When looking for your next or even first Motability vehicle, there are lots of things to think about and consider. At Swansway Motability, we understand the importance of being completely clued-up on any agreement you are about to enter so we have created this page to try and help answer some of your potential questions.
Take a look through the questions and answers below and if you're still searching for answers, you can email us on email@example.com and we will do our best to help you in your Motability journey.
To be eligible for the Motability Scheme your husband must be in receipt of one of the following, as well as have at least 12 months' award length remaining.
To find out if he is eligible, you can also take an eligibility test on the Motability website.
Yes. The Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA) is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions. This allowance can be used to cover the cost of a Motability Scheme lease agreement.
This allowance is currently £62.55 per week (as of 14th April 2021).
You may be aware that the government is gradually replacing the DLA with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people aged between 16 and 64.
PIP or Personal Independence Payment is the new allowance which is gradually replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people between 16 and 64 years of age.
Like DLA, PIP has two components: a daily living component and a mobility component. Each component has two rates of payment: a ‘standard rate’ and an ‘enhanced rate’ which will be the same amount as the DLA. You can lease a Motability Scheme car, scooter or powered wheelchair by using the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, similar to the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA.
The Government started to replace DLA with PIP in April 2013 and in Northern Ireland in June 2016.
If you can't afford the right mobility solution to meet your needs, Motability the charity might be able to provide financial support. Their support includes a grant towards Advance Payments for cars, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs), driving lessons and adaptations.
A Nearly New WAV is a WAV that has been handed back early (before the 5th year) and we do not keep a stock of these.
You will need to contact a WAV supplier or converter to get a list of what is available as the stock is always limited.
You can find your nearest supplier by entering your postcode here: https://findadealer.motability.co.uk/cars/search
To do this, you will need to contact RSA Motability (RSAM). RSAM will need details of the new driver, including driving licence number, motoring convictions and any previous loss, damage or insurance claims in the past five years. In addition, the proposed driver must be able to speak to RSAM when you call so they can give consent for their details to be checked with the DVLA. Don’t forget that only drivers listed under the permitted drivers section of your Certificate of Motor Insurance are covered to drive your Motability car.
To contact RSAM, you can call 0300 456 4566.
To do this, you will need to contact RSA Motability (RSAM). RSAM will need details of the new driver, including driving licence number, motoring convictions and any previous loss, damage or insurance claims in the past five years. In addition, the proposed driver must be able to speak to RSAM when you call so they can give consent for their details to be checked with the DVLA. Don’t forget that only drivers listed under the permitted drivers section of your Certificate of Motor Insurance are covered to drive your Motability car. To contact RSAM, please call 0300 456 4566
As well as getting a brand new car for 3 years (5 years if your vehicle is a WAV) you will also benefit from:
No wonder we call it worry-free motoring!
There are many adaptions available on the scheme including steering wheel balls, remote control devices and left foot accelerators. Many of the most popular adaptions are also available at no additional cost. Your local adaption installer or the Forum of Mobility Centres are the best places to start your adaption search.
Ordering adaptations through your dealer when you first order your car is the only way to take advantage of the great prices the Motability Scheme offers. You can arrange adaptations yourself during your lease but only through a Motability Scheme adaptations installer. The cost of any such adaptations directly to the installer. Remember to contact RSAM and our Customer Services team first, to ensure your insurance covers this.
The Motability Good Condition Bonus is awarded to customers who hand their vehicle back in a good condition at the end of their contract. The value of the bonus is subject to:
If you are eligible for the Good Condition Bonus, you can choose to receive the payment by bank transfer or cheque.
There are three options when you reach the end of your Motability lease:
A lease extension may be possible for you when you reach the end of your agreement. With a lease extension you can continue to enjoy your vehicle with insurance, roadside recovery, service, maintenance and repairs as well as remaining in a vehicle that meets your needs. Contact Motability Operations directly to talk about extending your lease on 0300 037 0100.
Yes, you can learn to drive in your Motability Scheme car. Disabled drivers can take lessons from the age of 16. There can only be one learner driver on your Certificate of Motor Insurance at any one time and any other drivers with provisional licenses must be over 21 if you want them to drive your car.
Yes, the Motability Scheme does allow for drivers under the age of 25 subject to specific vehicle model limitations. Drivers under 25 are only allowed to drive cars, crossovers or SUV’s with an insurance group of 16 or lower and a maximum brakehorse power (BHP) of 120. In power speed (PS) this is 121. Check out our Cars for drivers under 25 Motability page here.