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Motability Scheme

The Motability Scheme provides a simple way to lease a new car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), scooter or powered wheelchair without the worry of owning and 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.

Who can join the Motability Scheme?

Over 640,000 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:

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

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 have this before you can apply to join the Motability Scheme.

How does the Motability Scheme work?

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 the Motability Scheme, 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, WAV, scooter or powered wheelchair:

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

Every lease includes:

  • Insurance (for up to three named drivers for cars and WAVs). 
  • Servicing and maintenance.
  • Full breakdown assistance.
  • Tyre repair and replacement.

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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