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Adaptations available on Motability

Over 400 adaptations are available on The Motability Scheme, allowing your car to perfectly fit your requirements. Most of these are free, although less common ones will incur a small additional charge.

The adaptations fall into three neat categories – driving, stowage and access. Driving adaptations may help you to control the vehicle where it otherwise would not be possible, stowage adaptations allow you to load and carry your scooter or wheelchair safely, and access adaptations help you get in and out of the car. If you use a wheelchair, a WAV is not the only option – many cars can be fitted with devices that will take all the hassle out of access. Please note that some adaptations require an automatic gearbox, so check with one of our Motability specialists to get the right car for you.

Here are some of the popular options fitted:

Adaptations to help you drive
Adaptations to help you store your wheelchair or scooter
Adaptations to help you get in and out of your car
  • Hand controls – usually a lever mounted on or near the steering wheel to control the accelerator or brakes.
  • Electronic accelerators – there are a number of different types, but all let you use to finger to control the acceleration and braking.
  • Left foot accelerators – useful if you have limited mobility in your right leg. An accelerator pedal is mounted to the left of the brake pedal, while the standard accelerator pedal is folded away. The original pedal can still be used if a nominated driver doesn’t need the left foot accelerator.
  • Pedal modifications – such as having the pedals extended for easier reach.
  • Steering wheel ball – this can give you more control when steering the car, and is often essential if hand controls are fitted.
  • Remote control devices – controls such as the indicators, windscreen wipers and headlights can be placed within easy reach on the steering wheel.
  • Car boot hoist – a robotic arm picks up your wheelchair or scooter and stores it in the boot. Two different types are available depending on your needs. Adding a boot hoist is a great alternative to a wheelchair-accessible vehicle (WAV).
  • Rooftop stowage – handy if you still need to use your car’s boot. An electric hoist lifts the folded wheelchair from the ground and into the specially designed roof box. Please note you may not be able to park in height-restricted car parks with this adaptation.
  • Transfer plates – a foldable surface that attaches onto the side of your car seat, making the transition between wheelchair and car easier.
  • Electric person hoist – to physically lift you into the car. Much of the hoist can be removed and stored in the boot.
  • Swivel seats – a seat that can turn out of the car for easier access. Some can move outwards and change the angle or height of the seat. Please note that you may need help to store your wheelchair if you are unable to do so by yourself.