To be eligible to join the Motability Scheme, you need to receive one of the following disability benefits and you must have at least 12 months’ award length remaining. Please note that the Attendance Allowance cannot be used to lease a car through the Scheme.
Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA)
Enhanced Rate Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP)
War Pensioner’s Mobility Supplement (WPMS)
Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
If your benefit is not renewed during the lease period on your chosen model, then you will have to return it when your allowance ends. It’s also possible to apply on the behalf of a child aged three or older, as long as they are entitled to the Higher Mobility component of the DLA. There are no medical assessments for the scheme, and you can choose a vehicle straight away without being placed on a waiting list.
All vehicles are provided fully taxed and insured, and every manufacturer and dealer will offer you a reassuringly high level of cover.
To guarantee that your Motability Scheme car is perfect for you, the majority of adaptations can be made to the model at no extra charge. You can also name up to two drivers for your chosen car for free – another person nominated can drive the car if you don’t want to or are unable to.
Whilst you remain on the scheme, you are guaranteed a brand new car every three years or a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) every five years, full breakdown assistance, and free repairs for your windscreen and tyres.
We understand at Mervyn Stewart that sometimes the application process may seem daunting, so please allow us 15 minutes of your time at our Belfast or North Down (located between the Bangor and Ards Carriageway) showrooms, to explain how we can take away any concerns. We aim to make it a stress-free experience for you.