Scrappage scheme: all the deals and offers

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Plans for a Government-backed scrappage scheme, aimed at bolstering new car sales, are forging ahead. According to The Telegraph UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering giving drivers up to £6,000 off an  electric car if they scrap their petrol or diesel one.

If the PM goes ahead with the scrappage scheme, it's likely to be announced on 6 July as part of a wider speech about the UK economy.

While there is currently no Government-backed scrappage scheme, the car industry – manufacturers and dealer groups – is already calling for its return in order to boost new car sales post the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

And we can see why. There have already been massive drops in sales in the UK, with March, April and May sales being between 44 and 97% down on where they were last year. Clearly the manufacturers and dealer groups are desperate to kickstart sales, and now that dealers have re-opened, people at least can go out and buy cars now. But further encouragement is wanted – and a government-backed scrappage scheme is seen as one way of getting new cars out there.

The chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, told The Guardian: 'We have been in constant communication with government, highlighting the situation and what support might be needed when the immediate crisis eases. We may need to work with government to identify ways of boosting demand, especially given the contribution this sector makes to the economy and jobs. That time is not now but industry, and government, need to be prepared for all eventualities.'

But reading between the lines, the SMMT wants a government scrappage back for all vehicles, as it's a proven mechanism to encourage buyers back into the showrooms, and to start buying new cars. But should you?

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A-Z of car scrappage deals 2020

Citroen
Hyundai
Kia
Lexus
Mazda
MG
Renault
Toyota

Looking to buy a car with a scrappage scheme? These are the latest deals.*

Citroen scrappage scheme

Citroen C5 Aircross 0% APR

The French brand is offering seven cars on its 'swappage' deal. This deal only applies to cars in stock. The trade-in car needs to be registered pre-2014, and the owner needs to have owned it for at least 90 days.

Citroen C3 - £4,000 off

Citroen C3 Aircross - £4,000 off

Citroen C4 Cactus - £4,000 off

Citroen C5 Aircross - £4,000 off

Citroen Berlingo - £4,000 off

Citroen SpaceTourer - £4,000 off

Citroen C1 - £2,750 off

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Hyundai scrappage scheme

Hyundai scrappage scheme

Hats off to Hyundai - it's offering a scrappage deal on nearly its entire range of cars. Good savings to be made too. The trade in car needs to be registered before 1 July 2012, and the owner needs to have owned it for at least 90 days. The most polluting cars, those with Euro 1-3 emissions standard, will be scrapped and completely removed from UK roads. Those that are Euro 4-5 will likely be sold on.

Hyundai Santa Fe - up to £5,000 off

Hyundai Tucson - up to £4,000 off

Hyundai i30 - up to £3,500 off

Hyundai Ioniq - up to £3,000 off

Hyundai i20 - up to £2,400 off

Hyundai Kona - up to £2,500

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Kia scrappage scheme

Kia Sportage scrappage scheme deal

Great selection from Kia here, however, it cannot be offered in conjunction with Kia's 0% APR finance deal. This offer is conditional on the scrappage of a car or van, of any make, in good working order, not identified as an insurance write off category A or B, and originally registered on or before 30 June 2013. The owner must have owned it for at least 90 days too.

Kia Sportage - up to £2,500 off

Kia Stonic - up to £2,500 off

Kia Picanto - up to £2,500 off

Kia Niro - up to £2,500 off

Kia Rio - up to £2,500 off

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Lexus scrappage scheme

Lexus scrappage scheme

Like its sister company Toyota (further down this list) Lexus is offering a scrappage scheme. Unlike with Toyota, Lexus isn't offering its entire range. Only six cars make the cut. You need to have owned the car you're scrapping for more than six months too.

Lexus CT - up to £3,500 off

Lexus UX - up to £3,500 off

Lexus ES - up to £4,000 off

Lexus NX - up to £4,000 off

Lexus RX - up to £4,000 off

Lexus RX L - up to £4,000 off

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Mazda scrappage scheme

2019 Mazda 3 front

New for this year is Mazda's scrappage scheme. There are hefty savings to be made on PCP and HP style deals, but there is a catch - the new Mazda you're buying does need to have a CO2 emissions rating of sub 161g/km.

Mazda CX-5 - £4,000 off

Mazda 3 - £3,500 off

Mazda 2 - £3,000 off

Mazda 6 - £3,000 off

Mazda CX-30 - £3,000 off

Mazda MX-5 - £3,000 off

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MG scrappage scheme

MG ZS Rear

A decent chunk of change off here from MG. And unlike with its 0% APR deals, its excellent new electric car, called the MG ZS EV, is included.

MG ZS EV - £3,500 off

MG ZS - £2,000 off

MG 3 - £2,000 off

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Renault scrappage scheme

Renault Clio front end

Renault's 'new for old' scheme offers savings of between £1,000 and £3,000 depending on the car. It's worth noting that the French company took home our coveted New-Car Finance of the Year award too. While the new Clio was good enough to win our Best First Car Award.

Renault Kadjar - £3,000

Renault Zoe - £3,000

Renault Captur - £1,000

Renault Clio - £1,000

Renault Megane - £1,000

Renault Grand Scenic - £1,000

Renault Koleos - £1,000

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Toyota scrappage scheme

 Black 2018 Toyota Corolla

Toyota is offering up its entire range with some kind of scrappage incentive. Even the relatively new Toyota Supra makes it onto this deal. To make use of this offer, you'll have to have owned the scrappage car for over six months, not just 90 days like others on this list.

Toyota Hilux - £4,000

Toyota GR Supra - £4,000

Toyota Proace - £3,000

Toyota Land Cruiser - £2,000

Toyota GT86 - £2,000

Toyota Camry Hybrid - £2,000

Toyota Prius - £2,000

Toyota RAV4 - £2,000

Toyota C-HR - £2,000

Toyota Corolla Hybrid - up to £2,000

Toyota Yaris Hybrid - £1,500

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Car scrappage schemes: what you need to know

New car scrappage

Scrappage schemes are usually undertaken in a bid to get people through dealership doors and driving away in new cars. Although, a subsequent benefit of that is that in general, people will be scrapping a more polluting vehicle, helping bring average emissions of the cars on the road down.

Car scrappage schemes are so called because when they were originally run by various European governments in the 1990s to get older, polluting, cars off the roads. We never had these in the UK, but they proved successful in Ireland, France, Germany and Italy, and helped boost greener car sales, while encouraging the recycling of end-of life vehicles.

2009 Government Scrappage Scheme

In 2009 the Government introduced a car scrappage scheme after 2008's financial crisis. It gave buyers £2,000 off a new car if they scrapped a model aged 10 years or older. it was more about stimulating demand during a recession and the trade-ins were taken off the roads, not to be used again.

A contribution of £1,000 came from the Government and £1,000 came from the manufacturer. It lasted for 10 months, with 390,000 cars selling via the scheme. Later initiatives were often referred to as diesel scrappage schemes, due in part to the growing backlash against diesel that started around 2017.

They hit the headlines again when many vehicle manufacturers introduced their own, non-government-backed, scrappage schemes to encourage new car sales by getting people to trade in their older models.

Today's scrappage schemes

New scrappage schemes run by the manufacturers won't necessarily see their trade-ins taken off the road as they were in 2009. They are really just guaranteed trade-in deals that allow motorists to trade in their old vehicle in return for a guaranteed discount on a new model.

Even if your old car is run down, not long left for this world and is effectively worthless, you can normally get at least £1,000 and sometimes as much as £8,000 off the purchase price of a new model, which in turn could dramatically shrink your car finance monthly payments.

However, if the government introduces a new, centrally-backed scheme as it did in 2009, then that might change – as it will be tempting to clear the trade-ins off the road completely, especially if they've been part-exchanged against zero-emission electric cars. That could well see a return to actually scrapping cars that have been traded in so they never return to the road.

Scrappage scheme opposition

Not everyone is keen on scrappage schemes. Classic car enthusiasts were up in arms when the full extent of the Government's 2009 scheme was revealed. Among the victims of the scheme were 88 Citroën 2CVs, 81 Morris Minors and 45 Jaguar XJ-Ss - all three types of car are rare, and well-sought after among classic enthusiasts.

Car companies have felt the backlash from these vocal car enthusiasts too. A Vauxhall dealership received bad press from classic car magazines in 2016 for putting an Austin Maestro (a cherished classic car in the right, admittedly small circles) in a skip to promote a scrappage incentive.

Used car scrappage schemes

Neither the Government, nor car manufacturers, will back a used car scrappage scheme anytime soon. Although, they can occasionally be found from independent retailers of cars. These deals are rare though, and you'd do well to find one. They generally work in the same way as a new car scrappage scheme - with the seller offering you money off a used car, in exchange for your current car.

Used car scrappage schemes are pretty much a marketing tool, and aren't all that different to a simple part-exchange deal.

Buying on scrappage: top money-saving tips

Number one priority is to be armed with all the facts. It's worth doing your research and your sums before you trade in a car on a scrappage scheme. Ask yourself this – do you really know what your car is worth? Will you save money by buying a new one and getting rid of the old one? And most importantly, can you make the payments?

If the scrappage value is a guaranteed minimum amount, then get a Parkers Valuation, make sure the dealer offers at least this, and haggle hard if they don't. It's a buyers' market right now. As well as that, you can check in on a car buying service, such as Motorway, and try and sell your car there if the offer is more generous than the dealer's. These are here to help you come to a deal that makes the most financial sense.

Also, most schemes won't allow you to combine the scrappage scheme with any other offers, so it's worth checking whether there are any better offers available if you don't take the manufacturer's scrappage option. For instance, a car manufacturer may be offering 0% finance on a new car. But it won't offer this special APR rate in conjunction with the scrappage scheme.

And finally, can you make the payments? Is your job secure and steady enough, and if not, can you cover the payments should the worst happen? After all, if you don't owe anything on your old car, and it's working well for you, they can't take it off you if you were to lose your job.

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*All deals on this page are indicative examples of some packages available as of 17 April 2020, but are subject to change without prior notice. Everyone's financial circumstances are different and the availability of credit is subject to status. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply. Parkers cannot recommend a deal for you specifically.