The Motability Scheme provides those with a mobility allowance the option of a new vehicle every three years. You will also get full breakdown assistance, as well as repairs, servicing, and insurance. It is a great scheme, however, you need to consider your options carefully to make sure that the vehicle you choose is right for you. So, let’s take a look at some of the important considerations when looking for the best Motability car.
Size of the vehicle – One of the first factors you need to consider is the size of your wheelchair accessible vehicle. To determine this, take into account the weight and size of your wheelchair, as well as the seated height of your wheelchair. You also need to consider the amount of equipment you will need to take with you on your journeys, as well as the number of people you regularly travel with. Most small Motability vehicles will accommodate up to four people, and they have a ramp, rather than a lift. Large wheelchair accessible vehicles, on the other hand, are suitable for those who travel with lots of equipment and/or passengers, and they tend to have a lift to make entry easier.
Everyday use – Your everyday use of the vehicle will also play a role in the type of car you are looking for and how much you should spend. For example, would you benefit from additional air conditioning and heating? You can request add-ons like this if you are sensitive to temperature. You also need to think about where you are going to be travelling to and from on a daily basis. This is vital because it will help you to determine whether side or back entrance to the vehicle will be more beneficial based on where you are going to be parking. Also, if you regularly drive with just driver, would you mind sitting behind them? This is where most wheelchair passengers sit, but there are other options available if needed.
Conversion features – Last but not least, if you shop with a dealer that specialises in these vehicles, they will be able to advise you on the various conversion features that are available to you, such as an aluminum wheelchair ramp. This includes the likes of lowered floors, which are a common feature with these vehicles because they can mean the ramp is less angled so that access is easier. At the same time, you need to think about whether this is convenient for your journeys. If you live in an area with a lot of speed bumps, it may not be. You can also get added safety features, such as restraint belts.
If you consider all of the factors that have been mentioned above, you should have no trouble finding the best Motability vehicle for you. From conversion features to the size of the vehicle, there is a lot to take into account, but considering these elements carefully will ensure you end up with the right WAV for your needs.