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Car scrappage schemes for 2018

Many car manufacturers are offering car scrappage deals for 2018 — effectively trade-in deals for money off a new vehicle. But what’s behind the new trend for these schemes and how do the carmakers’ deals measure up?

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2017 saw a wave of so-called scrappage schemes from manufacturers in the wake of a wider focus on vehicle emissions, with many carrying on into 2018. The government previously floated plans for a generous scrappage scheme as part of its Clean Air Plan, which would offer up to £8,000 towards the purchase of a new eco-friendly car. However, the scheme had been branded ‘toothless’ by critics, and was scrapped in the final proposal in favour of a new plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Seemingly capitalising on the public’s appetite for a scrappage scheme and getting a headstart on getting high-emissions vehicles off the roads before the 2040 ban on traditionally fuelled vehicles, some manufacturers have stepped up to offer thousands off a new car when trading in an old one.

It’s not the first time a scrappage scheme has been offered to drivers — in 2009, a scheme funded jointly by the government and manufacturers offered £2,000 off new car purchases when trading in a car more than ten years old.

This time around, the various scrappage schemes offered by manufacturers each have their own terms, conditions and benefits. We’ve rounded up some of the most popular below:

Hyundai scrappage and emission reduction scheme

Hyundai is also offering significant discounts of up to £5,000 when trading in an old petrol or diesel car registered before 1 January 2011, as long as you’ve owned it for 90 days or more.

Hyundai will scrap your vehicle for a discount towards various models in its i10, i20, i30, i40, ix20, Tucson, Santa Fe or IONIQ ranges.

Deadline: New cars to be registered before 30 September 2018

Example deal: £5,000 discount on a Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe

Toyota scrappage scheme

Toyota’s ‘scrap old, drive new’ scheme is open to cars of any fuel type, as long as they were first registered before 30 September 2010 and registered to you for six months or more.

The trade-in scheme offers up to £4,000 off a new Toyota vehicle, with all models included except for base grades (Active and X), Yaris GRMN and Yaris Hybrid.

Deadline: New cars must be ordered and registered by 30 September 2018

Example deal: £2,000 discount on a Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius

Mazda Scrappage Upgrade Plan

Mazda is currently running a scrappage incentive on some models in association with their Personal Contract Purchase or Mazda Conditional Sale finance schemes.

The trade-in vehicle can be of any make or transmission, but must be registered before 1 January 2011 and owned by you for a minumum of 60 days.

The scrappage scheme applies to new low-emissions models including the Mazda2, Mazda3, New Mazda6, CX-3 and CX-5, with savings of up to £5,000.

Deadline: New cars must be ordered and registered by 30 September 2018

Example deal: £5,000 discount on a New Mazda6

Mazda 6

Is the scrappage scheme worth it?

Remember that dealers might offer their own scrappage or trade-in schemes. Some of the offers might not be available on top of other customer discounts, so it’s worth weighing up if you might get more by haggling a better deal for your new car and scrapping or selling your current car elsewhere.

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