Motability Car Scheme at Donnelly Group Northern Ireland

We have a highly experienced team of Motability specialists across our 9 locations in Northern Ireland, with a dedicated Motability Showroom in Dungannon. Our specialists are on hand to guide you through purchasing through the Motability scheme, helping find a car that is right for you. Should you need any vehicle adaptations to be made to your new car, we can assist in carrying this out too.

There are many advantages of going through the Motability scheme, including comprehensive insurance coverage, maintenance, and selected additional mobility adaptations. What’s more, if you decide to continue with the programme, you will automatically receive a new vehicle every three years.

What is the Motability scheme?

Motability is a government-funded scheme that gives individuals with a disability or illness greater autonomy in their personal transport. Utilising the Motability Allowance benefit, customers can purchase a modified vehicle from a specialist dealership at a reduced cost. The Motability scheme has been designed to enable anyone in receipt of a qualifying Motability allowance to lease a car, scooter, powered wheelchair, or Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle.

Eligibility for the scheme is dependent on the type of Mobility Allowance the customer receives. If you are currently in receipt of one of the list of approved benefits, with at least 12 months left, you may qualify for the scheme.

With the Government replacing Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for disabled people between 16- 64, if you are awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, you will continue to be able to lease through the scheme.

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How do I know if I am eligible to get a car on the Motability scheme?

Motability eligibility is designed to ensure that the scheme offers the highest level of support to those who need it most. To qualify, you must be currently receiving one of the following:

  • Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (ERMC PIP): As part of its welfare programme, the Government is replacing the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for those with disabilities aged between 16 and State Pension age. The Motability scheme works with PIP in the same way it does with DLA.
  • Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance (HRMC DLA): This allowance is provided by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and can be used to cover the cost of a lease agreement with Motability Operations Ltd.
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS): This allowance is provided by Veterans UK and can be used to cover the cost of a lease agreement with Motability Operations Ltd.
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP): Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP) was introduced as part of the Welfare Reform Act 2012. Those who receive this allowance will be eligible to join the Motability Scheme.
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How does the Motability scheme work?

With the Motability Scheme, you simply exchange all or part of your Motability allowance to lease a vehicle. The Scheme offers a range of over 2,000 models, including over 500 cars available for no further cost, although customers who choose a larger model may need to pay an additional Advance Payment. A family member, carer, or friend who lives within five miles of the disabled customer can drive the car on the customer’s behalf if they do not drive.

You can choose the vehicle you want at a price that works best for you. Payments will be deducted from your allowance every four weeks and then paid directly by your benefit payment agency. Motability also takes care of all the following

  • Insurance for up to three named drivers
  • Servicing, maintenance, and repairs due to general wear and tear
  • Full RAC breakdown cover
  • Tyre repair and replacement
  • 60,000 mileage allowance over the three years
  • Windscreen repairs

Customers only need to budget for fuel, oil, and consumables, such as windscreen washer fluid and any additional extras not fitted as standard to their chosen car.

What cars are available on Motability at Donnelly Group?

At Donnelly Group, we have a wide range of cars to choose from, including models from all major manufacturers such as VolkswagenHonda,Vauxhall,FiatSEATRenault, and Toyota, including automatic & electric vehicles. 

We also have wheelchair-accessible vehicles and drive-from wheelchair options - if required, a selection of popular adaptations may be included at no extra cost. 

What are the benefits of the Motability scheme?

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the programme, the Motability scheme represents numerous advantages for those who qualify:

  • Firstly, many of the adaptations under the scheme are carried out free of charge. When it comes to maintenance, tyres, windows, and windscreens will all be replaced at no extra cost. This offers customers the peace of mind that the initial purchasing and subsequent maintenance costs of their vehicle will be manageable.
  • Whether you’re driving or nominating up to two other drivers on your behalf, the scheme also offers generous insurance coverage; the equivalent to a comprehensive policy. If you choose to leave the scheme, confirmation of your claims history is available on request.
  • Year-round 24-hour breakdown coverage is also provided by the RAC who runs a Motability Assist helpline.
  • Mileage over the three-year period is generous with up to 60,000 miles’ allowance (with a charge of five pence for every mile over the limit).
  • You automatically qualify to receive a brand-new car every 3 years. Donnelly Group will contact you a few months before the end of your current contract, detailing the choices for your next contract and whether you want to continue.
  • Motability staff will organise road tax on your behalf
  • Support offered by specialist teams who will be on hand to guide you through choosing and adapting a vehicle

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Find Out More About Motability at Donnelly Group

Donnelly Group is the leading provider of Motability offers across Northern Ireland. For full details on how the scheme can benefit you, give us a call, enquire online using the form, or visit us in person across any of our locations or at our dedicated Motability Showroom in Dungannon.

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