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The Motability Scheme – Worry-free mobility

11th March 2016

The Motability Scheme – Worry-free mobility

The Motability Scheme enables disabled people to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair by exchanging their Government funded mobility allowance . If you receive either the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance, the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) , the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) you may be eligible to join the Motability Scheme.

Parents can apply on behalf of a child who receives the allowance, but please speak to your dealer, as some products may not be suitable for all ages. Unfortunately, the Attendance Allowance cannot be used to lease a product through Motability.

Motability scooters and powered wheelchairs are available on a three year lease (five years for some custom-built powered wheelchairs). This simply means that you lease the product from us and we arrange for the relevant amount of your allowance to be paid direct to us every four weeks.

Most Motability scooters and powered wheelchairs cost less to lease per week than your mobility allowance, so the remainder of your allowance continues to be paid direct to you, to spend as you wish. The cost of your Motability scooter or powered wheelchair includes what we call our worry-free package. So with a Motability product, you don’t have to worry about arranging and paying for insurance, breakdown cover, maintenance, servicing, tyre or battery replacement.

From 1 January 2015, all standard products require an upfront Non-refundable Payment of £100 payable to your dealer before you take delivery of your scooter or powered wheelchair.

You will be sure to find something that suits both your needs and budget.

To make sure that each product is affordable, Motability review all products and prices every three months. They also offer a price guarantee. This means that the price you agree with your dealer when you place your order is the price you pay, even if it changes before you collect it. The only case where the price may be altered is if the scooter or powered wheelchair description is changed subsequent to the original order.

The benefits of joining the Powered Wheelchair and Scooter Scheme

If you are interested in a scooter or powered wheelchair, all this is included in your lease:

With Motability you get a brand new scooter or powered wheelchair every three years. There are over 300 products to choose from, most of which cost less than your allowance. Motability work with a nationwide network of dealers to ensure that no matter where you live in the UK, there are people who can visit you to discuss the products available, as well as provide servicing, maintenance and repairs throughout your lease. All our dealers have attended specialist training and are continually updated to ensure they know about all aspects of Motability.

You are covered in case of an accident, damage or theft of the product , with no excess to pay. The insurance also covers you against any damage caused by your scooter or powered wheelchair to other products, property or people.

Motability Assist will take you and your product back to your home address if you have an accident or breakdown during your day-to-day activities. If you are on holiday or away from home with your product within the UK and need assistance, Motability Assist will take you and your product back to your local accommodation.

Servicing, maintenance and repairs call-outs and home collections can be arranged with your dealer.

There is no need to worry about punctures or damage to your tyres as they are repaired or replaced whenever there is a problem. If you are out and about when you get a puncture preventing you from being able to get home safely, our partners at Motability Assist will help get you, and your scooter or powered wheelchair home where you can arrange for your dealer to repair or mend the tyre for you.

Your scooter will come with a battery as standard so all you have to do is remember to keep it charged. Your dealer will be able to show you how to do this properly ensuring your battery lasts as long as possible and, if anything goes wrong with the battery through normal every day use, it will be replaced, free of charge.

Modifications

The majority of scooters and many powered wheelchairs come as standard from the manufacturer (except in cases of custom-built powered wheelchairs). If you need additional adaptations, speak to your dealer to discuss prices and details. All our scooters come with a weatherproof cover as standard, so your scooter stays dry – whatever the weather.

What’s not included?

There are some things that are not included:

• Optional extras on the product that are not fitted as standard
• More than three claims for lost or stolen keys
• Any fines you may incur
• Insurance cover for theft or damage to personal belongings such as coats, bags, mobile phones and money.

Remember, you can choose to spend your higher rate mobility allowance in whatever way you wish. If you only travel short distances, you might want to consider leasing a Motability scooter instead of a car.

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