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Help with the cost of Advance Payments, WAVs and adaptations

Motability may be able to help with the cost of an Advance Payment for a car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) for a passenger or adaptations to a Scheme vehicle.

Our funding is limited and therefore we can only help those most in need. We means test all applications and any help we give is always towards the best value solution to help you cope with your mobility needs.

Take a look at the criteria below to see if you could be eligible.

These are the key things that we take into account to help prioritise our limited funding:

  • Aside from the disabled person’s own mobility needs, Motability will consider their immediate family who live in the same household. This means a spouse/ partner, parents, siblings or children up to the age of 16.
  • Motability can also take into account other members of the household in receipt of the Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance or Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment and who do not lease their own Motability Scheme vehicles.
  • Motability will also, in as far as possible, take into account paid carers. This is dependent on the nature of the care provided, the times at which care is given and the extent to which the carer needs to travel in the vehicle.
  • When considering the type of vehicle for which Motability might provide help, the following will generally be taken into account: Attending school, college or work including taking account of any reasonable equipment that is essential to those activities.
  • Attending school, college or work including taking account of any reasonable equipment that is essential to those activities.
  • Carrying out normal, day-to-day activities locally.
  • Attending hospital and doctor appointments.
  • Carrying essential and frequently needed mobility equipment, such as a wheelchair, small or medium sized scooter or walking frame. This does not include spare items.
  • Carrying any essential medical equipment such as an oxygen cylinder or dialysis equipment.
  • Carrying items for respite care, if undertaken on a frequent basis at a location some distance away from home.
  • Disability-related equipment to enable participation in sporting activities.
  • Accommodating an assistance dog.

Generally, the following is not taken into account:

  • Any vehicle or adaptation that has been ordered or delivered prior to a decision being made.
  • Additional seating for children over 16.
  • Additional seating for a carer’s children.
  • Medically unproven representations regarding comfort of ride and/or seating.
  • The ability to carry a large, all-terrain or road-legal scooter or all-terrain wheelchair.
  • Towing requirements, for example; caravan, horsebox, boats.
  • Accommodating friends, relatives or others who do not live in the same household.
  • Travelling abroad.
  • The provision of changing or washing facilities ‘in-vehicle’.
  • Accommodation of hoists or ‘day-beds’.
  • Accommodation of equipment or luggage for holidays.
  • Accommodation of equipment for hobbies and leisure pursuits.
  • Fuel type.
  • Fuel consumption.

If you have carefully considered your needs and cannot find a suitable vehicle or adaptations in your price range, please take a look at our information about How to apply for a Charitable Grant .