The Motability Scheme – Getting You Mobile
For those of us who are connected to the world of mobility equipment, we will have likely come across the Motability Scheme at some point.
But, for those of you who are not in the know or are new to the world of mobility may not know what ‘Motability’ means. Well hopefully this article will be of some help.
Who Are ‘Motability’?
Motability are a UK registered charity established in 1977 by Jefferey Sterling, with the aim of making high quality mobility equipment available to the masses.
Before the scheme, privately owned mobility equipment would come at a premium price. This froze out a lot of those in need of a wheelchair, walker or mobility scooter who were unable to pay the high upfront cost.
As such the Motability Scheme was created, to offer those people the chance to own premium equipment, without the upfront cost.
How Does It Work?
The scheme works as a lease system. Applicants who are accepted have a choice of over 300 products which they can lease out via the scheme, which are listed on their website.
A standard lease plan is 3 years, with leases starting at £12.50 per week which is deducted once every 4 weeks.
This is organised via the department of work and pensions meaning less stress and worry.
Sounds Interesting, What Else Does the Scheme Do?
The Mobility Scheme was created to provide accessible mobility to those who otherwise would not be able to afford it. Part of this is to ensure that the entire process of purchasing and owning your equipment is as inexpensive and worry free as possible.
As such the scheme provides an all-inclusive lease package which includes the following benefits.
• Full Servicing and Maintenance – This is included as standard on all the Motability lease plans.
• Breakdown Recovery – If you run into trouble with your scooter, the Mobility Assist team will help get you and your scooter back home safe.
• Tyre Replacement – Any punctures or damage to tires can be repaired or replaced.
• Battery Replacement – All powered scooters or wheelchairs come with batteries as standard. But should anything go wrong Motability will replace them at no extra cost.
• Complete Cover – All people on the Motability Scheme are covered in the event of accident, damage or theft of your scooter.
• Extras – All leases come with a waterproof storage cover as standard, or another extra with a value of £35.
Fantastic, Where Can I Get A Motability Scooter or Power Chair?
Motability works together with a wide range of dealers, who supply approved products. These dealers will offer professional advice helping you to find the right scooter for your needs.
Dealers such as Monarch can pay you a home visit to assess your needs and which scooter is best suited to you. Or you can pay a visit to your nearest approved supplier.
All certified dealers and their locations can be found on the Motability website.
Once you have settled on your choice of scooter, the dealer will then place the order on your behalf and deliver your product.