Does your car qualify for scrappage?
The Government has set aside another £100 million for the scrappage scheme. That's enough for 100,000 cars, so get in quick. The latest the scheme can run until is February 28, 2010 – and your old car must meet the following criteria:
• First registration was before February 29, 2000
• You must be the registered keeper and have owned the car for at least 12 months
• It must be taxed and have a valid MoT certificate
• There must be no outstanding finance
Name Amanda Keegan Age 35
Current car 1993 Ford Granada 2.0 Scorpio auto
New car Skoda Octavia 1.4 S
The Keegan family need space – and Amanda's Granada has loads. It was cheap to buy, but it doesn't have much safety equipment. Some of the most popular scrappage buys won't be big enough, but there is a great offer on the Skoda Octavia 1.4 S.
This entry-level Octavia has a bigger boot than the Granada, and would work out a lot cheaper to run – it would cut Amanda's fuel bills by £1175 over three years, and there are also savings to be made on tax and servicing.
In our tests, the Octavia wasn't only quicker than the Granada (despite having much less power), it was also a lot faster than Skoda's claimed figures. Unsurprisingly, the Skoda came to a halt quicker in our braking tests, too, but the Granada was one of few cars fitted with anti-lock brakes back in 1993, so it wasn't disgraced. However, safety provisions elsewhere are poor – there isn't a single airbag on board.
The RAC inspection also unearthed a fair few nasties, which would cost more than the car is worth to put right.
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