A full guide to Motability 23 June 2011 by Parkers Team Last Updated: 30 Apr 2014 All you need to know about the Mobility scheme What is it, who qualifies and what do you get Disabled drivers could claim a free car on existing benefits What is it? Motability is a charity which helps disabled people to lease a car, powered wheelchair or scooter using their government-funded allowances. It's effectively a ‘one-stop shop', covering the vehicle, insurance, servicing, breakdown cover and any modifications required to help with driving. Many car dealerships will be able to help you with Motability - there are over 4,000 cars currently involved in the scheme, and over 4,500 Motability dealerships willing and able to help you choose. Over half of the scheme's participants just transfer their monthly government allowance straight over and don't pay anything else on top, but for some higher-spec or more expensive models additional money may be required in the form of one payment at the start of the contract hire lease period. There are 300 vehicles available with no payment at all, so unless you need something much bigger or more specialist then you should be able to find something to suit your needs without paying too high a lump sum. The scheme may also be able to help with financial assistance so you're able to afford the mobility solution you need. For example, you may need cash to fund vehicle adaptions, driving lessons or a larger wheelchair accessible vehicle. Once an application is accepted, the customer will enter into a contract hire agreement in which they make one monthly payment to Motability to cover all costs - this payment is covered by your allowances. There may also be an initial payment required, depending on the price and spec of the car you're interested in. It is also possible to use a hire purchase agreement to buy a car, but be aware that doing so means you don't get servicing, maintenance or breakdown cover. How do you apply? There are three steps to applying for Motability: Choose the car you want Find a dealer using the Motability 'find a dealer' tool Order your car through Motability Who qualifies? The scheme is available to anyone who has 12 months or more remaining on either their Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (currently £51.40 per week) or their War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement (currently 57.40 per week). Although around two thirds of people applying drive themselves, non-drivers can apply for a car. Parents and carers can also apply on behalf of a child. If you apply there will be no medical assessments and no waiting lists. You just need to decide whether to apply for the Car Scheme or the Powered Wheelchair and Scooter scheme. The car scheme If you decide you'd like to apply for the car scheme you get: A brand new car every three years (or wheelchair accessible vehicle - WAV - every five years) Insurance Servicing and maintenance Full breakdown cover A mileage allowance of 60,000 miles (or 100,000 for WAVs) A selection of vehicle modifications at no extra cost to enable the driver to make full use of the car You choose from a huge range of cars from major manufacturers, with many cars available for little more than your allowance amount. The wheelchair and powered scooter scheme This scheme works in a similar way to the car scheme, and promises: A brand new powered wheelchair or scooter of your choice every three years, from a range of over 200 vehicles Standard pricing over the whole country Insurance Servicing and maintenance Loss and damage protection Parkers top tip: Once you've found you qualify for Motability you can check our full reviews of the cars you're looking at to see what they're like. Tweet Related articles on Parkers Company car tax changes in 2014/15 Budget 2014 BIK changes Saloon cars that cost less than £75 in BIK Calculating company car tax in 2013/14 What's so special about 130g/km?