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Payment and cost for cars

You can exchange all or part of your higher rate mobility allowance to lease a car of your choice. We offer a selection of over 2,000 cars from the most popular manufacturers. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a car to suit your budget.

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Pricing options

Above all, we want to make leasing a brand new car affordable. There are three pricing options to choose from:

  • Over 150 cars cost less than your allowance. With these cars you keep some of your weekly allowance, including any annual increases, and this is paid directly to you by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)Opens in new window . You can search for these cars by choosing the ‘Show cars costing less than your mobility allowance’ option on the Car Search tool
  • You can increase your choice by a further 300 cars, by choosing to exchange all of your weekly mobility allowance. You can search for these cars by choosing the ‘Show cars using all of your mobility allowance’ option on the Car Search tool
  • To have an even wider choice of a further 1,500 cars, you can choose to add to your weekly allowance by paying a one-off upfront Advance Payment. You can search for these cars by choosing the ‘Show cars using all of your mobility allowance’ option and selecting an Advance Payment range which you’re comfortable with on the Car Search tool .

Transferring your allowance to Motability Operations is simple to arrange and can be done through your dealer. Your allowance is paid directly to us by the Department for Work and PensionsOpens in new window or Veterans UKOpens in new window , and you cannot alter the amount of the weekly payments.

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Advance Payments

  • What it is This is an amount payable upfront to your Motability dealer in addition to your weekly mobility allowance
  • Why it’s needed Your mobility allowance may not cover the cost for some larger or more expensive cars. These cars are allocated with an Advance Payment which represents the difference between the amount your allowance covers over the three-year agreement period and the overall cost of the car you choose
  • How it works The Advance Payment is not a deposit and is therefore non-refundable. If an Advance Payment is required, the amount is fixed at the price available when you order your car
  • How it’s calculated Each Advance Payment is calculated by considering factors such as the cost of the car, its servicing and maintenance and its expected resale value at the end of contract. Our expert team negotiates with manufacturers every three months to get the best price for Motability customers
  • When you pay it The amount is payable in one lump sum to your Motability dealer either before or on the day you collect your new car. Some dealers do ask for a holding deposit when you place your order, but any deposit paid will be deducted from the Advance Payment you pay when collecting your car. If you want to pay by cheque, this must be given to your dealer at least seven days before you collect your car, to allow funds to clear.

Download our Car Price Guide from the Useful Downloads page to see a range prices

Advance Payments for WAVs

All new WAVs come with an Advance Payment to cover the cost of the five-year lease. The Advance Payment varies across the range of WAVs from a few hundred to several thousand pounds. If you’re looking for a more affordable way to lease a WAV then a Nearly New WAV might be for you. Nearly New WAVs have a lower Advance Payment than the equivalent new WAV and are sometimes available at no Advance Payment. Speak to the relevant WAV converter for more information.

Motability’s price guarantee

Our price lists are updated every three months, so you can be assured you’re getting the best prices from each manufacturer. The dates the new prices are published are:

  • 1 January
  • 1 April
  • 1 July
  • 1 October

This means the Advance Payment on a car can change throughout the year. We operate a price guarantee, which means the Advance Payment of the car on the date your order is accepted won’t change, even if it changes while you are waiting for the delivery of your car.

Financial help

If you lose the allowance during your lease, we will make arrangements for the return of the car. However, you will only pay the cost of the lease until the car is returned, not for the remaining length of the lease. Your Advance Payment will be refunded to you on a pro rata basis.

Expired or stopped allowances

Optional extras

Choosing a car with optional extras such as electric windows or air conditioning will increase the amount you need to pay to your dealer upfront.

  • If you are a WAV customer , your WAV converter will be able to give you a price for extras such as parking sensors or separate air conditioning controls for the back of the vehicle. But please note that payment for these will be dealt with separately from the Motability Advance Payment.
  • Any adaptations ordered will be outlined in the customer acceptance letter we send with your PIN. The cost of any adaptations, less any grant awarded, is payable directly to your dealer together with the Advance Payment before you take delivery of your car.

The cost of running your car

Many things are already included in your Motability lease, such as insurance, servicing and breakdown. Our all-inclusive package may may make motoring more affordable but it is still worth thinking about running costs, particularly fuel, when choosing your Motability car. To keep the running costs down you may want to consider a more fuel efficient engine. Most manufacturers publish a figure for how many miles per gallon of fuel (mpg) a car will normally do, and this will help you decide how economical it may be. You can find the average annual fuel costs and miles per gallon (mpg) for each model in our Car Search tool . The mpg given is a guide to help you compare cars. The actual mpg each car achieves will differ depending on your individual driving style and travel habits.

Trade-in your old car

If you are new to the Motability Scheme, you can trade-in your privately owned car to help finance the Advance Payment of your new car. Around a quarter of Motability dealers offer this and the dealer will arrange the trade-in with you directly.

Visit the Car Search tool

Once you have considered which cars are suitable by comparing a few options on our Car Search tool and worked out your budget, the next step is find your nearest dealer and take a test drive .