2018 Car scrappage deals

Get up to £5,000 for trading in an old motor: the details and deals of current scrappage schemes

Dominic Tobin John Evans Murray Scullion
Oct 17, 2018

Scrappage schemes are proving so popular at the moment, manufacturers keep extending their offers. That means there’s still time to save up to £5,000 on a brand new car by swapping in your old motor with a manufacturer-backed scrappage scheme.

Until the end of year, at least two brands are offering money off to customers who exchange their old and more polluting car, for a cleaner model.

government-backed scrappage scheme isn’t running at the moment, but, there are proposed plans for one coming back. 

Local councils are being urged to reduce air pollution in their areas, and one of the simplest ways to do this is by scrapping older more polluting vehicles, and replacing them with newer and cleaner models.

Derby, Sheffield, and Birmingham councils are all considering the possibility of a scrappage scheme. They would alter from council to council, however, there have been a few ideas proposed which differ to how the scrappage scheme of 2009 worked.

One such proposal would offer drivers of older cars one of three incentives to scrap them: a large discount towards an electric car; a smaller amount of money towards a modern petrol or diesel car; or credits towards public transport and car sharing clubs.

While scrappage incentives seem sensible, there are some key points to consider: 

    • Other new car offers (such as finance incentives) are not always available in combination with scrappage schemes
    • You may pay less by part-exchanging your current car - especially if it's worth more than £2,000
    • Buying a nearly-new car may be cheaper than a scrappage deal

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Your current vehicle will normally need to be more than seven years old, and fail to meet the latest emissions regulations. Scrappage schemes offer a way of escaping future diesel charges, which will be targeted at these older vehicles. 

Only brand new cars are available under scrappage. The discounts can be used to reduce the overall price of a car or as a deposit on a finance agreement.

Read on for our guide to the best-value schemes or click below to jump to the details of each scrappage scheme and the best deals from each manufacturer:

Kia (£2,000-£3,000)

Renault (£1,000-£5,000)

      

Is my car eligible for a scrappage scheme?

Every manufacturer has different scrappage scheme rules, but most schemes are only open to cars that are more than seven years old, and which fail to meet the latest emissions regulations, known as Euro 5 and Euro 6.

This includes most cars that were first registered before January 2011 when the earlier Euro 4 (EU4) regulations were in force. The standard of your car may be on its registration document. If not, the manufacturer will be able to supply it. You'll need to have owned your car for at least 90 days to take advantage of most scrappage schemes, although some require six months of ownership.

nb Offers open to EU4 cars are also available for cars that only meet earlier Euro 1, 2 or 3 emissions regulations. 

You can read more about each manufacturer's scrappage scheme below. It’s worth moving quickly: most schemes will end by 2019.

If your car's not eligible, or you're likely to miss the deadlines, then you can always part-exchange it for a new or used car at any time.

  

What are the best scrappage scheme deals?

There are big differences in the savings offered by scrappage schemes: some are poor value for certain buyers but a great deal for others.

For example, most schemes simply offer a fixed discount towards a new car. If your current vehicle is worth more than the scrappage savings, then you will be better off part-exchanging it. Compare quotes, with discounted prices of new cars and a valuation calculator for your existing vehicle.

We've highlighted some of the best deals below, or you can jump to the details of each manufacturer's scheme. If you need a cheaper option, then search for deals on used and nearly-new cars.     

Best scrappage schemes with the biggest discounts

The biggest scrappage saving is being offered by Renault with £5,000 towards a new Zoe, bringing the price down to £17,920.

Best scrappage deals on the cheapest cars

A £2,000 saving on the new Kia Picanto (above) cuts the cost of the cheapest version to less than £7,500, which is considerably better than the current new car discounts.

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Kia scrappage scheme

Discount available £2,000-£3,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before December 31, 2011
Cars available to buy Niro, Picanto, Stonic
Registration deadline December 31, 2018

Kia wins points for simplicity. If your car was registered before December 31, 2011 and you've owned it for at least three months, then you can benefit from a £2,000 scrappage incentive on a Picanto, £2,500 off a Stonic (above), or £3,000 off the price of a Niro.

Kia is also running its 'Hybrid Challenge' across all of its dealer networks. This allows customers who test drive the Niro Hybrid/Plug-in Hybrid, Optima Plug-in Hybrid or Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid to get £1,000 off the price of a new one.

 

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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage

Renault scrappage scheme

Discount available £1,000 to £5,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Any vehicle registered before 31 December 2011
Cars available to buy Zoe, Clio, Captur, Kadjar, Koleos, Megane, Megane Sport Tourer, Scenic, Grand Scenic, Twingo 
Registration deadline 31 March 2019

Any car or commercial vehicle registered on or before 31 December 2011 is eligible for Renault's scrappage scheme, which offers up to £5,000 off a new car from its range, with the exception of the Twizy, Trafic Passenger, and Megane R.S.

The Koleos SUV, Megane, Megane Sports Tourer, Scenic, and Grand Scenic only attract an incentive of £1,000. However, the little Twingo gets a £1,500 discount, and the Clio and Captur get £2,000 off the list price. The biggest saving is with the electric Zoe, with a £5,000 discount.

The discount is fixed for each model, so you won't get any extra trade-in value for your car, and you won't be able to take advantage of any other discounts or finance incentives, so it's important to check that you wouldn't get a better deal by part-exchanging your existing car for a new one.

Best Renault scrappage deal
Renault Zoe

Save £5,000  List price £22,920  Scrappage price £17,920 (before additional discounts)

Big discounts on city cars are few and far between, so the opportunity to get £5,000 off the small but surprisingly sprightly Zoe represents a decent deal. The Zoe has a official range of 186 miles between charges (expect less in real-world usage) has air conditioning, digital radio plus Bluetooth, and Android Auto. Although you may also get a further discount through BuyaCar, which you can check by clicking 'Apply for scrappage' above. This deal is best value if the car you're trading in is worth very little. 

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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage        

Government car scrappage scheme

The original government car scrappage scheme was launched in April 2009, in the wake of the 2008 global recession.

Designed to revive Britain’s ailing economy by kickstarting sales of new cars, it offered £2,000 off the cost of a brand new car for anyone trading in a vehicle more than ten years’ old, which was then scrapped.

The government put up a total of £400m to support the scheme, which was matched by the car industry. The incentive ended in March 2010, with around 400,000 cars sold. There is no indication that another general government incentive will be launched, but there may be some local diesel scrappage schemes in areas of poor air quality. 

  

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