If you’re in the market for a Motability car, it can be hard to know what to look for. There’s so many options out there that it can be hard to know where to even start your search.
So, to help you choose the perfect Motability vehicle to suit your needs, we’ve brought together these top tips. Ask yourself these questions and you’re sure to end up with an adapted car that will serve you well for years to come.
Are you eligible for the Motability scheme?
If you receive a benefit because you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to get around, you can use it to pay for a vehicle on the Motability scheme. What’s more, this scheme is also eligible to people who don’t drive: you can get an adapted car from Motability and choose up to two people to drive on your behalf.
To find out if you’re eligible for the scheme, check the Motability website. If you meet the criteria, you will be able to lease an adapted vehicle from Motability, a registered charity. The monthly cost of the lease will come from your disability benefit, and this cost will depend on which car you choose.
Who will be driving?
The first question you need to ask yourself when you’re shopping for a Motability car is who is going to be driving it.
There are two kinds of Motability vehicles: cars that have been adapted to allow a disabled person or wheelchair user to comfortably be a passenger, and cars that have been converted to allow someone whose disability would have otherwise prevented them from being able to drive to drive. If you're eligible for the Motability scheme and want to drive yourself, you’ll have to go for the second option. However, it’s important to know that this is more expensive. As the car will be made bespoke to the driver’s measurements and specifications, it will also take a lot longer to arrive.
What kind of car do you need?
Luckily, there’s plenty of choice when it comes to Motability vehicles. Dealerships such as Lookers, which has a dedicated range of Motability cars, stock automobiles from all the biggest brands, including Ford, Honda, Mercedes, and BMW. This means you’re sure to find a vehicle that suits your needs and budget.
Here are some things it’s important to consider when choosing your Motability vehicle:
• Wheelchair access: do you need to access your car by wheelchair?
• Size: do you need extra headroom because you sit high in your wheelchair?
• Capacity: how many seats do you need? Remember, the larger the car, the more it’s generally going to cost, so only get as many seats as you need.
Answering these questions will narrow down your search. Once you’ve got an idea of what you want, take a look at Carbuyer’s pick of the best Motability cars to find the best model in the category that best suits you.
So, there you have it: everything you need to consider before you buy your first vehicle through the Motability scheme. Keep this advice in mind and you’re sure to end up with the perfect vehicle for you.