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How does Motability work?

Motability is a charity-led scheme that is available to any citizen who receives mobility allowances from the British government. If you receive any of the four higher rate mobility allowances, you are able to exchange your weekly benefits with the Motability Scheme to lease a brand-new car or Wheelchair accessible Vehicle (WAV).


Even if you are not able to drive, you can nominate up to two people to drive on your behalf. This is can especially be the case for disabled children who need a parent or guardian to drive the car, for anyone who has a disability that prevents them from being able to drive, or for those who have lost their license.


Motability is designed to be as stress free as possible. So anyone who is eligible can lease a car on a three-year deal and they don’t have to worry about insurance, tax, maintenance or servicing. Rather, the Motability Charity who lead the scheme take care of everything at no extra cost so you don’t have to worry about anything other than driving the car for your own benefit. Payments are transferred automatically between Motability and the Department for Work and Pensions every four weeks, which are in turn deducted from the mobility allowances of recipients.


At the end of the three year lease you can either choose to lease a new Motability car or reinstate your benefits and leave the scheme. If you think you no longer require the use of a Motability car, there are mobility scooters and motorised wheelchairs also available as an alternative. Leasing a scooter or wheelchair works in a similar fashion to a car, you'll just need to contact an appropriate Motability supplier to apply.

How the Motability scheme works - step by step

wheelchair user with a guardian
wheelchair user with a guardian

Check you are eligible


Read our short guide on eligibility for the Motability Scheme.

stoneacre showroom staff talking with a customer about Motability
stoneacre showroom staff talking with a customer about Motability

Contact a Motability dealer


If you are eligible, contact a Motability dealer to apply for the scheme.


stoneacre car showroom
stoneacre car showroom

Choose your vehicle


Choose your vehicle and required adaptations with the help of a Motability specialist.


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citroen motability car driving on a bridge

Use your vehicle


Just add fuel and go! Use your vehicle and enjoy the benefits of Motability.


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