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?
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:
Ford new for old scrappage scheme
Ford’s scrappage scheme offers up to £4,950 off a personal car when scrapping an old petrol or diesel vehicle, and discounts of up to £7,000 on commercial vehicles.
Various levels of discount are applicable to Ford’s Fiesta, B-MAX, Focus, C-MAX, Grand C-MAX and Kuga. Commercial vehicles include models in the Transit and Tourneo range.
To qualify for the new car discount, you need to trade in a vehicle registered before 1 January 2011, and it must have been registered to you for at least 90 days.
Deadline: New car orders up to 31 March 2018
Example deal: £4,950 discount on a Ford Focus Titanium
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 31 December 2009, 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 31 March 2018
Example deal: £5,000 discount on a Hyundai Santa Fe
Volkswagen scrappage upgrade scheme
Volkswagen is offering up to £6,000 off a range of its cars when scrapping an old diesel vehicle. The trade-in vehicle must be a Euro 1-4 diesel model registered before 31 December 2009 and owned by you for at least six months.
The offer applies to all new VW models, except for the Touareg range. Discounts range from £1,800 off a VW up! to £6,000 off a Sharan or Passat model.
Deadline: New car orders by 2 April 2018
Example deal: £3,300 off a VW e-up!
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 31 December 2009 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) and Yaris GRMN.
Deadline: New cars must be ordered and registered by 31 January 2018
Example deal: £2,000 discount on a Toyota Prius
Audi scrappage incentive
Audi’s scrappage deal offers a discount on a range of its Euro 6-compliant cars, up to a generous £8,000 discount on its Q7 e-tron model.
The scheme is only available if you’re trading in an old diesel with a Euro 1-4 engine first registered before 2010.
Deadline: New cars must be ordered by 31 March 2018 and registered by 30 June 2018
Example deal: £2,800 discount on an Audi A1
Dacia scrappage scheme
Dacia’s scrappage deal offers £1,000 off its Duster model and £500 off the Dacia Sandero.
You can trade in any car registered before 21 December 2009, as long as you’ve owned it for 90 days or more.
Deadline: New cars to be ordered and registered by 31 March 2018
Example deal: £1,000 off a Dacia Duster
Kia’s car scrappage scheme
Kia is offering £2,000 off its Rio Pulse and All New Picanto models when you trade in your old car.
Trade-in vehicles must have been registered on or before 31 March 2011 and owned by you for at least three months.
Deadline: Purchases must be made by 31 March 2018
Example deal: £2,000 off a new Kia Rio
Nissan switch scheme
Nissan’s scrappage deal offers discounts on a range of new models as well as used Leaf models when bought through Nissan’s own finance scheme.
The trade-in vehicle must have been registered on or before 31 December 2009 and registered to you for at least 90 days. The offer is available on all new Micra, Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail models (excluding Visia grade), and used Leaf vehicles offered by Nissan.
Deadline: Must be ordered and registered by 2 April 2018
Example deal: £2,000 off a new Nissan Micra
Peugeot scrappage scheme
Peugeot is offering savings of up to £6,000 on cars and £7,000 +VAT on vans as part of its 2018 scrappage deal.
Peugeot is accepting trade-ins of diesel and petrol cars and vans registered before 31 December 2010, and you must have owned the vehicle for a minimum of 90 days.
Deadline: Orders must be made by 31 March 2018
Example deal: £2,850 off a Peugeot 308 petrol, or £3,750 off the diesel version
SEAT scrappage incentive scheme
SEAT’s car scrappage scheme offers up to £3,500 off selected models, but the car you trade in must be a Euro 1-4 diesel model registered up to 31 December 2009.
You must have owned the diesel vehicle for a minimum of six months, and you can trade it in for a discount on SEAT’s Ibiza, Mii, Toledo or Leon models.
Deadline: Must be ordered by 31 March 2018 and registered by 30 June 2018
Example deal: £2,500 off an all-new SEAT Ibiza
Skoda scrappage incentive
Skoda is offering scrappage deals when you trade in an old diesel vehicle registered in the UK before 2010, as long as you’ve owned it for six months or more.
You could get up to £4,000 off a range of new Skoda vehicles (excluding Kodiaq, Karoq, SE Technology and Citigo S trims).
Deadline: Orders must be made by 31 March 2018
Example deal: £2,500 off a new Skoda Fabia
Mitsubishi scrappage scheme
Mitsubishi is offering up to £5,000 off a range of its models when you trade in an old vehicle registered before 1 January 2010. The scrappage vehicle must have been registered to you for at least six months.
The scrappage deal offers discounts on Mitsubishi’s Oulander and Outlander PHEV, ASX and Mirage models.
Deadline: New car must be registered by 27 March 2018
Example deal: £5,000 off a Mitsubishi Outlander
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.