Awaiting Personal Independence Payment (PIP) reassessment
customer I am already a Scheme customer
I currently receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance. What impact will a PIP reassessment have on my lease agreement?
If you are invited to apply for a PIP reassessment, and you are awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, you are eligible to continue leasing a Motability Scheme vehicle. You should experience no disruption to your lease and will be able to stay in your car.
If you are not awarded the Enhanced Rate of the Mobility Component of PIP, you will no longer be eligible for the Scheme. Unfortunately we can only supply vehicles to people who receive one of the relevant mobility allowances and cannot take payments directly from you. We will be in touch to help you return the car and support you through this transition. You may also be eligible for a pro-rata refund of any Advance Payment you made. As soon as the car is returned you won’t have to pay any further lease payments.
My current lease is coming to an end, do I need to wait until after I have my DLA to PIP reassessment to place an order for my next Motability Scheme vehicle?
You can order your next vehicle on the Scheme if you have at least 12 months remaining on your allowance and you are not currently being reassessed for PIP by the DWP.
If you are still receiving DLA but are expecting to be reassessed for PIP, you may want to wait before ordering your next car as the DWP are nearing the end of reassessments so it is likely you'll be contacted fairly soon. If your current lease is coming to an end, you can call our Customer Services team on 0300 456 4566 to discuss extending your lease until you have been reassessed.
noncustomer I am not a Scheme customer
I currently receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance, do I need to wait until I am reassessed for PIP before joining the Scheme?
If you have 12 months or more of your current allowance remaining then you can go ahead and apply to lease a car, scooter or powered wheelchair. If you are looking to join the Motability Scheme for the first time and thinking of trading in a car that you own to help with the cost of your Scheme vehicle, you may prefer to wait until the outcome of your PIP reassessment before taking the next step.
Please note, if you have received a letter from the DWP inviting you for a PIP reassessment, you will not be able to place an order for a vehicle until you have confirmation that you have been awarded PIP, even if you have 12 months or more of your current allowance remaining. If you are awarded PIP please get back in touch to see how the Motability Scheme can help you.
If you have less than 12 months of your current allowance remaining, then you will not be able to place an order for a vehicle.
If I join the Scheme now but later lose my allowance what will happen?
Don’t worry, if you choose to become a Scheme customer and you lose your mobility allowance, we’ll be here to support you. We will send you details of when and how you need to return the vehicle, as well as information on other mobility solutions. As long as you return the vehicle within the given timescales, there will be no further lease payments or early termination charges and you may receive a pro-rata refund if you paid an Advance Payment at the start of your car lease. We can also provide a price to buy the car if you wish to do so.