Best Motability cars of 2022
Motability allows people with reduced mobility to get behind the wheel of a vehicle at very favourable leasing rates. There are thousands of vehicles available on the Motability Scheme, making it a daunting task to pick the right one for your needs. To simplify things, our expert carwow team have narrowed this down to a far more manageable 10 choices for you to pick from.
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The Motability Scheme enables people in receipt of a higher rate mobility allowance to lease a car.
You can check your eligibility by completing our Motability Scheme eligibility survey.
Alternatively, you can visit the Motability Scheme website for information on pricing.
The Motability Scheme is designed to make the process as simple as possible for its customers, bundling insurance, breakdown cover and servicing costs all into one agreement. This means you only pay for the car’s petrol. Lease payments are made directly from the relevant benefits agency (DWP or Veterans UK). To make sure you always get the most from your allowance, prices are negotiated and updated every three months.
Anyone who is in receipt of one of the following higher rate mobility allowances can apply to join the Motability Scheme – Disability Living Allowance (DLA), Personal Independence Payment (PIP), War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). Parents or guardians can apply on behalf of a child under 16. You just need to have at least 12 months remaining on your award to apply.
The choice through the Motability Scheme is huge – around 2,000 different models are available to lease. They include anything from small city cars to vans specially adapted to provide access for wheelchair users, called Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs). Even sports cars are available! Petrol and diesel options are widespread and there’s a selection of electric and hybrids for the eco-conscious drivers.
When you place the order for a car through the Motability Scheme, it will take a couple of days to process the application and check a few details. The timescales for the car itself can vary depending on the manufacturer and model you have chosen, but the dealer should inform you of the timescales, and any expected delays, when you place the order.
First, you go to the Motability website and use its Car Search tool to find the perfect car or WAV.
When you find the right one for you, click on “Find a dealer” to locate and contact your nearest dealer and arrange a test drive. (Don’t forget to take your driving license, proof of address and certificate of your award with you!)
After the test drive, you can then order your car.
The Motability Scheme covers your car or WAV for “social, domestic and pleasure purposes”. Basically, this means you can use the car for personal purposes and commuting to and from one workplace.
If you work in a few different places or need to drive about to visit customers or employees, you should contact RSA Motability and ask about covering your car for business use.