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Hi, my name is Liamcar1985! Grant for Motability car

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Liamcar1985
Liamcar1985 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
edited March 2023 in Transport and travel
Hi all just wonderjng if anyone can point me in the right direction.

I have been disabled majority of my life got indefinate dla when i was a child then moved to pip where ive always got low rate my mobility has took a dramatic turn for the worst. I prdered a mobility car back in January 2022, I was working at the time so had the AP. I went into hospital July 2022 for another transplant and was in hospital around 2 months my work terminated my contract saying i was unfit to do my role, im still waiting for my car but dont have the AP funds anymore. I have looked for help/support and getting none motability said to cancel my order an apply for a AP grant ive waited 15 months currently for my car so dont wanna wait much longer as im currently house bound. Getting lonely dont have much support apart from partner an children. Sorry for long essay hope someone can help find a grant or something ive even applied for loans from banks etc my last option is going to be a loan shark which i dont wanna go down thag route

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,061 Disability Gamechanger
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    The only problem with a grant for the advance payment is that you need to apply for the grant before you order your vehicle, as you probably already know.

    I'm not aware of any other grants for this unfortunately. I wouldn't advise the loan shark option. Not all vehicles have long waiting lists, it depends on the make/model/spec.

    I think the safest option will be to cancel the order and apply for the grant from motability.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Liamcar1985
    Liamcar1985 Community member Posts: 15 Connected
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    Thanks the vechile ive ordered is the one we need it has nothing special apart from bootspace for my wheel chair and daughters medical supplys as shes disabled aswel. Thanks for your reply
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,061 Disability Gamechanger
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    I understand that but motability will not allow a grant for a vehicle you've already ordered. Do you have family that you could borrow some money from?
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there @liamcar1985 I'm sorry to hear about your situation, and thanks for reaching out. I've just moved your post over into our travel and transport category, so other members can more easily share their thoughts. 

    Unfortunately as mentioned, the grants Motability offer need to be in confirmed before you make an order: 

    "Please note that you cannot place an order for a vehicle until you have received your grant decision."

    You could try searching on Disability Grants for potential financial help, I had a quick look at the 'grants for cars' section, and they only list Motability, but that's not to say you couldn't apply to a grant for 'independent living' for example. 

    Keep us updated with how things go if you can :) 
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  • anawilliam850
    anawilliam850 Community member Posts: 29 Connected
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    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It sounds like you are in a difficult position with your mobility car order and your finances.

    There are a few options that you can explore to get some help:

    1. Access to Work: This is a government-funded scheme that provides support for people with disabilities who are employed or self-employed. They can provide grants for equipment or adaptations to help you do your job, including a mobility car. You can find more information on their website: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

    2. Disability Grants: There are a number of charities and organizations that provide grants to people with disabilities for various purposes. Some of these may include grants for mobility equipment or vehicles. You can use a website such as Turn2us to search for grants that you may be eligible for: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/

    3. Motability Scheme: While you mentioned that Motability was not able to offer you support, it may still be worth exploring whether there are any other options available through the scheme. You can contact them to discuss your situation and see if there are any solutions they can offer.

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