Scrappage scheme - latest deals and offers

Some car makers are offering scrappage trade-in incentives to encourage owners of older vehicles to trade them in for newer, less polluting models. Here are the latest discounts...

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Claire Evans
8 Nov 2019 11:00

If you drive an older car, especially a diesel, you could get a cash incentive to trade it in for a new, more efficient model.

A number of car makers have launched scrappage schemes over the past couple of years. The deals are designed to reduce the pollution caused by diesel cars, as well as increasing the uptake of low-emissions cars in the UK. 

To qualify for the schemes the car you're trading in must comply with Euro 1-4 emissions standards, which generally means it will have been first registered before 31 December 2009. Euro standards set the emissions limits for new cars; the first, Euro 1, was introduced in 1992. You can check the Euro emissions standard of your car here.

The Capital’s own scrappage scheme

London mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced a car scrappage scheme with a discount of £2000 off a new car to help 'low-income' motorists switch to less polluting cars and avoid having to pay the £12.50 daily charge when the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is expanded in October 2021. Eligible cars are petrol ones that are Euro 4 compliant (generally older than 2005) and Euro 6 diesel cars (first registered before September 2015). 

It's estimated that more than 2.5 million cars will incur the charge when the zone is increased to encompass the entire area between the North and South Circular roads. The daily fee for driving a pre-Euro 3 petrol car or a pre-Euro 6 diesel equates to £87.50 a week or £4550 a year. 

Khan announced a £23 million scrappage scheme for vans in 2018, so this new £25 million incentive brings the total amount available to the capital's motorists up to £48 million. 

Car maker scrappage schemes

Below are details of the schemes that are currently on offer. 


Citroën C3

Swap your older car for a lower emission new one and you'll qualify for a Swappage Scheme discount of £5000 off the new car. This offer applies to all new C3 Aircross, C4 Cactus and C5 Aircross models and runs until 31 December 2019. Eligible cars are those first registered before 1 January 2013. Cars must be bought from existing dealer stock rather than factory-ordered. 

Not all traded-in cars will be scrapped, but those that are will be collected and disposed of by CarTakeBack. 

Citroen's offer can be used in conjunction with the means-tested London scrappage scheme by residents of boroughs that will be in the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone to get a further £2000 off a new car. 


Ford Fiesta driving

You can save up to £4150 (including VAT) on a new Ford car and up to £6250 on its vans with he New for Old scrappage incentive. To be eligible you simply need to own any car or commercial vehicle first registered on or before 1 January 2013, and have been its owner for more than 90 days. The offer applies to new cars ordered by 31 December 2019. 

Cars and vans included: 


Hyundai Kona front

Buyers can get up to £4000 off a new Hyundai when they trade in their older petrol or diesel car. To qualify, cars must have been registered before 1 October 2011, meaning they conform to Euro 5 standards or lower.

The most polluting vehicles – those that comply with Euro 1-3 standards – will be scrapped under Hyundai's scheme, while owners of Euro 4 and 5 cars can trade in their cars instead, receiving a residual value calculated by used car experts CAP.

Hyundai's discounts are in lieu of any other offer and apply to new cars registered before 31 December 2019.

The full list of Hyundai discounts is below:


Kia Sportage 1.7 CRDi

Buyers can get up to £2500 off selected new Kia models when they trade in their older petrol or diesel car. To qualify, trade-in cars must have been registered before 30 June 2012, meaning they conform to Euro 5 standards or lower.

The offer is available on cars registered before 31 December 2019.


Mazda CX-5 2.0 SE-L Nav+

To qualify for Mazda's scheme, your petrol or diesel car must have been registered before 31 December 2010. When you trade it in, you'll be given up to £6000 off the price of any Mazda model that emits less than 144g/km of CO2, whether that's on a cash or PCP finance deal on cars registered by 31 December 2019.

Traded-in vehicles will be scrapped by CarTakeBack, which recycles 95% of components and materials.

The full list of discounted Mazda vehicles is below:


MG3 1.5 Vi-Tech Excite

MG’s Swappage scheme enables buyers to get up to £2500 off a new MG3 when they trade in a car registered on or before 31 March 2012 that 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 31 December. Buyers get £2500 if they trade in an old MG model and £2000 for any other make and model. 


Renault Zoe charging

If you're after a new Renault you could get up to £3000 off with the French brand's Scrappage Scheme. To be eligible trade-in cars have to be first registered before 31 March 2012 and owned by you for at least 90 days. The following discounts are available: 


Toyota Aygo 1.0 VVT-i X-Play

Toyota’s scrappage scheme applies to cars first registered by 30 September 2011 and owned by the current owner for at least six months. The initiative is for cars ordered by 31 December 2019. At present only the Aygo and Yaris are included, with the following savings available: 


9: Vauxhall Grandland X

Vauxhall has focussed its Trade Up scrappage scheme on three new SUVs: the Mokka XCrossland X, Grandland X.  The savings are: 

Part-exchange cars must be at least seven years old and have been owned by the seller for 90 days or more. The deal is for cars ordered and registered by 26 November 2019.   

How to get the best deal for your car

These trade-in offers can look tempting, especially if you currently own an older diesel car, but it's still important to check what other deals and offers are available. Many of the car makers offering the schemes mentioned above are also offering regular discounts on top of their trade-in incentives, so it's worth haggling in the dealership.

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