Understanding Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

April 3, 2019

Whether you’re new to the world of wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs), renewing an existing Motability contract or buying out right, we’ve put together answers to some frequently asked questions.  As the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of wheelchair accessible cars, you can rest assured we know our stuff.

Q. What is a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV)?

A.  It’s a vehicle that’s been converted by mobility experts to allow a disabled passenger to travel in their wheelchair. The vehicle floor is lowered and a foldable ramp or an electrically-powered lift is fitted to the vehicle. This allows the wheelchair user to enter via the rear or side of the car.

Q. Where can I buy wheelchair accessible vehicles?

A. There’s a brilliant selection of mobility cars for sale across the UK from a variety of specialist dealers. Allied Mobility is the UK’s leading wheelchair accessible vehicles specialist and will provide a free home demonstration to ensure the vehicle is right for your needs. We also have rental wheelchair accessible vehicles for short and long term hire.

Q. What is the Motability Scheme?

A. The Motability Scheme leases cars, wheelchair accessible vehicles and mobility scooters to over 600,00 people with disabilities. Standard cars are provided on a three year lease, wheelchair accessible vehicles are five years. Servicing, tyres and even insurance is included.

Q. Who is eligible to join the Scheme?

A. To join the Motability Scheme you need to be a current recipient of one of the following: Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA), the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP), the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement (WPMS) or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP).

You can check if you’re eligible using the Motability Checker Tool – https://www.motability.co.uk/about-the-scheme/who-can-join/

Q. What is an Advance Payment?

A. If you choose to lease your car from Motability, you’ll need to make a one off, up-front payment to your vehicle supplier before delivery of your WAV. Thereafter, your monthly mobility allowance is paid directly to Motability by the Department for Work and Pension or Veterans UK.

Q. What if I can’t afford the Advance Payment?

A. Last year alone, Motability provided charitable grants to 8,500 Scheme customers to help make a wheelchair accessible vehicle an affordable option for them. Before applying for a grant, however, you could consider Motability’s Nearly New Scheme where you can find a selection of quality used Motability cars at a cheaper price than a new vehicle.

Q. What if I don’t qualify for the Motability Scheme?

A. You can purchase a brand new wheelchair vehicle outright or, alternatively, Allied Mobility offers a brilliant selection of RAC Approved used wheelchair accessible vehicles to suit a variety of budgets. Remember, you may also qualify for VAT exemption on your purchase.

Q. What are the best wheelchair accessible vehicles?

A. The best wheelchair accessible vehicle is the one that suits you and your family’s needs. Don’t be afraid to try out a variety of vehicles until you find the right one. Allied Mobility attends events throughout the year, all across the UK, where we showcase our range of wheelchair adapted cars.  It also gives you the opportunity to speak to our specialist mobility consultants, who can offer their expert advice on finding the right car for you.

Remember, we’re here to help!  You can contact our mobility advisors, seven days a week, for more information on the number at the top of the page.  You can also check out our selection of wheelchair accessible vehicles here.

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