Scrappage scheme: latest manufacturer deals and offers
The Government might offer a £6000 scrappage incentive, and many car makers are already offering up to £5000 off new cars. Here are the latest discounts...
The idea is to help boost sales, which were 4.4% down in September, with the total volume of 328,041 the lowest new car registration figure since 1999.
The emphasis could be on helping UK-based manufacturers such as Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall. However, a scheme focused on electric and plug-in hybrid cars is unlikely, because the supply of these cars is restricted by manufacturing limitations.
Despite this, some car makers are already offering their own scrappage discounts to encourage motorists to trade older cars in for new, more efficient models, details of which are below.
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, although some schemes have been extended to cover newer cars too.
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 scrappage scheme
London mayor Sadiq Khan introduced a car scrappage scheme in October 2019, providing a discount of £2000 off a new car to help "low-income" motorists to 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 ULEZ 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.
Swap your older car for a more efficient new one and you'll qualify for a Swappage Scheme discount of up to £5000 off a new car. The biggest discount is on the Grand C4 Spacetourer, and there is £4000 off the C4 Cactus.
There are also automatic savings of £3300 on other models, including the Berlingo, C3 hatchback, C3 Aircross, C5 Aircross (£3000 off the C5 Aircross Hybrid) and the Spacetourer. The discount on the C1 city car is £2750. The offer only applies to cars that are in stock at dealerships.
New cars must be ordered and registered before 31 December 2020. All Swappage vehicles must have been owned for more than 90 days and registered in the UK before 1 January 2014.
Not all traded-in cars will be scrapped, but those that are will be collected and disposed of by CarTakeBack.
Citroën'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.
Budget brand Dacia is offering up to £750 off a new car when you trade in an older vehicle. Its New for Old Scheme gives a discount of £750 on the Duster and £250 on the Sandero and Logan. Customers must have owned their trade-in car for at least 90 days, and new cars must be registered by 31 December.
Buyers can get up to £5000 off a new Hyundai when they trade in their older petrol or diesel car. To qualify, cars must have been registered before 1 July 2012, 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 expert CAP.
Hyundai's discounts are in lieu of any other offer and apply to new cars registered before 31 December 2020.
The full list of Hyundai discounts is below:
Hyundai i20 (except Play) – £2400
Hyundai i20 Play – £900
Hyundai i30 (all 5dr, Tourer and Fastback models) – £3500
Hyundai i30 N Line (5dr) – £2500
Hyundai i30 N (275 PS) – £2500
Hyundai Ioniq (except Electric) – £3000
Hyundai Kona (all non-electric models) - £2500
Hyundai Kona Play and Hybrid - £2000
Hyundai Tucson (except N-line) – £4000
Hyundai Tucson N-line – £2500
Hyundai Santa Fe – £5000
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 31 March 2013, meaning they conform to Euro 5 standards or lower.
The offer is available on cars registered before 31 December 2020.
Savings of up to £4000 are on offer from Toyota's luxury brand for older cars traded in before 30 September 2020. Your trade-in must have been first registered before 1 October 2012 and you must have owned it for at least six months. To be eligible, new cars need to be registered by 31 December.
The discounts are as follows:
To qualify for Mazda's scheme, your petrol or diesel car must have been registered before 31 December 2011. When you trade it in, you'll be given up to £4000 off the price of a Mazda that emits less than 161g/km of CO2. The discount will be offered whether you pay with cash on a PCP finance deal, on cars registered by 31 December 2020. Scrappage cars must have been owned for at least 60 days.
Traded-in vehicles will be scrapped by CarTakeBack, which recycles 95% of components and materials.
The full list of discounted Mazda vehicles is below:
Nissan's Switch Up scheme offers up to £6300 for buyers trading in eligible 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 until 30 December and is available on all trim levels except Visia. The savings are as follows:
Nissan Leaf – £2000
Nissan Micra – £3300
Nissan Qashqai – £6000
Nissan X-Trail – £4200
If you're after a new Renault, you could get up to £3000 off with the French brand's New for Old scrappage scheme. To be eligible, trade-in cars have to have been first registered before 31 March 2014 and owned by you for at least 90 days. Cars need to be ordered by 15 December and registered by 31 March 2021.
The following discounts are available:
Renault Clio – £500 (£1250 off Clio E-Tech Hybrid)
Renault Captur – £1000 (£1250 off Captur E-Tech Hybrid)
Renault Kadjar – £3000
Renault Koleos – £500
Renault Mégane – £1000 (diesel), £750 (petrol), (£1250 off Sport Tourer E-Tech Hybrid)
Renault Zoe – £2500 (£3000 off GT Line)
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 is for cars purchased before 30 September 2020. Buyers can save up to £4000 off cars and vans. The savings are as follows:
Toyota Aygo – £2000
Toyota C-HR Hybrid – £2000
Toyota Camry Hybrid – £2000
Toyota Corolla Hybrid – £2000
Toyota GT86 – £2000
Toyota Land Cruiser – £2000
Toyota Prius – £2000
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – £2000
Toyota Supra – £4000
Toyota Yaris (excluding Hybrid) – £2500
Toyota Yaris Hybrid – £1500
Toyota Hilux – £4000
Toyota Proace – £3000
Toyota Proace Verso - £3000
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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