Volkswagen Motability

Motability means mobility for everyone. Driving a car is a fundamental aspect of our modern lives, enabling us to live and work at our will; something we believe everybody should have the opportunity to do. With the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement you are eligible for the Motability scheme, helping you adapt and lease a car that’s perfect for you. Here at Arthur Prince, we’re extremely proud to deliver comprehensive solutions for Volkswagen Motability to Loughborough and the surrounding area.

Why Choose Arthur Prince for Volkswagen Motability in Loughborough

With a team of dedicated Motability specialists on hand to help, we’re proud to offer a truly complete service. From the wide array of versatile Volkswagen vehicles on the scheme, to the various adaptations available on each, to our brilliant every day prices and Motability offers, no matter your needs or requirements, we can help find the right car for you. Browse below to see our current offers, to find out more about the scheme, or to see the payment solutions available to you. Alternatively, call our friendly, knowledgeable Loughborough Volkswagen Motability team on 01509 861524 and we’ll be happy to help!

Offers

Eligibility

Eligibility for the Motability Scheme

If you receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or A War Pensioners Mobility Supplement (WPMS), you're eligible for a Volkswagen under the Volkswagen Motability scheme. 

There is no upper age limit. As long as you receive one of the allowances, you are eligible for the Scheme. Parents or guardians can order a car on behalf of a child aged three years and above, who is receiving HRMC DLA.

To lease a car through Motability, you must have at least 12 months' award length remaining. Only the Higher Rate Mobility Component is used. Other parts of the DLA are not affected. Unfortunately the Attendance Allowance cannot be used to lease a car through Motability.

Would you like to add a driver?

If you receive the allowance but are unable to drive, you can nominate up to two drivers, and a third at an additional cost. These may be friends or relatives; parents or careers can apply on behalf of a child aged three years or older.

Nominated drivers should normally live within five miles of the disabled customer's address. You’ll also need to confirm that all proposed drivers agree to the terms and conditions for using a Motability car. Only one nominated driver under 21 is permitted. This can be you or another driver who lives at your address. Drivers under the age of 25 can only drive cars in the lower ABI insurance groups of one to 16 and with a brake horsepower rating of 115BHP or less.

Please bear in mind that proposed drivers with certain convictions, disqualifications or endorsements within the last five years will not be allowed.

Benefits

You get a brand new car every three years. We will contact you a few months before your lease expires, and if you decide to continue with Volkswagen Motability, you can choose a car for your next three year contract (provided you are still eligible).

The following items are included with the Motability scheme:

Insurance.

The worry-free package provides similar cover to what you would expect under a fully comprehensive insurance policy. You can still lease a car even if you don't drive; you simply nominate two drivers who can drive on your behalf. And if you decide to leave Motability at a later stage, you can request a letter confirming your claims history to take to your new insurer.


Servicing and maintenance.

All of your regular service and maintenance is included and taken care of by us. So you'll have no unexpected repair bills with your Motability car.


Full breakdown assistance from RAC .

The RAC Motability Assist helpline and roadside staff are specially trained to handle your calls and are available on 0800 73 111 73, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Assistance is provided for recovery, either at the roadside or at home.


Annual car tax.

We organize the tax disc and have it sent directly to your home


Replacement tyres.

For no extra cost we will replace tyres worn or damaged by normal use. We also provide a mobile service so your tyres can be replaced for no extra cost at your home or work.


Window and windscreen repair or replacement .

Should anything happen to your windows or windscreen you can get them repaired or replaced at no extra cost.


60,000 mileage allowance over three years .

You get 60,000 mileage allowance over three years with cars. However, if the total mileage is higher than the allowance when you return the car, there is a charge of 5p for every additional mile.

What's not included?

Although almost everything is included, please note you will be responsible for paying the following:

  • Fuel and consumables; such as screen wash
  • Optional extras not fitted as standard; such as leather seats
  • Adaptations; some need an additional payment
  • Insurance claims; there is a £75 minimum excess on any claim for loss or damage. This excess varies depending on the age and experience of the driver (full details can be obtained on application).
  • Fines; any parking or speeding fines are your responsibility
  • Theft of, or damage to, personal belongings; these include wheelchairs, coats or mobile phones (full details can be obtained on application)

Adaptations

Adaptations and Adjustments

Adaptations generally fall into three categories:

  • Driving adaptations to help improve your driving experience
  • Stowage adaptations - these allow you to stow your scooter or wheelchair
  • Access adaptations which help you get in and out of the car

Choosing your adaptation before you choose your car

It is strongly recommended that you work out what type of adaptation you may need before you make your final choice of car, as not all adaptations are suitable for every type of car. Speak to our Motability specialists about which cars are most likely to work for you with your chosen adaptations.

Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment and the implications for current Motability Scheme customers

As part of its welfare reform programme, the Government has started to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for disabled people aged between 16 and 64 with a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This process began in April 2013 in Great Britain and will be completed by 2018. Subject to approval by the Northern Ireland Assembly, the change will apply in Northern Ireland from a later date. Motability customers currently use their DLA to pay for their vehicle leases. Therefore it is important that you are aware of the Government’s changes to disability benefits and how the Motability Scheme will support you through the transition if you are no longer eligible to use the Scheme.

Here at Arthur Prince, we wanted to provide you with all of the important information about the Government’s changes to disability benefits which you should consider carefully before entering into a new Motability Scheme contract.

What is PIP?

In April 2013, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) introduced a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which will gradually replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible disabled people aged between 16 and 64. Like DLA, PIP has two components: a "daily living" component and a "mobility" component. Each component has two rates of payment: a "standard" rate and an "enhanced" rate. Like DLA, PIP is not means-tested or taxable, and can be paid whether the claimant is working or not. Who will be affected by PIP? PIP will replace DLA for disabled people aged between 16 and 64, even if they currently have an "indefinite" or "lifetime" DLA award.

  • DLA will remain for children until they reach the age of 16.
  • DLA will continue to be available for those aged 65 and over on 8 April 2013.

How will DWP assess eligibility for PIP?

DWP will award PIP based upon their assessment of an individual’s ability to carry out a range of everyday activities. The criteria for PIP are different from those for DLA today. Based on information and evidence provided by the claimant, together with a face-to-face consultation in most cases, DWP will decide on individuals’ entitlement to the various components of PIP, at which point DLA payments will end and any PIP payments awarded will begin.

When will PIP be introduced for affected DLA claimants?

At some point between October 2013 and 2018, the DWP will write to affected DLA recipients in Great Britain, informing them that their DLA is due to end and explaining how they can apply for PIP. DWP will continue to make DLA payments until a decision on the PIP claim has been made. If PIP is not claimed or is not awarded, then DLA payments will end. Subject to approval by the Northern Ireland Assembly, the change will apply in Northern Ireland from a later date.

Will the Motability Scheme continue?

Yes, the Motability Scheme will work with PIP in the same way as it does with DLA. Motability will continue to lease cars, powered wheelchairs and scooters to disabled people who receive either:

  • The Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA.
  • The Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP.
  • The War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement.
  • The Armed Forces Independence Payment.

How will PIP affect my ability to use the Motability Scheme?

Eligibility to use the Motability Scheme is based on receiving one of the benefits listed above. For existing Scheme customers, their eligibility to remain on the Motability Scheme will therefore depend on the outcome of their assessment for PIP.

So, what happens if I am awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP?

In these circumstances, customers should not experience any disruption to their Motability lease as they move from one benefit to the other.

And what happens if I am not awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP?

Existing recipients of the Higher Rate Mobility Component of DLA who are not awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP will not be eligible to use the Motability Scheme. Being forced to leave the Scheme will be a difficult transition for these customers and their families. The Motability Scheme has therefore decided to provide a one-off package of transitional support to those customers who can no longer use the Scheme as a result of their initial PIP reassessment. We will keep this package under constant review and may make changes to it as we gain experience of how it is working for customers.

Can I keep the Motability vehicle if I am not awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP but I am challenging that decision?

As today, customers will be able to challenge if they disagree with the DWP decision, initially by asking DWP to reconsider their decision and then by appealing to H.M. Courts and Tribunals Service. However, DWP will not continue to make DLA payments while a decision is being challenged and the Motability Scheme will therefore not be able to leave a vehicle with the customer. If their challenge is successful and the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP is subsequently awarded, the customer will of course be eligible to re-join the Scheme.

What do I need to do now?

Existing DLA claimants do not need to make a claim for PIP until they are individually contacted by DWP at some point between October 2013 and 2018. The most important thing you can do at this stage is to ensure that the DWP has your correct contact details. You don’t need to do anything else until the DWP writes to you, however once they have contacted you make sure you respond within their given timescales.

Where can I find out more about PIP?

More information about the DWP’s plans for DLA and PIP can be found on the Government’s website: www.gov.uk/pip or for Northern Ireland at www.nidirect.gov.uk/personal-independence-payment Disability Rights UK (an independent charity) also produces a series of factsheets covering DLA and PIP and these are available from: www.disabilityrightsuk.org/factsheets.htm

FAQ's

Q. Am I eligible for the Volkswagen Motability scheme?

A. If you receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component (HRMC) of the Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or A War Pensioners Mobility Supplement (WPMS), you're eligible for a Volkswagen under the Volkswagen Motability scheme.

Q. Can I add additional drivers?

A. If you receive the allowance but are unable to drive, you can nominate up to two drivers, and a third at an additional cost. These may be friends or relatives; parents or careers can apply on behalf of a child aged three years or older.

Nominated drivers should normally live within five miles of the disabled customer's address. You’ll also need to confirm that all proposed drivers agree to the terms and conditions for using a Motability car. Only one nominated driver under 21 is permitted. This can be you or another driver who lives at your address. Drivers under the age of 25 can only drive cars in the lower ABI insurance groups of one to 16 and with a brake horsepower rating of 115BHP or less.

Please bear in mind that proposed drivers with certain convictions, disqualifications or endorsements within the last five years will not be allowed.

Q. How do I purchase a car through the Volkswagen Motability scheme?

A. You can obtain a car through the Volkswagen Motability Scheme using two purchase options – Contract Hire or Hire Purchase. Please speak to one of our Motability Specialists.

Q. How do I find more information on Volkswagen Motability?

A. You can find out more information on the Volkswagen Motability Scheme by browsing this site or by contacting one of our Motability Specialists who are on hand to take you through the process from start to finish.

Q. What’s included in the Volkswagen Motability scheme?

A.

  • You get a brand new car every three years
  • 60,000 mileage allowance over three years
  • Insurance
  • Servicing and maintenance
  • Full breakdown assistance from RAC
  • Annual car tax
  • Replacement tyres
  • Window and windscreen repair or replacement

Q. What’s not included in the Volkswagen Motability scheme?

A. Although almost everything is included, please note you will be responsible for paying the following:

  • Fuel and consumables; such as screen wash
  • Optional extras not fitted as standard; such as leather seats
  • Adaptations; some need an additional payment
  • Insurance claims; there is a £75 minimum excess on any claim for loss or damage. This excess varies depending on the age and experience of the driver (full details can be obtained on application).
  • Fines; any parking or speeding fines are your responsibility
  • Theft of, or damage to, personal belongings; these include wheelchairs, coats or mobile phones (full details can be obtained on application)

Q. Who pays for adaptations to be fitted?

A. If the adaptations are arranged at the start of a new agreement through the Motability Managed Adaptations Programme, the cost of fitting is included in the price quoted. Many of our most popular adaptations are supplied and fitted at no extra cost when arranged at the same time as ordering your car.

If you need to fit adaptations to your car during your lease, or you want to arrange the adaptations yourself, you must use a Motability Adaptations Partner and pay the cost of the adaptations directly to them.

Our Motability Specialists

John Bassford

John Bassford

Tel: 01509 861524