MotaClarity is a UK-based specialist disability motoring website that aims to be the first-place people with a disability and carers go to when they need to search for information, advice, and products related to disabled motoring. Here, James from MotaClarity tells us about some of the things you might not know about the Motability Scheme and how people can drive with a disability.
What Is The Motability Scheme?
There are around 1 million people in the UK who currently qualify for a brand new vehicle through Motability who have not yet joined the scheme. Motability is a UK Government-backed initiative dedicated to helping people with a disability stay mobile by helping them to exchange their weekly Mobility Allowance to pay for the lease of a brand-new car or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.
It’s a scheme that works for people with a disability who drive and those that don’t, because if you qualify but don’t have a driving licence you can still lease a vehicle and then nominate up to three people to drive the car for you.
If any special adaptations need to be fitted to the car to make it easier to drive (or get into) many are available to order for free.
Best of all though, the motoring package that comes with every Motability car also includes insurance, regular servicing, and maintenance, breakdown cover, annual road tax, and a mileage limit that lets you cover 20,000 miles each year in the vehicle.
Some wheelchair users choose to order a specially adapted Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) instead of a car. Leasing a WAV means wheelchair users can travel in safety and comfort while seated in their chair as either a passenger or in some cases the driver.
If you do qualify for Motability and decide to lease a new car through the scheme there are around 2000 different vehicles to choose from and around 4,000 Motability-accredited dealerships across the country. Every car showroom has at least one fully trained and accredited Motability specialist to look after you, take you out on a test drive, and give you all the help and advice you’ll need to pick the vehicle that best suits your individual requirements.
Part Exchange Or Donate Your Old Car
New Motability customers who already own a vehicle can choose to part exchange it when they order their new one at the dealership. The money you get back from the dealer could be used to order a better and more expensive Motability car. If there’s any cash leftover (or if you choose a vehicle with no Advance Payment), the money would be yours to spend as you wish. Alternatively, you could choose to donate your old vehicle to a good cause by using a car donation service like Giveacar, who have raised more than £3.5 million for different UK charities over the past decade.
To find out more about leasing a vehicle through Motability head over to MotaClarity.co.uk where you can view all the latest cars, offers, reviews, and the best Motability car deals currently trending on the site.
MotaClarity is a new motoring website where drivers with a disability and carers can search and compare great money-saving deals on thousands of cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), and the latest Motability Advance Payment prices.