Car scrappage scheme list: all the 2021 deals and offers

Car scrappage schemes might seem like a relic of the past, but there are some projects still out there. They're no longer government-backed, but they do still offer useful discounts.

Pretty easy to understand too. Drive your old car to a dealership. Get a guaranteed lump sum off a shiny new car.

Scrappage schemes are most beneficial to people with low-value cars who want to buy a new car with cash. There are currently five car makers offering a scheme in the UK right now. The biggest discounts run up to £5,000.

There are caveats, more of which can be read about below. Most will require you to have owned the car for a few months, not weeks. While some manufacturers won't actually scrap the car.

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Scrappage deals

Hyundai

Kia

Lexus

Mazda

Renault

Scrappage scheme eligibility 

Brand Requirements
Hyundai Registered before 1st July 2012. Owned for minimum of 90 days
Kia Registered on or before 31 December 2014. Owned for at least three months
Lexus Registered before 1st October 2012. Owned for more than six months
Mazda Registered on or before 31 December 2011. Owned for minimum of 60 days
Renault Registered for at least 90 days


Hyundai scrappage scheme

Hyundai scrappage scheme

Hats off to Hyundai - it's offering a scrappage discount on nearly its entire range of cars. 

Discounts kick off with up to £3,000 off a Hyundai Tucson or Hyundai Ioniq. Buyers can also get £2,500 off hybrid and plug-in hybrid Hyundai Santa Fe models.

Lower discounts are found on cheaper models. The regular Hyundai i30 comes with up to £2,400 off, the Hyundai i20 with up to £1,850 off, and the Hyundai Kona with up to £1,750 off. Although the Kona N can be had sans £2,500, while the electric Kona only receives a £650 discount.

The cheapest car the manufacturer makes, the Hyundai i10, is available with an £850 discount.

Hyundai's sportiest models, the i30N and i20N are offered with £2,500 and £750 discounts respectively. The company's newest cars, the Hyundai Bayon and Hyundai Ioniq 5 are eligible for £1,500 and £700 off respectively.

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.*

Read more about the Hyundai scrappage scheme here

Kia scrappage scheme

Kia scrappage scheme

Word of warning. Kia's scrappage scheme deals can't be used in conjunction with the company's other finance deals.

So it's worthwhile punching the numbers to see if the cash discount works best for you.

There's a £2,500 discount on a Kia Stonic, while the Kia Picanto and Kia Rio get up to £2,000 off.*

Read more about the Kia scrappage scheme here

Lexus scrappage scheme

Lexus scrappage scheme

Hefty discounts from a premium manufacturer. There's up to £4,000 off a Lexus ESLexus NXLexus RX or Lexus RX L. While the Lexus UX is eligible for a £3,500 discount.

Remember, you need to have owned the car you're scrapping for more than six months.*

Read more about the Lexus scrappage scheme here

Mazda scrappage scheme

Mazda scrappage

There are chunky savings to be made on PCP and HP deals here, but there are a couple of catches.

The new Mazda you're buying does need to have a CO2 emissions rating of sub 161g/km and it can't be used in conjunction with Mazda's 0% APR deals.

A £3,500 discount is given to the Mazda 3, while £3,000 cuts are available for the Mazda CX-5Mazda 6Mazda CX-30, or Mazda MX-5. The Mazda 2 gets up to £2,000 off.

The new electric Mazda MX-30 has recently been added to Mazda's scrappage scheme. It comes with £3,000 off.*

Read more about the Mazda scrappage scheme here

Renault scrappage scheme

Renault scrappage scheme

Renault's 'new for old' scheme offers savings on most of Renault's range.

It's not a straight-forward scrappage scheme, but it's worth including on this list as there's money to be saved. There are different discounts for different trim levels too.

The biggest discount is up to £5,000 off a Renault Zoe. The Renault Megane plug-in hybrid is available with up to £2,250 off. The Renault Captur receives up to a £2,500 discount. There's up to £2,250 off a Renault Kadjar, while the Renault Clio makes do with up to £2,000 off.

Renault's latest model, the Arkana, is eligible for a £1,000 discount.*

Read more about the Renault scrappage scheme

Car scrappage schemes: what you need to know

Ford scrappage scheme

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.

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 £5,000 off the purchase price of a new model, which in turn could dramatically shrink your car finance monthly payments.

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.

Diesel car scrappage scheme

There was no official diesel car scrappage scheme. However, some schemes run by manufacturers are broadly aimed at getting customers out of older diesels (with high levels of nitrogen oxide) and into hybrids and electric cars.

Electric car scrappage scheme

Back in 2020 the hype around a government-backed scrappage scheme was palpable. Speculators professed it would bolster new car sales, and there were even reports that UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, was considering an electric car scrappage scheme that would give drivers up to £6,000 off an electric car if they scrapped their petrol or diesel vehicle. This never came to fruition.

2009 Government Scrappage Scheme

In 2009 the Government introduced a car scrappage scheme after 2008's financial crisis. It gave buyers a £2,000 saving when they scrapped a model aged 10 years or older in exchange for a new car. 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. 

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.

Editor of Parkers, Keith Adams, comments:

'The original scheme vowed to remove all cars part-exchanged on the scheme from the roads by ensuring they were marked as scrapped. All well and good. Except that what transpired was that many of the cars chopped in were still in fine fettle, with years of useful life ahead of them. Others were already considered classic cars, and as such, deprived the industry that supports them with potential new repair and running income.

'Most criminally, the 2009 scrappage scheme saw these cars parked up in airfields across the land and left to moulder. They weren't recycled. They weren't torn down for parts, and worse than that – they weren't even destroyed on environmental grounds. In short, the 2009 scheme removed 390,000 cars off the road without offering the opportunity for them to be reused in any way, shape or form.

'Don't make the same mistakes as before. We must not arbitrarily scrap all the traded-in cars on environmental grounds – many older cars make a minimal impact in terms of pollution, and many drivers still need a supply of older, cheaper secondhand motors to keep them mobile.'

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