The time it takes to purchase a motability car depends on several factors. One major one is the availability of vehicles available through Motability.
The issue is that car manufacturers are struggling to make enough new cars to meet demand. Therefore, they have stopped offering high-volume, low return fleet deals and instead focus on selling vehicles at full margin. This has resulted in a shortage of vehicles on the scheme.
Ordering a car
The initial step to getting a motability car is finding an honest dealership. These establishments will have specialists trained in helping those with mobility issues select the appropriate car.
Motability offers people who receive a higher rate of disability living allowance (DLA), or enhanced DLA, the opportunity to lease a car for three years. All cars are fully insured, serviced regularly and come with breakdown cover included.
Factors such as the model you want and where it’s manufactured can influence how long it takes to get your car. Factory closings or shipping delays may also add extra time onto delivery.
Once you’ve chosen the car of your dreams, speak with your dealer about payment options. They can assist in determining what works best for both your budget and lifestyle.
Preparing for delivery
Delivering your new motability car can be an exciting milestone, but it may take some time. Due to current supply issues with new cars, your chosen vehicle might not be available until later in the year.
No matter the situation, your Motability specialist will make sure you are ready to collect your vehicle when it is ready. They usually contact you a week in advance to arrange a convenient day and time for pickup from the dealership.
Your wheelchair accessible vehicle can be leased for up to five years, including insurance, breakdown cover and maintenance. At the end of this lease period, you have the option to exchange it for a new WAV or return it in good condition. Motability will even pay you an early Good Condition Bonus if the vehicle is returned in good condition!
Collecting your car
If you’re thinking of purchasing a car through the Motability Scheme, expect delivery to take anywhere from eight months to two years. Lead times differ between manufacturers, so be sure to inquire at your local dealership for an exact timeline before placing an order.
At Over 1500 Cars, you’ll have your pick of over 1500 vehicles, including brand-new models that provide space and flexibility. A knowledgeable specialist at the dealership can guide you through the process to find the ideal car to meet your requirements.
Furthermore, you can take advantage of a range of adaptations that make driving easier or improve accessibility and stowage in your vehicle easier. These include hand controls, steering wheel add-ons and lifts that hoist a wheelchair into the boot.
Established in 1977, Motability Scheme has since grown into one of the UK’s leading providers of mobility cars and scooters for those with disabilities.
Returning your car
If you’ve leased a car through the Motability Scheme, there’s likely that it will need to be returned at some point. Fortunately, there are certain statutory rights that you can utilize in order to get some or all of your money back when this occurs.
As a general guideline, if there’s no major damage present, you should receive a Good Condition Bonus of £600 (£900 for WAVs). Additionally, it might be worthwhile having the car checked for small dings or scratches.
If the dealer inspects your car and deems it to be in excellent condition, they will pay you the Bonus amount due.
If you’re uncertain what to do, speaking to the dealership or their specialist is recommended. They will be able to answer any queries and offer guidance on returning your car.