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Car scrappage schemes

Find out about car scrappage deals and whether car manufacturers’ trade-in deals measure up

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What is the car scrappage scheme?

The first car scrappage schemes were launched in 2009. The UK Government offered drivers a £2,000 incentive for trading in cars over 10 years old for newer, more environmentally friendly ones.

The scheme:

  • led to an increase in car sales

  • helped stimulate the manufacture of modern, less polluting cars 

  • although the government incentive ended car manufacturers are still offering car scrappage trade-in deals 

The past couple of years have seen a wave of so-called scrappage schemes from manufacturers in the wake of a wider focus on vehicle emissions.

The government car scrappage scheme

In 2017 a more generous scrappage scheme as part of the UK government’s Clean Air Plan were announced. 

  • the plans would offer up to £8,000 towards the purchase of a new eco-friendly car. 

  • the scheme was scrapped in the final proposal in favour of plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040

  • a draft plan for a Government-backed new car buying incentive scheme designed to stimulate sales and protect jobs in the wake of the 2020 coronavirus crisis has been drawn up 

  • nothing has yet been finalised 

  • In order to comply with plans to scrap emissions some manufacturers have stepped up to offer thousands off a new car when trading in an old one.

This time around, the various scrappage schemes offered by manufacturers each have their own terms, conditions and benefits. 

Citroen scrappage scheme

Citroen’s Swappage scheme offers a saving of up to £4,000 on a Grand C4 SpaceTourer, and up to £3,000 on its C3 and C4 Cactus hatchback model and its C3 and C5 Aircross SUVs. The C1 supermini is eligible for a £2,750 saving.

Cars traded in must be registered in the UK before 1 January 2014 and owned for at least 90 days. 

To benefit from the scheme, new Citroen models must have be ordered and registered between 1 July and 30 September 2020. 

The Citroen scrappage scheme 

Dacia’s scrappage scheme

Dacia is offering discounts of up to £750 if you trade in your car for a new one. The £750 discount is applicable to the Duster, or £250 on the Sandero and Logan. Customers must have owned their trade-in car for at least 90 days, and new cars must be ordered by 30 September 2020 and registered by 31 December. 

The Dacia scrappage scheme.

Hyundai’s scrappage scheme

Hyundai is offering up to £5000 off a new Hyundai when trading in an older petrol or diesel car. The car must have been registered before 1 July 2012, meaning they conform to Euro 5 standards or lower.

Hyundai's discounts apply to new cars registered before 30 September 2020.

Hyundai’s scrappage scheme

Kia’s scrappage scheme

Buyers can get up to £2500 off selected new Kia models when they trade in their older petrol or diesel car. Buyers are being offered a £2,000 scrappage incentive against the Picanto or Rio and £2,500. To qualify, trade-in cars must have been registered before 31 March 2013, meaning they conform to Euro 5 standards or lower.

Kia’s scrappage scheme

The Lexus scrappage scheme

Toyota's luxury brand is offering savings of £4,000 for older cars traded in before 30 September 2020. The trade-in must have been first registered before 1 October 2012 and been owned for at least six months. Examples include the Lexus CT, £3,500 and Lexus ES - £4,000.New cars need to be ordered by 30 September 2020 and registered by 31 December.  

The Lexus scrappage scheme

Mazda’s scrappage scheme

Mazda's scheme means you can trade in a petrol or diesel car registered before 31 December 2011. When you trade it in, you'll be given up to £4,000 off the price of a Mazda that emits less than 161g/km of CO2. Scrappage cars must have been owned for at least 60 days and new cars registered by 30 September 2020

Mazda scrappage scheme 

MG’s scrappage scheme

MG’s scheme enables buyers to get £2,000 off a new MG3 or £4,280 off an MGZS when they trade in a car registered on or before 30 September 2013 they’ve owned for at least three months. 

The offer applies to cars bought with cash and on finance and is valid for cars registered by 30 September 2020. 

This offer excludes the entry-level Explore model of the MG3 and can’t be combined with any other offer, but it can be used on either cash or finance purchases.

MG scrappage scheme 

Nissan’s scrappage scheme

Nissan's Switch Up scheme offers up to £6,300 for buyers trading in cars which must have been first registered before 20 December 2012 and registered in the customer's name for at least 90 days. 

The offer runs till 30 September 2020 and includes a £6,300 discount on a new Nissan Qashqai and £1,800 off a new Juke, with £3,300 off the Micra hatchback. It also includes the electric Nissan Leaf, with a £2,000 discount for an eligible trade-in.

Nissan Switch Up scheme

Renault’s scrappage scheme

Renault is offering up to £3,000 off with its New for Old scrappage scheme. To be eligible trade-in cars have to be first registered before 31 March 2014 and owned for at least 90 days. Cars need to be ordered by 30 September and registered by 31 December 2020.

Examples include the Renault Clio, £750 and the Renault Captur, £1,000.

Renault scrappage scheme 

Toyota’s scrappage scheme

Toyota's ‘Scrap Old, Drive New’ scrappage scheme offers savings of £2,000 on new Toyota Aygo models and £2,500 on conventional Yaris models (excluding Yaris Active, GR and the new Yaris), with a £1,500 trade-in value against the Yaris Hybrid.

Toyota’s scrappage scheme applies to cars first registered by 30 September 2012 and owned by the current owner for at least six months. The initiative runs until 30 September 2020. 

Toyota scrappage scheme

ULEZ diesel van scrappage scheme

Small businesses in London can still benefit from £3,500 towards the cost of replacing diesel vans that don’t meet the new ULEZ emissions standard in 2020. A grant is also available for £6,000 off the price of an electric van. Non ULEZ-compliant vehicles are now charged £12.50 on top of the £11.50 daily congestion charge.

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.

How to save on car insurance 

Getting a deal on your trade in can save you money but there are other things you can also do to reduce the cost of your car insurance

There are some things you can do that may reduce the cost of your car insurance:

  • Having a black box fitted

  • Lowering your mileage

  • Parking in a private driveway or garage

  • Considering a multi-car insurance policy

  • Choosing a car from a low insurance group

Black box car insurance

Having a black box fitted means your driver behaviour is monitored. The telematics box reports on how you accelerate, brake and negotiate sharp bends as well as what time your drive and on what sorts of roads. 

The data is analysed, and if your scores are positive, your car insurance may be discounted over time.

Lowering mileage 

If you drive fewer miles in a year this could result in a lower car insurance premium.

Parking in a private driveway

Parking in a private driveway or garage can also attract a discount. Car insurers may take into account where you park, depending where you live.

A multi car insurance policy

If your driveway is cluttered with cars, you may want to consider a multi car insurance policy

Choosing a car from a lower insurance group

The lower the value of the car and the cheaper it is repair, the less car insurance you may have to pay. 

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