it can also include mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs.

How To Get A Mobility Car

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

The first decision is whether you can fund the advance payments or if you are going to apply for a 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.

The Motability Grant

A Motability Grant is available to a disabled person who would otherwise not be able to afford to pay the advance payment. This is an individual means-tested application. Factors that can affect the outcome of the application include whether you received income from paid employment and have any savings or investments, your disability or impairment and how it impacts your mobility plus any equipment you regularly travel with, amongst other factors.

Through the Motability program, you’ll have a few leasing options. For a standard car, you will have 60,000 miles and you can lease a vehicle for three years. For a WAV it’s 100,000 miles and you can lease for 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 reputable 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 to be paid before hand over of your new car

What Car Can I Get On Motability?

On the Motability website, you will find a handy car search guide for all the different cars and wheelchair accessible vehicles that are available through the Motability Scheme.

You first input what type of allowance you are in receipt of; Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HMRC DLA), Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP), War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS) etc.

You can then input the details of your requirements to easily find a vehicle that will be suitable. If you are looking for a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), this will include information such as whether you want ramp or lift access, side or rear entry. Also very important is the entry height, which is the measurement from the floor to the top of the door frame with a 50mm buffer. Comparing this to the seated height of the wheelchair user will determine what WAVs will be suitable.

What cars are available on the Motability scheme

You have a wide range of established brands to choose from on the Motability scheme, including Audi, BMW, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Mini, Skoda, Volvo and VW. Body styles include estate, saloon, hatchback, 4×4, Go Green and MPV. Visit Motability for a comprehensive list.

What cars aren’t available on the Motability Scheme?

Please note that Land Rover, Jaguar, Isuzu, Subaru and the electric carmakers Tesla and Polestar do not participate in the Motability scheme.

What Electric Cars are available on Motability in 2023/24

For 2024, there is a comprehensive range of electric vehicles on offer including models from Peugeot, new manufacturer BYD, Vauxhall, MG, Mini, Mazda, Renault, Citroen, Toyota, Honda, Skoda, Lexus and Volvo. Visit Motability for a comprehensive list.

Standard or wheelchair accessible vehicle?

WAV vehicles are most suitable if you are not able to transfer from your wheelchair to the car seat. They offer a greater level of independence as the standard vehicle is adapted to make it possible for a wheelchair user to remain in their wheelchair when the vehicle is moving.

If you are able to transfer into the car seat, it may be that a Motability car with a vehicle adaption is a more suitable option. Options include transfer plates, person hoists and swivel seats plus adaptions that help stow away your wheelchair or scooter independently.

The real benefit of the Motability Scheme is their experience in matching the right car or WAV to the individual customer.

Once you have decided on whether you are shopping for a car or WAV you can then input the specification of the vehicle you are looking for if you have a preference for fuel type and transmission. The number of seats you require, and you can also filter the results by the vehicle make, model and convertor. You do not need to fill in every option, be as specific as you like, or fill in only the essentials and have a good browse through the hundreds of options that are available through Motability.

A selection of vehicles available through the Motability Scheme at Brook Miller include but are not limited to;

Find Your Perfect Mobility Car Today

Now that you know how to get a mobility car, you’re ready to go shopping with Brook Miller.

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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24 Comments

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David Toulson
August 16, 2021 3:44 pm

I suffer spinal trauma which limits my walking. I receive Attendance Allowance at the higher rate. Do I qualify for a Motability car?

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Ben
September 6, 2021 11:46 am

Hi,

Yes you should do.
the first thing you need to do is contact Motability on 03004564566

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Pete Davis
December 22, 2021 8:39 pm

I have Peripheral Neuropathy and I’m 77 years of age
Can I get a Motability car

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Kris
January 5, 2022 9:53 am

Thank you for your enquiry.

You will need to contact Motability on 0300 456 4566 to discuss with them directly as to if you qualify for a Motability Vehicle on the Scheme.

If we can be of further assistance, please contact the office on 01422 3766456

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c newman
February 28, 2022 11:30 am

hi i suffer with copd and only have 50% of lung compacity and a i get short of breath when im walking would i be entitled tl the mobilty allowence

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Kris
February 28, 2022 11:57 am

You would need to contact Motability directly regarding this, the number you can reach then on is 0300 456 4566. Then they will discuss all your requirements.

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deborah purchase
March 3, 2022 5:05 pm

do they take the money off you before you received the car

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Kris
March 4, 2022 11:31 am

Hi, they don’t in regards to your allowance until the vehicle has been officially handed over. But in some cases a WAV will have an Advance Payment where a supplier could ask for an initial deposit.

If you have any further questions you can call our sale team on 01422 376645.

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steve
March 11, 2022 8:17 pm

I have severe arthritis in both Knees Had a replacement in my right knee in mid December, with the other knee to be done later this year, I have just recived my blue badge for parking, Does that qualify me for motorbility I receive no allowances as I still work
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Kris
March 23, 2022 9:55 am

Hi Steve. Thank you for your reply.

You would need to be in receipt of higher rate PIP or DLA to qualify for a vehicle through the Motability Scheme.

You can contact Motability directly on 0345 456 4566 to discuss getting a vehicle or further information can be found by following the link below to Motability’s Website.

https://www.motability.co.uk/about/how-the-scheme-works/

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gary atkinson
June 3, 2022 7:12 pm

hi could u conntact me about a mobility car if not thanks any way

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Kris
June 6, 2022 9:17 am

Hi Gary, I have passed your email on to my colleague.

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Roger William Pagram
June 14, 2022 5:19 pm

I have Peripheral Neuropathy in both legs and some odema as well. Arthritis in both knees. I am Diabetic Type 2. Have a Blue Badge. Do I qualify for the Mobility Car Scheme ?

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Kris
June 15, 2022 11:19 am

Thank you for your enquiry.

To enable you to qualify for a vehicle on the Motability scheme you would need to be in receipt of the Higher rate component of PIP/DLA.

Please see the link below to the Motability website detailing the requirements.

https://www.motability.co.uk/about/check-your-eligibility/

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Peter Hall
December 4, 2022 7:03 pm

Hello. I have been diagnosed with Osteoporosis. I have fractures in T12 and L1 can you please tell me if I can apply for a Mobility.car? Thank you,

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Kris
December 13, 2022 10:56 am

Hi Peter, thanks for your question.

If you are in receipt of Higher Rate DLA or PIP, then yes you are eligable for a vehicle on Motabilty. We have more information on this subject on our website https://www.brookmiller.co.uk/motability/.

Hope this helps.

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Sylvia Fitzgerald
March 17, 2023 9:37 pm

Can you still by a mobility car. If you’re not in recite of benifits ? P

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Kris
March 20, 2023 12:13 pm

Hi Sylvia,

You must be in receipt of higher rate PIP / DLA to qualify for a Motability vehicle. If you wanted to buy a WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle) privately then yes, anyone can do this.

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Valerie dyer
April 2, 2023 8:26 pm

would i be able to get a mobility car i am on attendance allowance high rate.

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Kris
April 3, 2023 11:09 am

Hi Valerie,

Unfortunately you cannot apply for a Motability vehicle if you receive an Attendance Allowance. You must receive either Higher rate mobility part of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Higher rate mobility part of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). If you are located in Scotland you would need Enhanced rate mobility part of Adult Disability Payment (Scotland) or Higher rate mobility component of Child Disability Payment (Scotland).

Hope this helps.

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Robert
May 31, 2023 11:17 am

Is it right you can’t get a mobilety car over the age of 65

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Kris
June 1, 2023 10:11 am

Hi Robert, thanks for your question.

So, if you are in receipt of Higher Rate DLA or PIP, then yes you are eligable for a vehicle on Motabilty even over the age of 65. But, you can’t apply for DLA or PIP over the age of 65, this must be in place before you reach this age. We have more information on this subject on our website https://www.brookmiller.co.uk/motability/.

Hope this helps.

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Keelie
February 4, 2024 12:03 am

I get highest rate dla for my son who has autism can I get a mobility car

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Kris
February 5, 2024 1:18 pm

Hi Keelie, thanks for your comment.

So, the short answer is yes, you should qualify for a Motability vehicle. The best thing you can do is contact the Motability Grants department on 0800 500 3186, to assist you with the funding and finding the most suitable solution for your needs. There’s also a little more information on our website here.

Hope this helps.

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