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how do i apply for a disabilty car when receiving the full allowance

happyfella
happyfella Member Posts: 331 Pioneering
edited March 2021 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi, i receive full disability and would like to apply for a mobility car but i do not know the process or how long it takes. can anyone please advise me
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,322 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi 
    Marge best way is to look what type of car you want . 
    There is list of available cars on internet 

    Then contact local dealer ask for their motability specialist and they will sort it 

    There is lots info on the motability website as well 

    It can take a while depends on stock of car you want and if it needs any adaptions 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 6,284 Disability Gamechanger
    Some information here https://www.motability.co.uk/
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 331 Pioneering
    i was told by a friend to sign up to the motobility.co.uk and create an account and i did that but it thinks i have an application with them
  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,715 Disability Gamechanger
    The best way is to decide which car you would like then find a motability dealer and discuss it with them.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 331 Pioneering
    I have just been reading some information on a facebook group and people are saying from contacting the dealer it took them two months to get the car, others have said one month and others have said three months. Seems very strnage to wait so long
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,322 Disability Gamechanger
    If isnt strange to wait that long the car has to be ordered then made and probably shipped over 

    Some may have immediate stock but not many 
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,783 Disability Gamechanger
    I've recently ordered a new car myself and been amazed at how long it takes to get a factory order.  The transport alone takes about a month just from a German factory to a UK dealership.

    The car itself only takes 2 days to be built, painted and assembled with todays production line speeds (under non-Covid times anyway).  But there is currently a huge shortage of microchips in the automotive industry which is putting delays on factory orders from many manufacturers.

    If you're not too fussy about engine, spec or colour and just want a particular model then you'll most probably find some in stock at the dealer ready for immediate collection if that's your preference.  Sadly, they hadn't built any in the spec I need due to my conditions so have had to wait for a factory order.  It should initially have been around 2 months but has since been delayed by another month.  I'd strongly recommend choosing a prebuilt car under the current circumstances to avoid a long and unpredictable wait.


  • littleacorn
    littleacorn Member Posts: 269 Pioneering
    I agree with @OverlyAnxious I ordered my car at the begining of December a factory built car which was due to be delivered at end of Feb but have also been informed there is a shortage ofmicrochips and it will now be April hopefully.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 331 Pioneering
    I already have a car but my wife says it makes sense to get one through the scheme. I only bought my car 14 months ago for £5,000 but now i will only get about £2,300 for it for a quick sale, or if i sold it private then it would be £3,400. Not sure if garages buy cars or not. Anyway, i have spoken to one of the showrooms that runs the scheme, and they have asked me if i want to pay for the following

    Supagard paint and upholstery protection with 3 year warranty normall we sell for £199, but to motability customer just  £99.


    I would like to know if this is worth paying for. The last thing i want to do is to return the vehicle and then find out that i have to pay money for any damage to the interior or to paintwork.




  • woodbine
    woodbine Member, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,715 Disability Gamechanger
    It might be worth paying the £99, after 3 years when you return the car if it's in good condition (they do allow for wear and tear) you £250 back.
    Be extra nice to new members.
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,783 Disability Gamechanger
    It's up to you really.  If you have kids or pets that make a mess inside then it might be worth it.  (Liquid spills rather than dry dirt)

    Equally, if you're unable to wash the car yourself, or have it washed regularly, then maybe it's worth it on the exterior.

    It's only like a long term wax though, it won't stop any damage to the paint like chips and scratches.

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