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Buying a car

If you’re buying a car you should consider a model with power-assisted steering and automatic gears. These require less effort to use. You could also try the extra features suggested below:

  • a padded steering wheel cover, which makes gripping more comfortable
  • a supportive headrest, which is essential for your neck
  • a moulded backrest
  • a panoramic rear-view mirror and blindspot mirrors added to the wing mirrors, which may help to give a better view if you have limited neck movement.

What about finance?

If you’ve been receiving the higher rate mobility component of the DLA or the War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement for at least three years you can use this to hire or buy a car under the Motability scheme. If you receive either of these benefits you may also be entitled to claim exemption from Vehicle Excise Duty (road tax). You’ll need to obtain an exemption certificate from the Disability Living Allowance Unit or War Pensions Agency and then apply to your local DVLA office.


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