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Q) Under the Governments scrappage scheme, does the new car have to be brand new, or do pre-registered cars count?
Greg Innis, via e-mail

A) Only brand new cars qualify for the 2000 scrappage allowance. While pre-registered cars usually have only delivery miles on the clock, they will already have a name on the registration document meaning they arent technically new.

Of course, you dont have to buy through the scrappage scheme. By selling your old car privately and haggling a great deal on the pre-registered car, you might end up even better off.**