Motability scheme


The Motability Scheme run by a national charity - Motability

It provides a simple way to lease a new car, scooter or powered wheelchair without the worry of owning or running one.

To make use of the scheme, you will need to exchange your mobility allowance to lease a new car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle ( WAV ), scooter or powered wheelchair.


It is available to a person with enhanced rate of personal independence payment 'mobility component' or the higher rate of disability living allowance mobility component, awards must have a minimum of 12 months to run.

How it works

The Motability Scheme enables people to get mobile by exchanging their mobility allowance to lease a new car, Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle ( WAV ), scooter or powered wheelchair.

The mileage limits are 60,000 miles for a 3 year lease and 100,000 mile for a 5 year lease. Additional miles are charged at 5p per mile.

There are no credit checks for the agreement.

What you will get

  • The package includes free car insurance for up to two drivers, additional drivers can be added at a cost. NB. A driver with fully comprehensive insurance that is not named on your certificate of motor insurance is not permitted to drive the vehicle.

  • Leases are for 3 years standard but can be extended to 5 years.

  • Road tax is waived.

  • Maintenance of the vehicle is free.

  • Good Condition Bonus: If you return your car in good condition, you could be eligible to receive Motability's Good Condition Bonus. The amount you receive depends on the length of the agreement: it is currently £600 for a three year lease and £900 for a five year lease.

Motability Grant programmes

Motability has a vision that no disabled person shall be disadvantaged due to poor access to transportation. To achieve this vision, it offers a number of grant programmes to help disabled persons:

1. Motability Scheme-related Grant Programmes

2. Access to Mobility Grant Programmes

How to claim

There are 3 steps to join the scheme:

  1. Find the right vehicle for you online

  2. Visit specialist dealers for expert advice and arrange a test drive - Find a Dealer

  3. Order your new car through an approved Motability dealer

Motability has a good range of FAQs to look at too.