MOTABILITY FOR DIS­ABLED DRIV­ERS

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - News -

YOU may re­alise know it, but the Motability scheme has helped tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in North­ern Ire­land since its in­cep­tion – more than 32,000 ac­tu­ally.

The pro­gramme of­fers peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties across the Prov­ince the op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cial sup­port to own or lease a car. It is the UK’S largest mo­tor scheme for dis­abled peo­ple.

More and more car brands are be­ing added, with the lat­est be­ing lux­ury man­u­fac­turer In­finiti (pic­tured).

And it’s not just cars – Motability also al­lows dis­abled peo­ple to fi­nance pow­ered wheel­chairs and scoot­ers, both of which can be life-savers for those liv­ing with chal­leng­ing con­di­tions.

Motability also sup­ports those car­ing for a dis­abled child aged three or over. And it also al­lows those who do not drive to ap­ply for a car as a pas­sen­ger and nom­i­nate two other peo­ple as their driv­ers.

This can be in­valu­able for shop­ping, ap­point­ments, leisure trips and much more.

Adapt­ing ve­hi­cles to be able to ac­com­mo­date the par­tic­u­lar needs of dis­abled peo­ple can be ex­tremely com­pli­cated and dif­fi­cult.

But Motability’s data­base of around 400 adap­ta­tions is a bril­liant help – and many pop­u­lar adap­ta­tions come at no ex­tra cost.

A sin­gle sim­ple monthly pay­ment cov­ers in­sur­ance, road tax, break­down cover, ser­vic­ing, tyre and wind­screen re­place­ment.

And don’t worry about the seem­ingly com­plex process of choos­ing and select­ing a ve­hi­cle: a sim­ple on­line car search tool at www.motability.co.uk makes it easy to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars.

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

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