Motability Dealer in Sussex

Adaptations & Conversions

Understanding Motability

The Motability Scheme enables people with a disability to lease a brand new car and have all the support they need to enjoy stress-free motoring. At Birchwood Ford, we are proud to provide a comprehensive service to Motability customers. Our dedicated Motability specialists can use their considerable expertise to guide you through every stage of the process, from determining eligibility to taking delivery of your brand new car.

If you have a disability and receive a government-funded mobility allowance, you are entitled to lease a car through the Motability Scheme. It works by using your weekly payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or Veterans UK to pay for the lease on your Motability vehicle. Depending on the car that you choose, your mobility allowance may be fully used to cover the cost, or there may be some money left over each week. If this is the case, the remainder will be paid directly to you.



Motability Benefits at a Glance

The Motability lease offers comprehensive support for motorists with a disability. The weekly payment covers most running costs, including:

      • A brand new car every three years
      • Insurance from RAC Motability
      • Breakdown assistance
      • Aftersales servicing, maintenance and repairs
      • Many of the common adaptations

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Motability Offers

At Birchwood, we have a wide range of vehicles available to lease through the Motability Scheme. Many of our practical and stylish models are subject to exclusive Motability offers.

Our competitive offers help your money go further, for example by enabling you to lease a desirable car without an advance payment.

We update our Motability offers regularly, so check the website to see the deals for Motability customers.

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Understanding the Scheme

The Motability Scheme is an independent not-for-profit organisation, which provides mobility solutions for people with disabilities.

It was established to provide disabled people with safe, reliable and affordable cars. Cars account for 99% of the Scheme's activities, with powered wheelchairs and scooters making up the remainder.

The Scheme works only because it brings together a number of essential elements:

- The Government (Department for Work and Pensions and Veterans Agency)
- Motability (the registered charity empowered by its Royal Charter)
- Motability Operations (owned by the UK's largest banks), operating the car Schemes on a not-for-profit basis
- route2mobility Ltd ("r2m"), a privately owned company which operates the powered wheelchair and scooter scheme
- Manufacturers of cars, powered wheelchairs and scooters
- Car dealers and dealers in powered wheelchairs and scooters
- Specialist vehicle adaptation companies
- Insurance and roadside assistance providers

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In the UK, over 1.5 million disabled people qualify for the Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance and over 17,000 qualify for the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement. What a disabled person chooses to do with that money is entirely up to them. Currently, 400,000 disabled people have chosen to have their allowances paid to the Scheme to meet the cost of having a car, powered wheelchair or scooter through a contract hire or hire purchase arrangement.

Not only can you get a car on the scheme, but a wide range of adaptations and conversions can also be made to suit your individual needs. These include:

- An adjustable steering column
- Parking sensors
- Start button ignition
- Push-pull hand controls
- Left-foot accelerators
- An electric hoist to lift powered wheelchairs and scooters into the car
- Swivel seats
- Easy release handbrakes
- Pedal extensions
- Steering wheel balls
- Infrared controls

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Frequently Asked Questions

Birchwood is an established dealership with many years of experience in the motor industry. We are proud to work in partnership with the Motability scheme, having helped hundreds of disabled drivers and their carers become more mobile. Birchwood has a range of reputable car brands on our forecourt including Mitsubishi, Ford, Kia and ŠKODA, which each have models that can be adapted to suit your needs.

  • Can my Motability allowance be used on a car and scooter/powered vehicle?

Currently, only one vehicle is eligible for the Motability scheme, as it is one lease agreement per driver.

  • Is there an age limit for the Motability scheme?

From the age 16, people are eligible to claim the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and take out a lease in their own name. Those over the age of 65 are still eligible for the scheme, so long as they receive PIP, Disability Living Allowance, War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) and Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

  • When will I receive my car?

Each car takes a different length of time to be adapted, so speak to us about your specific model and we can advise.

  • How to find the most suitable Motability car (please reference the Motability Suitability Questionnaire)

The amount of choice in the many suitable cars can be overwhelming. Luckily, the Motability Suitability Questionnaire is a useful tool to help you decide.

  • Is insurance included in the dealership price?

Rest assured that all of your insurance costs are included in your lease.

  • What is not covered by RSA Motability insurance?

Factors not covered in the scheme’s insurance policy are similar to those of other policies. These include the excess (which is normally around £100), loss of keys, personal belongings, non-standard equipment/modifications, driving other cars and unauthorised/uninsured drivers.

  • What happens at the end of the lease?

At the end of your lease, you can choose to extend your lease on your current vehicle, take out a lease on another car, or return your car and have your allowance reinstated. The option you choose will depend on your needs and your budget, so speak to a sales adviser for advice before your lease is up.

  • What is Advance Payment?

This is the amount of money needed for a deposit on the car, and the remaining value of the model is paid throughout the duration of the lease. Many models come with zero advance payment, so you can save money at the onset.

  • Can someone else collect my car?

Only appointees are able to collect your car, otherwise the car must be collected by you in order to sign the legal agreement. The appointee is the individual solely responsible for collecting state benefits on behalf of the disabled person.

  • How much do adaptations cost and who pays for them?

The Motability Managed Adaptations Programme lists the various prices of adaptations, but it is worth noting that many of the adaptation costs are included as part of your lease.

  • What is covered by RSA Motability insurance?

The Motability scheme has many factors that come as standard in the insurance policy, including: loss, damage, theft, fire, replacement glass and locks. Each adaptation and modification specified at the start of the policy is also covered, along with any car accessories, in-car equipment, and tools.

Contact Us

To find out more about the Motability Scheme, follow the links below to find detail information on a range of different topics. You can also meet the team and find background information on our Motability Specialists to demonstrate their experience to give you the confidence and reassurance that our team can help you find your new Motability car.


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