Down-payment for a WAV car

The time has come for me to renew my Motability car and, as my legs are really struggling to get from the passenger seat to the back of the car, it’s been suggested a WAV (wheelchair accessible vehicle) may be the way to go.

My problem is I life off benefits and fresh air at the moment and have no idea how to come up with the down-payment needed for a WAV. Does anybody have any suggestions as to what I can do to scrape together the money for a WAV? Even the second hand WAVs need a big sum put down on them and, as my current car is due back in February, burying my head in the sand is not a good plan long term!

Any suggestions would be hugely appreciated!

Thank you

Hello Tangle

I don’t know how easy it is to get, but it’s possible to apply for a grant to pay the advance payment. Have a look at this is the Motability Charity website as opposed to the main Motability site.

Grants are means tested, but it sounds like the grants are exactly what you need.


Hi, I am just about to pick up my new mobility car and was struggling to find the advanced payment [I needed an automatic], having previously been told that mobility didn"t help with advanced payments, I thought I would give them another go. Well it was good news, yes mobility DO help. Give them a call and they will send you the forms out. It took them about 4/5 weeks to give me a decsion and yes I was lucky. They will need to know what sort of car you are looking at and a rough idea how much the advanced payment is. Nothing ventured nothing gained a the saying goes. Good luck!!

Below makes you think; why you cannot get a deposit.

The boss of Motability will be resigning, eventually, after it was revealed that he is due a £2.2 million bonus on top of his £1.7 million annual salary.

Mike Betts failed to disclose this bonus to the work and pensions committee earlier this year.

A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) also found that Motability has made over a billion pounds in ‘unplanned profits’ in the last ten years by underestimating the resale value of used cars.

As a result disabled claimants have been overcharged by £390 million because the cost of their leases was higher than it should have been.

The NAO has said that Motability should hand over a chunk of its huge £2.62 billion reserves to its charitable arm.

Frank Field, chair of the work and pensions committee commented:

“We knew already that executive pay at Motability Operations was out of control. But the NAO has now uncovered the full extent of it, and revealed that the Chief Executive is in line for a £2.2 million bonus payout, on top of the obscene amount of money he has already been given. This is a man whose income is already more than most people can expect to see in a lifetime. It is beyond appalling to learn that money that could have been used to improve the lives of disabled people will be lining his pockets instead.”