Frequently asked questions about Motability qualification.
Do I qualify for Motability?
If you receive: the Higher Rate mobility component of the disabled living allowance, the enhanced rate of PIP (Personal Independence Payment), Armed Forces Independence Payment or a War Pensioners allowance, then the answer is yes, you qualify for Motability.
Are there any conditions?
The only condition is that you have at least 12 months award remaining. There are no credit checks or other restrictions.
Are Busseys serious about Motability?
Busseys are proud that we have helped 340 plus disabled people, each year, to obtain a brand new car through the Motability Contract Hire Scheme
I don’t drive, can I still apply for Motability?
Even if you do not drive, you can still obtain a vehicle and choose up to two other people to drive for you.
I am a parent/carer to a child who receives the allowance, can I apply?
Yes you can. If you are a relative or carer to someone who claims the allowance (recognised by the DWP as an appointee), you can apply on their behalf. The only condition is that the car is used for the benefit of the disabled person. This can involve travelling in the vehicle or a driver running errands for the disabled person.
I am a carer for a person living in a care home or supported living who receives the allowance, Can I apply?
Yes you can. If you are a relative or carer to someone who claims the allowance (recognised by the DWP as an appointee), you can apply on their behalf. The only condition is that the car is used for the benefit of the disabled person. This can involve travelling in the vehicle or a driver running errands for the disabled person. An ‘open’ insurance policy for numerous drivers can also be applied for, where multiple carers drive on behalf of the disabled person.
What if I am unsure if changing to the new PIP (Personal Independence Payment) will affect me?
You are able to apply for a car, as long as you meet the current application criteria. If you lose your allowance, part way into the contract, you would have to return the car. You would be eligible for ‘transitional’ help from Motability including, some money back (this could be as much as £2000 depending on how long you have been with Motability). Motability may also allow you to purchase your car. Please ask for further details (pdf).
As well as having a brand new car, are there other benefits?
Yes, included in the Motability Contract Hire, at no extra cost, is a Mileage allowance of 20,000 per year, Road tax, Fully comprehensive insurance for up to two drivers (a third driver at extra cost, or an open policy for numerous drivers in certain situations), Full RAC cover, All servicing, warranty work and MOT, Tyres (worn or punctured) will be repaired or replaced and windscreens (that are chipped or cracked) will be repaired or replaced. . (Excess applies to insurance claims and windscreen replacements).
As you can see the scheme offers excellent value for money, all this in exchange for your higher rate mobility allowance. There are a range of advance payments to suit all budgets.
Also, grants are available for more expensive advance payments or complex adaptations**. Commonly ordered adaptations are available with part funding from Motability providing they are ordered with the vehicle, offering savings approximately £500.
If this sounds good to you, and I am sure it will, call in to our Motability specialists at our Busseys branches at Whiffler Road, Norwich, Hall Road, Norwich or Enterprise Way, Fakenham, to see just what we can offer.
Our Motability specialists look forward to hearing from you soon.
**Please contact Motability for more information about the scheme or grants on 0300 4564566