Meet Motability at a series of FREE family events across the UK this summer 

Popular One Big Day events to return in 2015 starting with The Big Event in Manchester

motabilityDisabled motorists and their families can find out more at Motability’s ‘The Big Event’ this May. Returning to Manchester’s EventCity on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May, this two day flagship event is the UK’s largest display of vehicles available to lease through the Motability Scheme and kicks off a programme of regional One Big Day events throughout the summer.

The events offer disabled people the chance to find out more about the range of cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs available. Visitors can test drive a wide selection of cars, talk to Motability Scheme advisors and gather a range of helpful information, while enjoying a great day out with their friends and families. All the One Big day events are free to attend, including free parking and are held entirely indoors. Children’s entertainment is included and visitors are also treated to a free cup of tea of coffee when they arrive.

Luke Snowden, One Big Day event manager at Motability Operations, said:

“We created the One Big Day events in 2007 and have seen them continue to grow every year, attracting over 21,000 visitors in 2014. It’s great to see so many customers benefitting from the events and enjoying being able to explore all of their motoring options under one roof, while having a fun day out too.”

Graham Footer, chief executive, at Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK), added:

“We have been part of the One Big Day events for eight years now and always look forward to meeting visitors interested in finding out more about driving with a disability. These events are a great way to easily gather lots of information about the Motability Scheme and chat to experts from a range of organisations that support motoring for Motability customers.”

For anyone who has leased a vehicle before and is looking for their next car, or those who are completely new to the Motability Scheme, the One Big Day events are a great way to find out all there is to know about the worry-free package the Scheme offers.

2015 Event Dates

The Big Event, EventCity, Manchester – Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May 2015

One Big Day, Yorkshire Event Centre – Saturday 6 June 2015

One Big Day, Westpoint, Exeter – Thursday 23 July 2015

One Big Day, Peterborough Arena – Thursday 6 August 2015

One Big Day, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire – Saturday 12 September 2015

On display

Each event will feature a wide range of cars, scooters and powered wheelchairs on display from a selection of manufacturers. ‘The Big Event’ at EventCity in Manchester will showcase Motability’s biggest ever vehicle display including more than 100 cars from 27 different manufacturers. In addition, over 40 models of scooters and powered wheelchairs, a wide range of vehicle adaptations and more than 25 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles will be on display.

Visitors can also get advice from the team of friendly Motability advisors, Scheme partners – Kwik Fit, RAC and RSA Motability – as well as The Forum of Mobility Centres and Disabled Motoring UK.

Test drives

Visitors can test drive adapted and non-adapted cars with a professional driving instructor, either as a driver or passenger, to see which vehicles are best suited to their individual needs. The adapted cars will be fitted with a wide range of different driving adaptations including hand controls, steering wheel balls, electronic brakes and left foot accelerators.

Test drives can be booked on the day at the test drive booking desk and visitors must remember to bring their full driving licence (including the paper counterpart).

Fun for all the family

Younger visitors will enjoy the Kids Zone where children’s entertainment will include free face painting, free balloon modelling and much more. Plus, everyone will have the chance to meet the Motability mascot, Billy the Bear.

Every visitor will receive a token on arrival which can be exchanged for a free cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink and a range of food will be available to purchase. Parking at each of the events is free plus a limited number of scooters and manual wheelchairs will be available to borrow free of charge – these will be available to book online, prior to each event.

Find out more about the One Big Day programme of events online at www.motability.co.uk/onebigday and on the ‘Motability Events’ Facebook page, where you can keep up to date with the latest One Big Day announcements and view pictures and videos from previous events.

For more information on leasing a car, scooter or powered wheelchair through the Motability Scheme, visit motability.co.uk or call 0800 953 7000.

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