The Motability Scheme
Buying and adapting a car can be expensive. The Motability Scheme - run by the independent not-for-profit organisation, Motability - gives people with disabilities the opportunity to own or lease a car at an affordable price.
How the scheme works
The Motability Scheme can help you with leasing or buying a car if you're getting the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement or the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA). Even if you do not drive yourself, you can apply for a car as a passenger and propose two other people as your drivers.
You can also apply for a car on behalf of a child aged three or over who is entitled to the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.
Through the contract hire scheme you can lease a new car supplied by a Motability-accredited dealer for at least three years. Insurance, routine servicing and breakdown assistance are included. You may need to pay for the fitting and removal of any adaptations.
You can apply if you have 12 months or more of your Disability Living Allowance 'award' remaining. If your award is not renewed during the full length of your chosen scheme, your car will need to be returned.
At the end of the period, the car is returned to Motability Operations who operate the car schemes under contract to Motability.
Hire purchase enables you to buy the new or used car you want. You are responsible for negotiating the purchase price of the car with the dealer and arranging insurance cover. At the end of the hire purchase agreement - which can be between three and five years - you will own the car.
Powered wheelchairs or scooters
Motability also offers a hire purchase scheme for powered wheelchairs or scooters.
To find out more about the Motability Scheme, phone Motability on 0845 456 4566, or minicom: 0845 675 0009.
Disability Action's Mobility Centre
Disability Action's Mobility Centre is the only centre of its kind in Northern Ireland and promotes the independence of people with disabilities by offering advice and assessment on all aspects of personal mobility.