We know that some people ordering through the Motability
Scheme will need to make a few changes to their car to ensure it’s perfectly
suited to their needs. Adaptations are available whether you’re buying your new
Motability car from a Vantage Citroen, Kia, ŠKODA or Toyota
Many of these adaptations won’t cost you anything at all and will be built into the car in the factory. Some additional changes can be made after you take delivery – get in touch and we’ll let you know what can be done.
Broadly speaking, adaptations fall into one of three categories:
Modifications to the steering wheel and pedals that make it possible for you to drive if your disability would otherwise prevent this. For example, the accelerator pedal can be moved to your left foot, or the pedals extended to help you reach them.
Some people need a number of adaptions to help them drive, like steering aids and hand controls.
Clever storage is vital for those who need to take their scooter or wheelchair around with them. This could come in the form of a roof box, securely mounted on top of the car.
In vehicles with a large enough boot space, an electric hoist can be fitted to make it easy for you to load your scooter without help from others.
A similar hoist may be needed to help you access the vehicle.
Other options to boost accessibility include both electrically-powered and manual transfer plates for wheelchair users. The seats themselves could even be switched out for swivel seats, doing much of the turning for you.
Find out more about some of these adaptations with these helpful videos.
Each adaptation is designed around you and to help you get on the road.
These all allow you to control the speed of the car with
your hands with various attachments on or near the steering wheel, which can be
helpful if you have a loss of mobility or sensitivity in your legs. There are a
few different kinds that you can choose from, based on your preference or
Many cars already come with buttons built into the steering wheel to control things like the stereo, but we can also add extra functionality for the indicators, headlights and more. These can also integrate a steering ball so you can steer the car with a single hand – leaving your other hand free.
Hand controls allow you to accelerate and brake with your hands. These are perfect for those who find it difficult to use standard pedals for any reason. Most people who use hand controls drive an automatic car, leaving just the brake and accelerator pedals to control.
As one of your hands will always be controlling your speed, a remote control device or other steering aid is usually recommended so you can control the direction of the car with your free hand.
Wheelchairs and scooters are heavy, so getting one in or out of a car would be difficult even before taking any physical limitations into account. A boot hoist can make the process much easier for everyone.
These roof boxes sit above you while you drive and can be used to stow your wheelchair as you travel from place to place, leaving the boot free for its original intended purpose. There’s no awkward lifting required – watch the video to see what we mean.
Steering aids like steering wheel balls make it easy to control the steering wheel with a single hand, which can be helpful if you would struggle to grip a standard wheel for any reason. They’re removable, too, so can be detached when someone else is driving the car.
Transfer plates bridge the gap between your wheelchair and your car seat. They can be fitted to both the driver and passenger side and can be both manual and automatic.
To discuss adaptations and apply for the Motability Scheme, come to Vantage Motor Group. We provide the new car ranges from Citroën, Kia, Toyota and ŠKODA. This gives you a wide choice of models on Motability – arrange to test drive one today.