After having my driving license revoked for a year and a half due to medical reasons, at the end of January I had my license returned to me! This has been a very exciting time as driving previously had made such a huge impact on my quality of life and levels of independence.
I decided to get a car through the Motability scheme, which is an option if you are eligible for a higher rate of mobility allowance on awards such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) or Disability Living Allowance (DLA). You can choose to use the finance to lease a car or a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair. Before applying for the Motability Scheme to lease a vehicle I felt a bit out of my depth with trying to find out everything I needed to know, so I wanted to share my experience here to help others who may be considering joining!
First of all, I was genuinely quite astounded by how easy the process was. As long as you have 12 months at the minimum left on your award, you can just find a local dealer (almost all of my local garages do the Motability scheme) and start the process. There are a wide range of cars to choose from, depending on: your age, how much of your award you want to go towards the car and whether or not you want to pay an advanced payment (applicable to more expensive cars). You can also choose from a huge range of adaptations to suit your needs.
Honestly, there are so many cars to choose from it’s overwhelming. If like me, you haven’t a clue where to start… I recommend going through the list (which you can find here) and applying the appropriate filters, then narrowing it down to a handful of cars which you think you’d like to see in person. I managed to get the list down to 5 or 6 cars that I thought may be suitable for my needs. I then went round the garages, looked at the cars and spoke to the Motability specialists on site if they were available. I didn’t book an appointment at any of them but this may be a good idea if you definitely know that you want to speak to the Motability specialist at the garage.
I ended up test driving two cars and quickly decided which of the two I preferred. I then took the necessary documents to the garage – my driving license and my award letter. From there it was so simple as the Motability specialist at the garage made my application online for me and ordered the car at the same time. Everything went through quickly and 2 and a half weeks after ordering, I picked up my beautiful new car.
My experience of the Motability Scheme has been absolutely fantastic and even though I haven’t had my car for very long at all, it’s already drastically improved my quality of life. I can be independent, get to my medical appointments and have a social life again.
Thanks for reading, and if I can help with any questions you may have about the scheme, please contact me via the form at the bottom of this page!
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