Beat the scrappage scheme

  • Scrappage could cost you
  • Save with nearly new cars
  • Our scrappage-busting deals
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Is the scrappage scheme costing you more cash than it saves? Check out our nearly new bargains instead.

The Government's scrappage scheme restricts you to buying brand new vehicles only with all the worries that depreciation brings. Also, some manufactures have stopped selling the cheapest trim levels on selected models so you may have to spend more.

Saving cash could be easier if you consider a low-mileage used car, instead. There are thousands on the market, and prices are extremely competitive at the moment.

Scrappage-busting deals
Forget the scrappage scheme with these great deals on nearly new car that you can drive away today.

Ford Fiesta 1.25 Style + 3dr
Year: '09/09,
Mileage: 3811
Price: 8799
This smashing supermini deal is just one of many available at Ford franchised dealers and car supermarkets.

Nissan Note 1.4 16v Acenta 5dr
Year: 09/09
Mileage: 2675
Price: 8995
A flexible supermini that has plenty of cabin space and comes with decent specification from a franchised dealer.

Ford Focus 1.6 Style 5dr
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 350
Price: 10,699
This small family car is a great bargain, and is more than 6100 cheaper than its list price when new.

Vauxhall Insignia 1.8 16v Exclusive 5dr
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 25 miles
Price: 13,000
There are already plenty of great deals on the Vauxhall Insignia, such as this car with delivery mileage, which we found at a dealership.

Ford Mondeo 2.0 TDCi Titanium automatic 5dr
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 3355
Price: 15,000
You could save a mouth-watering 9000 on this smooth and well-equipped diesel family car at a car supermarket.

Volkswagen Passat Estate 2.0TDI CR Bluemotion 2
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 4905
Price: 14,990
This Passat is great value and will save you plenty of cash on fuel bills with its ultra-frugal, clean diesel engine.

Audi A4 2.0 TDI S 4dr
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 4532
Price: 19,950
Enjoy business-class travel with the Audi A4, and save almost 4500 off the list price at an independent garage.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi SX 5dr
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 10
Price: 12,487
Seven seats and low running costs make the Grand C4 Picasso a family favourite. This one was found at a dealer.

Land Rover Freelander 2.2 TD4 GS
Year: '09/09
Mileage: 2601
Price: 18,950
Join the country set for less cash with the Freelander - It's just as at home in Chelsea or in a field. This one's at a dealer.

Don't scrap it sell it
Raise extra cash by selling your old car privately. It might fetch only 500, but that cash will still contribute to buying or running your new car.