MAGIC OF MOTABILITY
YOU may not 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 all the large brands like Ford (pictured), Vauxhall, and many others represented.
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.
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.