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10.12.6 Where an existing vehicle is not suitable for modification
In line with assistance available to SRCA clients, where it is not feasible for the client’s existing motor vehicle to be modified, funding may be provided for the cost difference between a suitable vehicle (acquired by the client at their own cost) with the option (for example, automatic transmission) fitted and a vehicle of a similar model without the option (for example, manual transmission). This may occur where the vehicle is too old, technically unsuitable, not cost effective or not safe to modify.
It should be noted that DVA may still be responsible for other modifications to the recommended vehicle, which have been identified and recommended following an assessment by a Driver Trained Specialist OT to assist the client to drive in safety and reasonable comfort. The vehicle purchased by the client would therefore need to meet their assessed needs as identified in the Driver Trained Specialist OT report and agreed to by the DVA delegate, and would also need to be suitable for any additional modification as recommended in the assessment.
If a client purchases a vehicle with the required modifications for less than the trade in of their existing vehicle, there would be no cost difference or evidence of an actual cost incurred for any payment to be approved.
The amount reimbursed under this policy shall not exceed the amount which would need to have been spent to modify the original vehicle.