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How do adaptations help and how do I get them

Depending on the type of adaptations you choose, they help you to drive, where previously you’ve been unable; remove the strain of accessing a car and stowing your wheelchair. The easiest and most cost effective way to arrange for adaptations on your Scheme car is when you are ordering it. This way your car is delivered with the adaptations fitted and the best bit is that when arranged at the start of your lease, some of our most popular adaptations come at no extra cost!

Should I consider adaptations?

We use the term adaptations for a range of different products that have been designed to help improve either your driving or travelling experience. But how do you know what you need? The best place to start is to think about your current car experiences and what you find difficult. With over 600,000 customers there are not many problems we haven’t encountered and we’re sure that there are adaptations to help make travelling either more comfortable or easier.

However, there are some issues which can be solved simply by choosing the right car. Features such as automatic gearbox, push-button ignition, parking sensors and boots with flat entry might make a huge difference. All Motability Scheme dealers will be able to recommend different models of cars that may suit your needs. However, if you suspect that you need more help with driving, accessing your car or stowing your wheelchair then adaptations could be the answer.

If when driving your car…

For example Consider
You have limited mobility or control in your legs Mechanical hand controls, electronic accelorators, steering aids and pedal guards
You have limited mobility in your right hand Mechanical hand controls or left foot accelerators
You have limited strength in you upper body Steering aids, remote control devices, easy release handbrakes and electronic accelerators

Watch our videos of driving adaptations in action


If you, or your carer, have difficulty stowing your wheelchair or scooter...

For example Consider
Your wheelchair or scooter is too heavy to lift and stow Car boot or rooftop hoists

Watch our videos of stowage adaptations in action


Or, if you have trouble accessing your car...

For example Consider
You find it difficult to transfer from your wheelchair to your car Swivel seats, person hoists or tip-up plates

Watch our videos of access adaptations in action

Remember, adaptations are not suitable for every type of car, so it's important to consider which adaptation you need before you choose your car.

To find out more about each type of adaptation, how it works and how it might help you, visit our Adaptations available page or to see how adaptations actually work, view our Adaptations videos .

How do I get adaptations on the Motability Scheme?

The easiest and most cost effective way to arrange for adaptations on your Scheme car is when you are ordering it. And, by ordering your car and adaptations at the same time, your adaptation installer can ensure that the combination of the car and adaptations, along with your wheelchair if you use one, all work together. It also means that your brand new car is delivered with the adaptations you need fitted so that you can drive away and start enjoying it.

Over 150 of our most popular adaptations can be fitted to your car at no extra cost. Others will require payment in addition to your Advance Payment directly to your car dealer at the start of your lease.

If the adaptation you need is not available through the Motability Scheme, then you will need to arrange the installation and payment directly with a Motability Scheme adaptations installer . You will also need to contact RSA Motability (RSAM) to make sure your insurance covers the adaptation.

If you need to add adaptations mid-lease

If you need to add any extra adaptations during your lease, you will need to inform RSAM and our Customer Services team first to ensure you are covered. You can then contact any Motability Scheme adaptations installer to discuss your needs. You will need to pay the cost of any such adaptations direct to the adaptation installer.