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Summary: For 25 years, we’ve made it our business to help provide our customers with mobile independence. A lot has changed in that time, from the vehicles available to the types of mobility adaptations we’re able to provide.

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Title: Which WAVs can I get through Motability?

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Summary: If you’re new to Motability, it’s normal to have a few questions about the scheme. Figuring out whether you’re eligible, what the average Motability car prices are, and what adaptations you’ll need are all important areas that you’ll need to consider.

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Which WAVs Can I Get on Motability

 

If you’re new to Motability, it’s normal to have a few questions about the scheme. Figuring out whether you’re eligible, what the average Motability car prices are, and what adaptations you’ll need are all important areas that you’ll need to consider. You’ll also need to consider things like upfront cost, the number of seats you’ll need, and whether the wheelchair user will be driving the vehicle when considering which Motability wheelchair accessible vehicle is right for you.

To help you choose the Motability wheelchair accessible vehicle that’s right for you, we’ve put together a quick guide below.

What vehicles are available through Motability?

When considering a Motability lease, many people think they might be more restricted in the options available to them.

However, the Motability scheme allows for a huge choice of vehicles, and in particular wheelchair accessible vehicles.  All major manufacturers have vehicles available on the scheme, and at Bristol Street Versa you’ll find wheelchair accessible options from big names like Ford, Fiat, Volkswagen, and Renault on show.

How much does a WAV cost through Motability?

All vehicles on the Motability scheme are leased, meaning you pay to use the car over a set period, usually 3 or 5 years. However, you’re free to use the vehicle as you wish during this time, and treat it as you would a vehicle you own.

At Bristol Street Versa, we have a selection of wheelchair accessible vehicles available with an Advance Payment starting from around £1595. After this initial advance payment, the vehicle will be financed for the remainder of its lease period using your allocated allowance. This initial payment and the resulting allowance payments cover the costs of servicing, insurance, tax, and warranty, meaning that you won’t have to worry about these.

Bristol Street Versa: Motability Cars List

We have a variety of wheelchair accessible vehicles available on the Motability scheme through Bristol Street Versa, in different sizes and specifications to suit whatever needs you might have. We’ve chosen to run through just three below, but for a wider selection of the wheelchair accessible vehicles available from Bristol Street Versa head over to our Motability section.

Versa Doblo 1.4

WAVS  - Fiat DobloThe Versa Doblo 1.4 is our own accessible version of the Fiat Doblo, and lies at the smaller end of the wheelchair accessible vehicles we have in stock. With two seats as standard alongside room for a wheelchair passenger, the Versa Doblo is a good option if you don’t require lots of room for extra passengers. However, the Versa Doblo can also be fitted with an option for one or two seats in the rear, allowing for more space. Like all the wheelchair accessible vehicles we have in stock, the Versa Doblo is customisable with a range of vehicle adaptations. The Versa Doblo is one of the most affordable Motability vehicles we have in stock, and is available to lease from just £1595.

Versa Connect Long

WAVS - Versa Connect LongThe Versa Connect Long is a modified version of popular Ford Grand Tourneo Connect, and is an ideal wheelchair accessible vehicle for families who might require a little extra passenger room. The Versa Connect wheelchair accessible vehicle can accommodate a wheelchair user plus 5 additional passengers, or a maximum of 7 passengers without the wheelchair user. Wheelchair users can access the vehicle via a simple ramp, which if upgraded can fold away into the vehicle to create a large storage area. The Versa Connect Long comes with Ford’s Stop and Start technology, which alongside its 65mpg makes it an economical wheelchair accessible vehicle that is affordable to run. At Bristol Street Versa we have both automatic and manual versions of the Versa Connect Long, with the manual version available on Motability with an advance payment of only £4295.

Versa Master LWB

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The Versa Master is a converted Renault Master van, and one of the roomiest wheelchair accessible vehicles we have available to lease through the Motability scheme. With a longer wheel base, the Versa Master LWB can accommodate the wheelchair user, driver, and up to 7 other passengers. If required, the Versa Master wheelchair accessible vehicle can also be modified to be able to carry a total of 4 wheelchair passengers. The Master LWB is available on Motability from £10,245 advance payment for the manual version, which includes rear heating and air conditioning as standard.

All the vehicles listed are able to receive specialist attachments and alterations, so if you’re interested in a custom wheelchair accessible vehicle, or would like to enquire about the cost of adaptations on the Motability scheme, then we would love to hear from you. Just make an enquiry online, or get in touch with our friendly customer services team. We can’t show you all the vehicles available on Motability, so why not take a look at the full range we have online.

 

 

 

 

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Title: Am I Eligible For Motability?

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Summary: Since being launched in 1977, the Motability scheme has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life by giving them low cost access to vehicles. Funded by charities and the government, with Motability disabled people can receive a car with modifications that allow for ease of access.

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Am I Eligible for Motability

Since being launched in 1977, the Motability scheme has helped thousands of people improve their quality of life by giving them low cost access to vehicles. Funded by charities and the government, with Motability disabled people can receive a car with modifications that allow for ease of access. This way, people who may not have previously been able to drive, let alone get in a vehicle, can have the same freedoms as the general public.

If you think that the scheme could help you, but are not sure whether you’re eligible for Motability, we’ve put a guide together to help. With the information below, you can figure out your eligibility for Motability, and how to get a Motability car.

What allowances do I need to receive?

Eligibility for Motability is primarily assessed based on allowances supplied by the Government. If you receive one or more types of the following four Government allowances, you could be eligible to receive a car on the scheme.

  1. Disability Living Allowance

You’re eligible for Motability if you’re in receipt of the Higher Rate Mobility band of Disability Living Allowance, provided by the Department of Work and Pensions. Currently, this allowance is £57.45 a week, which can then be used to fund a Motability vehicle. However, in order to receive a vehicle on the scheme, you’ll need to prove that you still have a years’ worth of the allowance remaining to be paid to you.

  1. Personal Independence Payment

Whilst the Disability Living Allowance is still in effect, it is set to be gradually phased out and replaced with something called Personal Independence Payment. Currently this replacement is not in full effect. However, those who are receiving PIP, and are getting the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component – currently £57.45 – will be eligible to lease a vehicle on the Motability scheme.

  1. War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement

Veterans UK provide supplements to those in receipt of pension who were medically discharged from service. If you’re currently receiving a War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement of £64.15 per week, you’ll be eligible for Motability.

  1. Armed Forces Independence Payment

Those injured as a result of active service in the armed forced are eligible to receive Armed Forces Independence Payment, and a mobility payment. The Mobility component of AFIP is £57.45, and if you’re receiving this, you’ll be eligible for Motability.

How long should I have received this allowance?                                                   

When applying for Motability, there is no time limit on how long you’ve received an allowance. Whether you’ve received a mobility allowance for 5 years or 5 months, you may still be eligible for Motability.

However, how long you’ll be receiving the allowance will be taken into account. In order to get a Motability car lease, you’ll need to be receiving any of the above allowances for a minimum of 12 months into the future. If you do not have at least 12 months remaining, you won’t be eligible for Motability.

Is there an age limit on Motability?

Those above the age of 3 and in receipt of any of the above allowances could be eligible to lease a car on Motability. Whilst there is a minimum age required, there is no upper age limit. However, in certain cases individual circumstances may need to be assessed.

I’m unable to drive – am I still eligible?

If you don’t hold a valid UK license, you can still be eligible for Motability. The same applies to those who hold a license, but are no longer able to drive themselves.

To account for those who are unable to drive, when taking out a Motability lease, you’ll be given the option of naming up to 2 drivers; neither of which has to be yourself. A named driver could be member of family, a friend, or a carer.

However, in order to be named as a nominated driver, a person must meet certain requirements.

  • Named Motability drivers must hold a valid driving license. If the license is valid but not UK issued, the driver will need to undergo additional checks to decide eligibility.
  • Motability drivers must not have any previous convictions or disqualifications to legally drive a leased car.
  • Ideally, any nominated drivers should live within 5 miles of the Motability scheme customer’s place of abode. However, this is flexible and suitability can be assessed individually.
  • If naming more than one driver, only one driver can be under 21. This should ideally be someone who lives with the Motability customer. If drivers are under 25, there are restrictions on the type of vehicles able to be leased.

Will my disability influence whether I’m eligible?

When working out the eligibility of scheme members, individual disabilities are not taken into account. All that’s required is that scheme members are receiving one of the stated allowances.

However, if your application has been successful, and you’re eligible for Motability, we can take your individual circumstances into account when helping you choose a vehicle. We have vehicles available to suit a wide range of individual circumstances, and so we’ll be able to help you choose a vehicle that will truly be best for you.

We hope this guide has given you some idea of whether you’re eligible for Motability. If you’re still thinking “can I get a Motability car?”, and would like some professional advice, you can always get in touch with the team at Bristol Street Versa. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help you decide whether Motability is right for you, and even let you know which wheelchair accessible vehicles we have available that would suit your needs best.

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Title: Everything You Need to Know About Motability

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Since being founded in 1978, Motability has helped millions of people in the UK to get access to life changing vehicles. It’s estimated that over 640,000 people of all ages and backgrounds benefit from the scheme, which allows those with disabilities to affordably drive the vehicles that are right for them.

If you think you might be eligible to receive the benefits of Motability, but don’t know the full ins and outs of the scheme, we’re here to help. With our full guide to Motability, we’ve put together all the information you could need to know before deciding whether to look into the scheme. With eligibility, pricing, and the benefits of the scheme all covered, we’ve provided a full introduction to Motability.

What is Motability?

Motability is a scheme that helps disabled people to lease brand new cars, scooters, and wheelchairs by using their government-funded mobility allowance. If a person receives a regular government mobility allowance, they can exchange all or some of this to fund a lease car. When a person leases a car under Motability, they may also be able to receive Motability adaptations. These adaptations are designed to make it easier for those with specific needs to drive, and can be simply installed into most cars when needed.

What are the benefits of Motability?

The Motability scheme presents a number of benefits for disabled people. Members of the Motability scheme can get:

  • A new lease vehicle every 3 years
  • Insurance, maintenance and servicing readily organised, and carried out free of charge.
  • Full breakdown assistance included in all lease packages.
  • Replacement tyres and windscreens when needed.
  • Vehicle tax readily paid and arranged.

If you need vehicle adaptations – such as steering wheel alterations, pedal rearrangements, and wheelchair lifts – you may be able to receive these free of charge. However, not all adaptations are free, so you should always ask your dealership about the potential extra costs of any extras you might need.

Who is eligible for Motability?

Eligibility for Motability depends on a number of factors. As mentioned, the main prerequisite is that all applicants must receive some form of government funded disability allowance. At the moment, these allowances are:

Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)

Only those in receipt of the highest amount of the Disability Living Allowance are eligible to be considered for Motability. As of April 2015, this amount is currently £57.45.

Enhanced Rate of Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)                       

Personal Independence Payment was introduced by the Government to replace Disability Living Allowance for people of working age.  This has seen many new recipients of the benefit with different qualifying criteria and assessments are currently taking place across the country.  If you receive the enhanced rate of the mobility component of PIP, currently, £57.45 a week, then you may be eligible to receive Motability.

Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)

AFIP was introduced in 2012, to compensate veterans of the British Army injured as a result of active service. The mobility component of AFIP is currently £57.45, the same as DLA and PIP, and if you’re in receipt of this you may be eligible for Motability.

War Pensioners Mobility Supplement

This is an allowance paid by Veterans UK to those injured in active service, and is currently £64.15 a week. Those who receive this mobility supplement are able to apply for Motability.

Applicants must have at least 12 months left of any allowance to be eligible to join the Motability scheme. There is no upper age limit for drivers on the scheme; as long as drivers are the legal 17 or above, they’re eligible to join.

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How much does a Motability car cost?

A large range of vehicles are available through the Motability scheme, all paid for by exchanging all or part of your disability living allowance.

Around 200 Motability cars are currently available at a lower cost than any of the above allowances, and many more can be accessed by exchanging the entirety of your allowance. If the cost is lower than the whole of the disability payment, they will still be regularly paid the remainder of the allowance.

A wider choice of vehicles is available if you decide to pay an advance payment. This is a one off payment given at the beginning of a lease period, in addition to the payments supported by your mobility allowance. This payment is payable on the day you collect your car, or the day before.

Who can drive a Motability car?

Two named drivers are allowed to be added when leasing a Motability vehicle; this can include the disabled person themselves, family members, carers, or friends. This means that you don’t necessarily need to be able to drive or hold a driving license to join Motability, as the both named driver positions can be taken up by others. Nominated drivers must be named when taking out a lease on a vehicle, and will need to provide certain information about themselves. A third driver can also be added if necessary, but this comes at an additional cost.

Certain restrictions apply to nominated drivers, listed below.

  • Only one nominated driver is permitted to be under 21, providing they live at the same address as the customer.
  • Drivers under 25 will be restricted to driving vehicles that fall within lower insurance groups.
  • Nominated drivers should live within 5 miles of the Motability scheme member’s address. However, exceptions will be considered in cases where the proposed drivers are essential to the support of the customer’s mobility and Motability are satisfied that the car will be used for the customers benefit.
  • Drivers with certain criminal convictions or driving disqualifications may not be permitted to be nominated.

If needed, your nominated drivers can be changed part of the way through a lease period; this needs to be done through contact with RSA Motability. A temporary nominated driver can also be added if and when necessary, for a period of 30 days at a time. However, if the temporary driver is the third driver added to the lease, this will come at a cost.

How do I get a Motability car?

Once you’ve worked out whether you’re eligible for Motability, you can get started looking for a vehicle. Motability vehicles from a range of manufacturers can be leased from Bristol Street Motors dealerships up and down the UK, with all of these having at least one member of staff trained to deal with Motability queries.

Getting a new Motability vehicle involves a few easy steps:

  • Before heading to a Bristol Street Motors dealership, it’s always a good idea to ring ahead or get in touch beforehand, and book an appointment with the Motability specialist. This way, you can be certain that there will be someone there who can fully handle your queries when you visit.
  • When you come see one of our Motability specialists, they should be able to let you know exactly what’s available to you on the scheme. Simply tell them a little about yourself, such as any specific needs you might have, how much you’re able to spend, and who will be driving the car. It is important to bring along your award notice or letter of entitlement confirming your allowance and length of award, proof of address (a utility bill addressed to the customer dates within the last three months), driving licences of all those to drive the car and the Dealer Guidelines letter if you have been awarded a grant.
  • Once we know what you’re looking for, and what you need, we’ll be able to suggest the options that are best for you. We’ll also be able to tell you about any adaptations we think would be suitable for you.
  • Once you’ve decided on the Motability car that you think is right for you, we’ll order it in for you, complete with any adaptations. Delivery can take up to a few weeks, and we’ll keep in touch to let you know of the progress. In the meantime, you’ll be given a Personal Identification Number – keep hold of this.
  • Once your car arrives we will arrange a convenient time for you to come in to the dealership On collecting the car you will be required to enter your PIN as an electronic signature and acceptance of the contract hire agreement.
  • Then, our Motability specialist will check over the car with you explaining controls, features and equipment.

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Is Motability right for me?

If you have a disability and receive some form of mobility allowance – or care for someone who does – you may want to consider Motability. To help you make a decision, here’s a summary of how to get Motability, and what it can do for you.

  • If you receive some form of government funded mobility allowance, you might be able to get a Motability car.
  • Cars on the Motability scheme can be leased for 3 years, and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles can be leased for 5 years.
  • Over 2000 vehicles are available on the scheme, from all major manufacturers.
  • You may be able to receive vehicle adaptations to help driving easier and more comfortable; some of these come free of charge.
  • You don’t need to drive to get a Motability car, as you’ll simply need to name someone who can drive for you.
  • You can join Motability as a carer on behalf of another person, so long as this person is above 3 years of age.

If the above sounds like something you’d be eligible for, or interested in, then Motability might be right for you. To find out what the Motability scheme can do for you, why not get in touch with a Bristol Street Motors dealership near you. Or, why not just take a look at the Motability vehicles we have available online right now.

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