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About the Scheme

The Motability Scheme provides a simple way to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair without the worry of owning or running one.

Since it began in 1978, the Motability Scheme has helped millions of disabled people and their families gain independence and freedom, with an overall customer satisfaction of 98%. The Motability Scheme is delivered on a day-to-day basis by Motability Operations Ltd, under contract to Motability.

Motability, as a national charity, may be able to provide charitable grants to disabled people who would otherwise be unable to afford the vehicle, adaptations or driving lessons they need.

Find out more about Charitable Grants .

Man outside his vehicle.

Who can join the Motability Scheme?

Over 630,000 disabled people and their families across the UK are benefiting from the freedom and independence provided through the Motability Scheme. 

The Motability Scheme is available to anyone who receives one of the following allowances, with at least 12 months remaining:

  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA);
  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP);
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS);
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

Carers and parents can drive on behalf of the disabled person, so parents of children (from the age of three) and non-drivers can apply to join. The vehicle must be used by, or for the benefit of, the disabled person.

If you have not yet been awarded one of the above allowances, you will need to do this before you can apply to join the Motability Scheme.

Find out more about applying for allowances.

How does the Motability Scheme work?

The Motability Scheme is available throughout the UK

If you receive one of the above qualifying benefits and have at least 12 months remaining on your award, you can apply for a Motability Scheme vehicle.

With Motability, all or part of your mobility allowance is transferred to Motability Operations Ltd for the duration of the lease period. Some vehicles are available at less or no more than the cost of the weekly allowance, while other, more expensive vehicles, require an additional payment (known as an Advance Payment) to cover the cost of the lease.

How to join the Scheme

If you decide that the Motability Scheme is right for you, there are a few steps you need to take in order to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair:

  1. Choose a vehicle - test drive it and consider adaptations.
  2. Search for dealers - there are over 4,500 Motability dealerships in the UK.
  3. Order the vehicle - the dealership’s Motability specialist will assist with each order .

Every lease includes:

  • Insurance.
  • Servicing and maintenance.
  • Full breakdown assistance.
  • Replacement tyres and batteries.

Leasing a car or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) will also cover:

  • 20,000 mileage allowance per year of lease.
  • Window and windscreen repair or replacement.
  • A choice of adaptations, many at no extra cost.

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