The Motability Car Scheme makes it easy for disabled motorists to obtain cars
The Motability Car Scheme makes it easy for disabled motorists to obtain cars – and there are now new offers for autumn 2011. The scheme offers two options, the hire purchase agreement or the far more popular three-year contract hire. Let us focus on the latter. Eligible participants receive either the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance, or the war pensioners' mobility supplement. The car is paid for using all or part of the benefit, but some also require an advance payment. This value varies considerably.Noteworthy contract hire bargains - for those claiming the higher rate mobility component - include the likeable Citroen C5 Estate. This, depending on specification, is available for the total weekly value of the benefit – plus advance payments ranging from £2,745 to £5,645. This capable family workhorse is an excellent choice as it is remarkably easy to drive, extremely spacious, and has a fantastic equipment specification. It is also rather attractive. Those who fancy slipping into a compact executive saloon may prefer the super-stylish Mercedes-Benz C-Class. This fashion statement is available, in C180 SE 4dr trim, for the total weekly benefit plus a £3,499 advance payment. It is also listed in high-specification C220 CDI Sport Estate guise for the higher up-front payment of £6,559. This is a fair chunk of cash - but the C-Class is fun to drive, robustly constructed, and nicely equipped. Those in receipt of the war pensioners' supplement may fall for the quirky Citroen C1. This city car is listed in the Motability database from £46.20 per-week, with no advance payment whatsoever. This compact run-around offers motorists a fair amount of cabin space for the class, a sensible boot, excellent visibility, and low running costs. Great stuff.