FAQs from the Motability Scheme regarding COVID-19
Posted on 31 Mar 2020
The latest Government announcements will have a major impact on the Scheme, with many dealerships now closing. This means that we do not expect dealers to process any further orders, or manage handovers, or car returns.
With the uncertainty that this is creating for many of us, we wanted to reassure you that we will support you where possible to help you remain mobile during this time. Our teams have now relocated to enable remote working, but like many organisations, we are working with fewer numbers of colleagues, so would ask for your support if we are unable to come back to you as soon as usual.
Below we have answered our current most frequently asked questions.
My lease expires in the next three months, what will happen if I can’t place an application for a new car?
As a valued customer, we know you are going through a time of great uncertainty and worry. Keeping you mobile is our utmost priority. Following the Government’s latest announcement instructing the closure of dealerships, we will automatically apply a six month lease extension to customers who are approaching the end of their lease. There is no need to contact us, as we will automatically extend your lease and you will also automatically receive a Certificate of Motor Insurance or a temporary cover note from RSA Motability (RSAM) covering this six-month period. We would hope that at some point we may be in a position to shorten this six-month extension, and will be in contact if we are able to do so.
I have placed an application, will the handover of my car go ahead?
Following the Government’s latest announcement, the network of dealerships who help to supply the Scheme has now been forced to closed. If you are currently already a customer with a car on the Scheme your lease will automatically be extended for a further six months and you will also automatically receive a Certificate of Motor Insurance or a temporary cover note from RSA Motability (RSAM) covering this six-month period. If Government advice changes and your dealership re-opens earlier than this, then you can contact your dealer at this time to arrange an earlier handover.
If you are not currently a customer on the Scheme and are waiting for your first car to be delivered, unfortunately this will now be delayed until the dealerships that supply the Scheme are able to open again. We appreciate that this might be difficult for you, however we are not able to hand over any new cars at this time. Unfortunately we are not able to arrange for any cars to be delivered either.
I was in the process of choosing my first car on the Scheme but had not yet placed an application, can I still go ahead?
Unfortunately due to the Government advice, we are unable to take applications for a new car at this time. We hope that you are able to stay mobile using your existing method of transport during this time and hope that we can welcome you as a customer later in the year.
I do not want to place a renewal application, how do I hand my car back?
If you plan to leave the Scheme at the end of your lease, contact us on 0300 456 4566 so we can discuss arrangements.
What will happen with my Good Condition Bonus?
We are planning to pay the Good Condition Bonus on the original lease end date for your car. However, please bear with us as we work to make this process possible remotely. This may mean that your cheque may take a little longer than it otherwise would. Please do not contact us, unless it is at least two months after your Good Condition Bonus was due and you have still not received your cheque.
What will happen with Advance Payments?
If you have already placed an application the price you agreed with your dealer will be the price you pay when the car is able to be delivered.
My usual driver is not able to drive me at the moment, can I add a new driver?
Your lease includes insurance for up to three named drivers, these can be family, friends or carers. If you urgently need to add a new driver, please call RSAM on 0300 037 3737. The driver you wish to add will need to be with you when you call, so RSAM can check their details and add them to the insurance straight away.
Are your partner services open to help if I need them?
The RAC are on hand to help if you have a breakdown and need emergency help. Please call 0800 73 111 73
Our insurance partner RSA Motability are working remotely to help with any urgent insurance queries. Please call 0300 037 3737
Many Kwik Fit centre remain open, they also offer a mobile service. Call the Tyreline on 0330 123 1531 or for mobile appointments 0330 123 1533
The MOT is due on my car, what should I do?
The Government have announced that any MOT’s due to expire after Monday 30 March will have an automatic six-month extension, so once your dealership has reopened they will contact you to book this in.
If your MOT is due to expire before this date, you should arrange this with your dealer if their service centre is still operating, or with Kwik Fit at one of their centres. If you are self-isolating you should book the MOT for after the period of self-isolation is over, or ask a named driver to take the vehicle to be tested.
My service is due or my car requires repairs, what happens now?
Non-essential service, maintenance and repairs are likely to be cancelled as dealers close, but the RAC will continue to offer an emergency breakdown service.
I am in a hire car at the moment, how do I collect my Scheme car?
For the time being we will need you to remain in the hire car that has been provided for you. Unfortunately as our dealerships are currently closed we are not able to reunite you with your usual Scheme car at the time being.
What do I do if the customer unfortunately passes away during this time?
Should a customer die during their lease, a family member should contact us as soon as possible. The quickest and easiest way to do this is by filling out our Notification of a customer passing away form, alternatively you can phone us on 0300 456 4566, please bear with us as we are taking longer than usual to answer calls. We will then advise you of the next steps you need to take which usually means that we will arrange for the car to be collected within a few weeks, however at this time it may take longer for us to process this request.
I was due to be reassessed for my allowance but the DWP have suspended my assessment for 3 months; can I stay in my current vehicle?
If your lease is due to end before your reassessment, please contact us on 0300 456 4566 so we can apply a lease extension for you. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have confirmed that they will continue to pay allowances where they have had to delay assessments.
I am abroad with my Motability Scheme vehicle but I cannot get back due to the Coronavirus, what can I do?
If your lease is due to expire and you are unable to return to the UK, please contact us on 0300 456 4566 so we can apply a lease extension.
My question hasn’t been answered, can I call you?
We are currently experiencing staff shortages and have limited availability on our phone lines. Unless your call is extremely urgent, please do not call us at this time. We hope that you will find the answer to your query here or in our regular news updates which will be posted on the home page of our website. We also have a webchat facility which might be quicker than holding for our advisors on the telephone. We will be regularly updating this page to ensure we cover the most frequently asked customer questions.