For those who are reaching the end of the lease on their current mobility car, it’s time to go through the Motability renewal process. In this blog post, we’re going to go through some of the most important things to keep in mind when browsing for new or used WAV vehicles under the Motability Scheme.
First of all, planning ahead of time is much better. This is because certain wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) can take anywhere from a week to over a month for delivery. This is dependent on the condition of the vehicle (whether it is new or nearly new/used) and the work required to customise the vehicle. It’s also good to know that there will be no hidden fees past any difference in the advanced payment. Leases going forward are ‘all-inclusive’; therefore road tax, mileage allowance, windscreen/tyre repairs and full breakdown cover are part of the lease. The only running cost you need to worry about? Fuel. Before ordering your new car, consider your needs. There are differences in the lease and advanced payments required when it comes to either leasing a new or a nearly new (used) car through the Motability Scheme. The condition of you or the wheelchair user may also have changed in the intervening period since your last lease. This might mean that it would be worthwhile looking for a mobility hire that is more adapted to these changes.
Don’t be afraid to have a look at different makes and models. Familiarity can be a good thing, but also consider your personal tastes too. There are many different makes, models and colours of new and used WAV vehicles out there – you are not just limited to one type of car. Look through different WAV suppliers to find the best mobility car for you or your loved one. You can also find WAV suppliers and car dealerships with special Motability Scheme training to offer help, advice, test drives and even demonstrations. After you’ve decided on the right car, it’s time to bring your documentation to the supplier and sort out the paperwork. From here, it’s time to deal with your soon-to-be old car and get an MOT performed as well as the optional removal of any adaptations that the car received whilst in your possession. You will receive a pin through the door which will be needed to sign off on your new car at the dealership. During this period between receiving the PIN and getting your new car from the dealer, it is a good idea to keep in touch with them to ensure there are no mishaps. If there are any delays, a good dealer can arrange for you to keep the older car in the meantime.
Once you’ve got your new vehicle, it’s time to hand back the old one to the mobility vehicles dealer who has supplied you with your new car. As you can see, the process is simple and a good supplier of new and used WAV vehicles will make the process even smoother.