MOTABILITY MOTORING

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FED up strug­gling to get your­self or your fam­ily around? Do travel lim­i­ta­tions make your life less en­joy­able or more dif­fi­cult?

Did you know you may well qual­ity for help from the Motability scheme?

Motability has as­sisted around 32,000 peo­ple in North­ern Ire­land since its in­cep­tion. But more peo­ple can be helped, and that’s why it’s im­por­tant to spread the mes­sage.

Motability – UK’S largest mo­tor scheme for dis­abled peo­ple – can help peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties by of­fer­ing them the op­por­tu­nity and fi­nan­cial sup­port to own or lease a car. And the scheme is fully op­er­a­tional in North­ern Ire­land.

But it’s not just mo­tor cars that qual­ity for as­sis­tance un­der the scheme – the scheme can also fi­nance pow­ered wheel­chairs and scoot­ers.

Ac­cess to a car or any pow­ered ve­hi­cle or mini-ve­hi­cle has the abil­ity to trans­form lives. What many parents and car­ers may not know is that 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. They can even nom­i­nate two other peo­ple as their driv­ers, which can be a real help for get­ting to the doc­tors, chemist or other ap­point­ments as well as leisure trips and shop­ping.

Motability UK is also an ex­pert in help­ing peo­ple get ad­vice on the com­pli­cated busi­ness of adapt­ing ve­hi­cles to the needs of dis­abled peo­ple.

Their bril­liant data­base of 400 adap­ta­tions is al­most bound to have some­thing that could help you. Many pop­u­lar adap­ta­tions come at no ex­tra cost.

Adapted ve­hi­cles can be a real game-changer – in­deed a life-saver – for peo­ple who re­quire wheel­chairs or spe­cialised equip­ment to help them get around. You’d be amazed what engi­neers can do to cars to make them user-friendly to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

An­other bril­liant Motability de­vice is a sim­ple on­line car search tool at www.motability.co.uk which is de­signed to 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.

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

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 fiveyear 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.

You can even use the car search tool at www.motability.co.uk to find and cre­ate a short­list of cars that suit your in­di­vid­ual life­style.

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.

VE­HI­CLE CON­VER­SION

Did you know Motability also cov­ers the cost of con­vert­ing and adapt­ing ve­hi­cles so they can prop­erly ac­com­mo­date peo­ple with mo­bil­ity chal­lenges?

For ex­am­ple, you may de­cide that a Wheel­chair Ac­ces­si­ble Ve­hi­cle ( WAV) is what you need.

Motability will ad­vise on how you can get in and out of the ve­hi­cle, the con­ver­sion fea­tures you will re­quire, and even de­scribe the ex­pe­ri­ence of trav­el­ling in WAVS.

Spe­cial fea­tures on the Motability web­site will let you ex­plore these fea­tures in more de­tail.

In North­ern Ire­land, there are sev­eral spe­cial­ist man­u­fac­tur­ers who can con­vert ve­hi­cles for Motability users, in­clud­ing in­stalling ramps.

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