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11 of the best car scrappage schemes: Ford, Audi, Vauxhall, BMW and more

Many manufacturers in the UK are now offering car scrappage schemes. But what are they – and how much can you save?

By Paul Connolly

Car scrappage schemes may seem like all the rage, but there’s a serious side to them.

The manufacturers say it’s all about taking the oldest and most polluting diesel cars and vans off our roads.

This is serious stuff: up to 30,000 people are believed to die in the UK each year from conditions linked to noxious fumes, especially particulates and nitrogen dioxide, in our air.  Dirty diesel cars and vans account for a good proportion of the killer emissions.

But scrappage schemes don’t just impact on human health, they can help lighten the load on wallets, too. And, of course, it’s a sales opportunity for manufacturers.

Most firms are offering at least £2,000 towards a brand new car, and with additional savings in some schemes this could add up to as much as £10,000.

Helpfully, with many schemes you can trade in any model that meets the criteria, it doesn’t have to actually be the manufacturer’s own ones.

But as always, there may be hidden catches, with the main one being that the biggest savings are always to be made on the most expensive vehicles.

Check your car’s log book for its age and how it conforms to Euro emissions standards.

The newest diesel cars are what is known as Euro 5 and Euro 6 compliant and they emit far less noxious fumes than older cars.

Anything from Euro 1 – 4 usually qualifies for scrappage schemes (very roughly up to the end of 2009 but it depends). Check with your dealer if you’re unsure.

Here are 11 of the most interesting scrappage schemes:

Ford

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Ford’s scheme scheme extends to non-Ford and petrol vehicles and offers up to £7,000 off the price of a new Ford car or van in return for certain older vehicles.

Ford’s offer is open to all cars registered before 31 December 2009. It offers £2,000 off applicable trade-ins, plus up to an extra £5,000 customer saving depending on model.

The Ford scrappage program will run to the end of the year and is effective for registrations from September 1st to December 31st 2017.

Vauxhall

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Vauxhall’s scrappage programme is available for a limited time, while stocks last.

The programme allows customers to turn in their old vehicle (it doesn’t have to be a Vauxhall) in exchange for £2,000 towards the cost of a new model from Vauxhall’s range.

Drivers can choose from ADAM, Corsa, Meriva, Astra and Mokka X models.

It can be combined with certain other offers. For example, you can get up to £4,400 support towards a brand new Mokka X SUV, including the £2,000 for scrapping your vehicle.

Audi

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The scheme applies to owners who trade in their old Euro 1 – 4 diesels that were registered before 2010.

A scrappage contribution of between £2,000 and £8,000 can be made towards the cost of a new Audi.

Discounts are offered on a sliding scale – you won’t be surprised to learn that the smaller/less expensive models get smaller contributions.

So a new Audi A1 might receive a £2,800 contribution, but a top of the range Q7 SUV would attract £8,000.

Hyundai

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Hyundai is offering up to £5,000 off the price of a new model for certain types of cars.

These are vehicles with Euro 1-4 emissions standard, cars which were registered before 31 December 2009.

Regardless of make or model, Hyundai will offer owners the opportunity to scrap or trade in their old car for a brand-new Hyundai, with a range of four-figure incentives available across the line-up.

The maximum discount is £5,000 off the price of a Sante Fe, with £3,500 off the Tucson, £4,000 off the i30, £3,000 off the i40, and £2,000 for the IONIQ Hybrid, i20 and ix20.

The popular i10 city car will also benefit from £1,500 saving.

Nissan

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Nissan calls it scrappage offer the Switch scheme, and runs for 1 – 30 September.

Owners of cars and vans with Euro 1 – 4 engines comply, and Nissan is offering up to £2,000 in addition to the trade-in value and existing discounts on its new vehicles.

The manufacturer says it’s possible to get up to £5k off, for example, a new X-Trail.

Volkswagen

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VW’s UK scrappage scheme runs until the end of 2017 and also applies to Euro 4 or older diesels.

You can get up to £6,000 towards a shiny new Volkswagen.

Examples include up to £1,800 off a new Up! citycar, and £6,000 for one of the larger cars like the CC.

This means if you trade in a smoky old diesel for a new all-electric car like the e-Golf, you could save £10k when the government grant is added in. Nice!

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Renault

The French manufacturer will offer contributions for vehicles owned by the current keeper for at least 90 days.

You get a flat scrappage fee on top of existing discounts, which means up to £7k can be saved on new vans.

Trading in an old diesel for a new Kadjar SUV should yield savings of circa £5,200.

Toyota

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If you have a vehicle older than seven years, and you’ve owned it for at least six months, you’ll qualify for Toyota’s scrappage scheme, which closes at the end of December.

Again, a sliding scale applies. Examples of savings include ££1,000 on a C-HR model, £2,000 on a Prius and £3,500 on a RAV4 crossover.

If you go all the way and plump for a Land Cruiser, you would be given a £4,000 contribution.

Seat

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Running until the end of the year, Seat’s scheme applies to Euro 1-4 diesels.

Those trading in their old vehicles can avail of up to £3,500 off a new Seat.

The offer can’t be used alongside already-existing discounts.

If you trade in your old car for a Mii city car, for example, you could receive £1,500 off. For a Seat Leon, you’d receive up to £3,500.

Kia

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The Korean manufacturer is offering a £2,000 contribution for cars over seven years old traded in for a new Picanto or Rio.

The contribution is in lieu of any other discounts that the company may be offering on the cars.

There are however no restrictions, e.g. how long the car has been owned. The only stipulation is that the name on the old car logbook matches the new one.

Skoda

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Again, applies to Euro 1-4 diesels.  Contributions of up to £4,000 are up for grabs.

New cars need to be ordered by New Years’ Eve 2017,  and the usual sliding scale of small to large applies.

So, for example, you could get £1,500 off a new Citigo city car, £3,000 off an Octavia, and £up to £4,000 off a Superb.

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