MOTABILITY SPE­CIAL FEA­TURE

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page - By Paul Con­nolly

MOST peo­ple have heard about Motability, the UK’S lead­ing car scheme for dis­abled peo­ple.

But did you know that in North­ern Ire­land alone ap­prox­i­mately 32,000 peo­ple avail of the scheme.

And it doesn’t just em­power peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties — it al­lows rel­a­tives and car­ers to drive for them.

There’s more: Motability doesn’t just of­fer peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cial sup­port to own or lease a car. Pow­ered wheel­chairs and scoot­ers can also be fi­nanced through the scheme.

The ini­tia­tive also sup­ports those car­ing for a dis­abled child aged three or over and those who do not drive can still ap­ply for a car as a pas­sen­ger and nom­i­nate two other peo­ple as their driv­ers.

As part of the con­tract hire pack­age around 400 adap­ta­tions are avail­able, with many pop­u­lar adap­ta­tions of­fered at no ad­di­tional cost.

In­sur­ance, road tax, break­down cover, ser­vic­ing, tyre and wind­screen re­place- ment are all in­cluded in a sin­gle monthly pay­ment.

A sim­ple on­line car search tool at www. motability.co.uk makes it easy to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars.

As a unique and suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion of the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, the ini­tia­tive also sup­ports those car­ing for a dis­abled child aged three or over. Those who do not drive can still ap­ply for a car as a pas­sen­ger and nom­i­nate two other peo­ple as their driv­ers.

Cars are sup­plied through a network of lo­cal Motability Dealer Part­ners and many of the ve­hi­cles are avail­able sim­ply by cus­tomers trans­fer­ring their al­lowance to Motability for the period of the agree­ment.

For most Motability cus­tomers, a stan­dard pro­duc­tion car is suitable, but as part of the con­tract hire pack­age around 400 adap­ta­tions are avail­able, with many pop­u­lar adap­ta­tions of­fered at no ad­di­tional cost, such as push-pull hand con­trols and left-foot ac­cel­er­a­tors.

The most pop­u­lar op­tion for Motability cus­tomers is the con­tract hire of a new car, which of­fers worry-free mo­tor­ing at af­ford­able prices. Cus­tomers can choose a brand new car from a se­lec­tion of over 2,000 mod­els, from the ma­jor man­u­fac­tur­ers, on a three or five-year lease.

The choice of ve­hi­cles avail­able in­cludes over 500 au­to­matic mod­els, more than 1,000 eco-friendly choices, in­clud­ing the first 100% elec­tric ve­hi­cle avail­able to lease through Motability — and around 450 cars avail­able with no ad­vance pay­ment. A wide range of af­ford­able Wheel­chair Ac­ces­si­ble Ve­hi­cles ( WAVS) are also avail­able.

A sim­ple on­line Car Search tool at www.motability.co.uk makes it easy to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars that suit in­di­vid­ual lifestyles.

Any­one re­ceiv­ing ei­ther higher rate mo­bil­ity com­po­nent of Dis­abil­ity Liv­ing Al­lowance, en­hanced rate mo­bil­ity com­po­nent of Per­sonal In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment, Armed Forces In­de­pen­dence Pay­ment or War Pen­sion­ers’ Mo­bil­ity Sup­ple­ment, can ap­ply.

The list of car brands join­ing Motability is still grow­ing — in fact rel­a­tively new man­u­fac­turer In­finiti joined in Novem­ber, of­fer­ing its lat­est Q3 SUV for an ad­vance pay­ment of £399.

DRIVEN: 32,000 peo­ple here are em­pow­ered by Motability

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