The Motability Scheme began in 1978 and since then some 3 million cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs have been provided to help disabled people with their mobility needs.
If you receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, you are eligible for the all-inclusive motoring package from Motability. By using the package from Motability, you simply turn part or all of your mobility allowance or supplement into the car of your choice.
Are you eligible for a Motability car?
To lease a car from Motability, you must be receiving either:
Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) - currently £58.00 per week, or, War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS) - currently £64.80 per week.
If you choose to lease a car through Motability's Contract Hire scheme you must have at least 12 months' award length remaining. The Attendance Allowance cannot be used to lease cars, scooters or powered wheelchairs through Motability.
Checking your eligibility
Please note, Motability does not decide who receives the Disability Living Allowance and is therefore not responsible for who is eligible for the Scheme. Only the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can make this decision. If you would like assistance checking whether you are eligible for either the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, you should contact one of the following agencies:
For enquiries about the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), please contact Pensions, Disability & Carers Service on 08457 123456 or visit the Directgov website.
For enquiries about the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (WPMS), please contact Service Personnel & Veterans Agency on 0800 169 2277 or visit the Veterans UK website.
There are no waiting lists and no credit checks.
Motability provide the car and the support you need so you can enjoy worry-free motoring, including:
- A choice of around 2,000 cars to choose from
- Insurance, servicing and maintenance
- Full RAC breakdown assistance
- Annual tax disc
- Tyre and windscreen replacement
- 60,000 mileage allowance over 3 years
- Many adaptations at no extra cost
- You don't have to drive - you can nominate up to two other drivers and pay a little extra for a third
- Their worry-free policy continues right to the end of your three-year lease with a seamless transfer to your new car.
Almost all of their customers opt for Contract Hire, which includes all the benefits of our worry-free leasing package however, it is possible to buy a car outright using Hire Purchase, but this does not include insurance, servicing, maintenance and breakdown cover. If you choose to buy a car with a Hire Purchase agreement, you will need to be receiving the allowance for the full length of your agreement.
If you would like further information on this, please call their Customer Services team on 0845 456 4566 or visit their website at www.motability.co.uk/.
A Guide to Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs)
When you’re wheelchair bound, or caring for someone who is, then finding a way of getting from A to B quickly and without issues can often be very tricky, especially if you’re reliant on taxis and lifts from friends. Lifting someone from a wheelchair, into a car and then back again can often pose a mammoth task, especially as you want to do so without causing either of you any pain. Often, just finding the strength to fulfil this task can be hard.
In terms of transport, in the past, those who didn’t have the money to fork out for an often highly priced, specially modified vehicle were faced with the task of hunting down and hiring expensive taxis or minibuses in order to be able to get from one place to another. Luckily though, in recent years, things have vastly improved and a number of doors have been opening, offering new opportunities to those bound to a wheelchair.
A number of companies have emerged, and thanks to government funding, being able to afford wheelchair accessible cars is so much easier now. If you, or anyone you know, is in desperate need of one of these vehicles, below is a mini guide to choosing what’s right for you, and how to start the application process.
What Exactly is a WAV?
A Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (or WAV) is a vehicle that has been modified to allow room for a wheelchair using passenger. They usually feature ramps, which mean you no longer have to put up with the awkward lifting and moving process that many had to deal with in the past. The vehicle may be specially adapted in a way that allows those with limited mobility to use it, through the use of steering aids or modifications to meet your requirements, or it may be a larger vehicle with room to allow a wheelchair user to be chauffeured by a family member, friend or carer. There are vehicles available to meet a whole host of needs.
Hire or Purchase?
The good news is, when it comes to WAVs, there is something to suit every budget and, depending on your circumstances and the amount of funding you are eligible for, many companies who deal in these vehicles allow you to decide whether you’d prefer to either hire the vehicle or buy it outright.
Am I Eligible for Funding?
This is dependent entirely on individual circumstance, but there are government backed funds such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which you can apply for to help you pay for essential items such as a wheelchair accessible vehicle. If you are 16-65 and affected by a long-term disability, then you should definitely consider applying for this. If you have a child who requires access to a WAV, then you can usually apply on their behalf for funding too.
What Type of Car Will I Get?
Many companies will actually work with you to choose a make and model you would like, or as close to it as possible, and then arrange for the modifications to be done for you. Don’t worry too much if you think you can’t afford the vehicle you want outright, as many of the companies who sell these vehicles offer manageable monthly payment plans and there are often grants available too.
There are many options available, and a number of companies who have these services on offer. If you do a little research, then you’ll be able to find a vehicle that’s right for you.