What is Motability?

September, 2012 TSG_PTIMG_mobility

The Motability Scheme enables disabled and disabled elderly people to obtain a car, powered wheelchair or scooter simply by using their government-funded mobility allowances.

Customers exchange their allowance for a worry-free mobility package, including:

  • Car, powered wheelchair or scooter
  • Insurance
  • Servicing
  • Tyres
  • Breakdown cover
  • Adaptations and wheelchair accessible vehicles are also available.

Who Qualifies?
The Scheme is open to anyone who receives one of the following benefits, and has at least 12 months’ award length remaining when they apply:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.

Around two-thirds of our customers drive, but non-drivers can get a car as a passenger. Similarly, parents and carers can also apply on behalf of a child.

How the Motability Scheme works
Simply exchange your mobility allowance for a worry-free mobility package, on either the Car Scheme or the Powered Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme.

Car Scheme includes:

  •  A new car every three years, or wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) every five years.
  • Full insurance from RSA Motability
  • Servicing and maintenance
  • Full Breakdown assistance from RAC
  • Replacement tyres by Kwik Fit
  • Windows and windscreen repair or replacement
  • 60,000 milage allowance over three years; 100,000 for WAV’s
  • Many adaptions at no extra cost
  • You dont have to drive

Powered Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme includes:

  • Standard Pricing nationwide
  • Insurance from RSA Motability, covering damage to people or property caused by your product
  • Breakdown assist from Mobility assist
  • Servicing, maintenance and repairs
  • Tyre and Battery replacement
  • A brand new powered wheelchair or scooter of your choice every three years

You can choose from over 200 products, with most available for less than your weekly allowance.

Getting on the Road
The most popular option, chosen by over 95% of customers, is the contract hire of a new car. Customers choose a new car every three years with insurance, road tax, servicing, tyres and breakdown cover all included in a single monthly payment. For most Motability customers, a standard production car, including automatic models, is suitable for their needs. However, a wide range of adaptations, such as hand controls, and wheelchair accessible vehicles are also available.

Once their application has been accepted, the customer pays all, or part, of their allowance to Motability for the period of the contract hire or hire purchase agreement. Almost half of the customers on the Contract Hire Car Scheme simply transfer their allowance to Motability, for the period of the agreement, without any additional payment. However, on larger or more expensive models, an additional payment may be required.
Financial Help
Motability may also be able to offer financial help to customers who would otherwise be unable to afford the mobility solution that they need. For example, to help towards the cost of the advance payment for a suitable car, adaptations, driving lessons or a wheelchair accessible vehicle.

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