MAGIC OF MOTABILITY

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

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.

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