When choosing between different new mobility cars, it’s easy to be seduced by a sleek advertising campaign, distracted by a slinky design or waylaid by the mysteries of a dashboard laden with luminous new buttons to tweak, flick and tap. When buying a new wheelchair accessible vehicle or committing to lease a car through the Motability Car scheme, your decision will have long-standing impact on your budget and lifestyle, so an informed choice reached with these two factors in mind will be rewarding.
The Motability scheme takes care of many motoring duties such as tax, breakdown assistance and tyre and windscreen repair. However, as with buying any new car, there is still a fairly extensive list of choices to be made. At present, the scheme offers over 4000 different cars, including several hundred mobility cars. Before looking at individual brands, it can be useful to think about your personal needs. If your budget is fairly restrictive, over 300 Motability vehicles offer a choice of nil advance payment. To save money in the long term, it’s also important to consider models which will be inexpensive to insure, and the possibility of a diesel over a petrol engine, which can reward you in future months with savings on fuel costs. Financial constraints must be balanced with lifestyle requirements. Your mobility car should enable you to park easily, and with maximum visibility, accommodate equipment, pets and people, get in and out quickly and safely, and, if necessary, fit a wheelchair.
Once you have a rough idea of what to expect from your mobility car, it can be worth having a conversation with someone in an approved Motability dealership. Not only will they be able to help with answering any queries, but many dealerships offer the option of a home visit. This will give you the opportunity to get hands on with the vehicle, and experience a demonstration of its features. Getting up close also exposes any flaws or issues which need to be addressed; after all, a vehicle needs to feel right to both its driver and passenger. It will give you the opportunity to discuss the necessary adaptations needed to make your car as comfortable and practical as required.
For a great chance to try out many wheelchair accessible vehicles in one place, and discover new industry innovations and advancements, there are organised events and exhibitions. In May, such an event held in the Glasgow Exhibition and Conference centre showcased over 90 models offered on the Motability Scheme, all in one place. There really is no better way to experience the assortment of styles, shapes, and sizes on offer. Short of this, there are dealerships all over the UK, and planning a day trip will benefit any potential buyers who need help with their decision.
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