This time last month, scrappage schemes weren’t a thing in 2017. They were still associated with the global recession of 2008 and a tempting gimmick to revive new car sales.
A couple of weeks is a long time in the UK car industry though and now, virtually every major car maker has announced some form of scrappage scheme, in a bid to remove old, highly polluting cars from Britain’s roads and improve the nation’s air quality.
Around 19.3 million pre-Euro 5 cars are currently on UK roads, according to vehicle data group SMMT. Removing them from Britain’s roads would effectively reduce the nation’s road CO2 output by 15 million tons a year.
Many of the new schemes centre on diesels and in a nutshell, if you have a diesel with a pre-2010 reg, then it’s highly likely you’ll be able to take advantage of a good few schemes currently running.
With everyone from Audi to Vauxhall now offering money off a new car in exchange for their old banger, we thought it’d be worthwhile to take a look at every new programme that’s been put in place.
Anyone with any (the brand is irrelevant) old Euro 1 to Euro 4 diesel car registered before 2010 can trade it in and see between £2,000 and £8,000 knocked off the price of a new Audi.
The level of discount depends on which model you’ve got your eye on. The minimum discount comes with the Q2 (£2,000), while the plug-in Q7 e-tron offers the heftiest price cut at £8,000.
The A4 and A5 enjoy £6,000 discounts, rising to £7,000 for the A6 and A7.
Audi models exempt from the scrappage scheme include diesel Q7s, the A8, R8 and any RS variants; so most of the really fun stuff pretty much *sad face*.
Find out more at https://www.audi.co.uk/owners-area/scrappage-incentive.html
Like Audi, the BMW Group wants your old pre-Euro 5 diesel. In exchange, you’ll get £2,000 off the price of any BMW or Mini as long as it emits less than 130g/km of CO2.
So that includes the i3 and i8, as well as the plug-in Mini Countryman.
You’ll have to act fast though; Beemer’s scheme is only being offered until the end of 2017.
The blue oval was one of the first brands to announce its scheme and it’s very similar to BMW’s. By handing over any pre-2010 diesel car to Ford, it’ll knock at least £2,000 of the price of almost every model in its range (the Ka+, S-Max and Galaxy are exempt).
Ford buyers stand to save up to £7,000 by trading in their old diesel and Ford of Britain boss Andy Barratt says the idea has been a hit so far, with more than 1,000 orders taken in the first week alone.
To underline its commitment to improving air quality, Ford promises that any diesel traded in will be sent to the crusher.
Every scrappage scheme mentioned so far is only bothered about diesels, but Hyundai will take any old Euro 1 to 4 petrol or diesel car. It says that Euro 1 to 3 cars will be scrapped, while Euro 4 vehicles will be sold on by dealers.
Discounts start from £1,500 for the i10 – Hyundai’s smallest car – rising to £5,000 off the price of a new Santa Fe. Its scheme is available for the rest of the year.
Hyundai’s sister brand will slash £2,000 off the asking price of a new Picanto or Rio until December 2017. Any accepted cars must be more than seven years old and will be destroyed.
It’s a similar deal with Mazda. Trade in any pre-2010 car and you can receive up to £5,000 off the cost of a sub-130g/km Mazda. Those kind of emissions mean you can’t go too big, but £2,000 off a Mazda2 or £4,000 off a Mazda3 and Mazda6 sounds like a fair swap.
Merc’s scheme is kinda restricted. In exchange for any Euro 1-4 diesel car, it’ll reduce the price of one of its new plug-in hybrids – like the S-Class seen here – by £2,000.
Similarly, those trading in one of the original electric Smart Fortwo models will get a £1,000 discount, which is frankly pathetic. Come round to my house and I’ll give you more than a grand for that cheeky little ‘lekky rocket.
While every scheme mentioned so far is in place until the end of 2017, Nissan is only offering its Switch Scheme throughout September.
Hand over your pre-Euro 5 car or van and you can enjoy up to £5,000 towards the price of a new X-Trail.
Nissan’s French partner Renault is also restricting its scheme to September, offering between £2,000 and £7,000 off a new Renault.
This Spanish brand is capping discounts at £3,500 for pre-Euro 5 owners who have been the named owner for at least six months. Trade in and save £1,500 off a Mii, £2,500 off an Ibiza (pictured) or £3,500 off a Leon.
Skoda’s scheme is similar to that of its VW Group cousin, with a required six-month ownership. Discounts reach £4,000 this time and orders must be placed before the end of 2017.
With a great wealth of hybrids within its range, Toyota is arguably the go-to for models that improve air quality. The C-HR, Prius, RAV4, Yaris and Auris are all available as hybrids.
All pre-Euro 5 cars traded in to Toyota will be scrapped by Autogreen.
If you’ve owned a pre-Euro 5 car for at least 90 days, you can part-exchange it for at least £2,000 off the price of a new Adam, Corsa, Meriva, Astra or Mokka X.
Until the end of 2017, you can swap your Euro 4 or older diesel and enjoy up to £6,000 towards a new VW.
That means £1,800 off an up!, as well as at least £4,000 off the mid-size to larger VWs.
That’s everything for now.
There are obviously some brands yet to get involved, but in light of ambitious electrification plans from Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover, as well as the UK’s petrol and diesel ban from 2040, it’s only a matter of time before more car makers reveal scrappage plans.