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UK car scrappage schemes 2020 round-up: all the latest deals

The new year sees many major manufacturers opting to continue to offer scrappage schemes for older vehicles. Here's the latest crop

The new year may be the perfect time for you to get hold of a new car – a select number manufacturers have extended their scrappage schemes deep into 2020, meaning that there's still time plenty of time to trade in an old vehicle for something new with a discount. 

The current crop of scrappage schemes appeared on the UK new car market around towards the end of 2017, with manufacturer after manufacturer announcing their own programme. Today, only a handful of big marques remain committed to offering you a discount in return for taking your older car off the road – including Kia, Ford and Mazda. While most of the schemes will see traded-in cars scrapped, some will see newer vehicles brought in by customers sold on again. Toyota even offers a scrappage scheme for non-Toyota owners. 

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The aim of these schemes is to remove the older, more polluting vehicles from the road, though many offers are flexible, and are open to owners of relatively new models – cars registered as late as 2014 qualify for many of the schemes listed here. 

It would be naïve, however, not to consider that the brains behind each scrappage offer hope the incentives will lead to an increase in sales figures too. The UK car market is suffering for a number of reasons, and one likely contributor is the uncertainty over diesel and the overall future of internal combustion cars. Something not helped by the number of big cities announcing bans on petrol and diesel cars set to come into effect over the coming years.

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Market leaders Ford reckon taking all 19 million (estimated) pre-Euro 5 cars off the road in the UK, would reduce CO2 emission by as much as 15 million tonnes per year while also reducing NOx and particulate emissions. Andy Barratt, chairman and MD of Ford of Britain, said: “Removing the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that.” Its scheme is amongst those which promises to crush each vehicle that is traded in.

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To make sure you can understand whether you really are having a positive impact on the environment, rather than just getting a bit of a deal on a new car, we’ve created this summary. Depending on what you are planning to trade in for, the savings available range from £2,000 to £7,000, so read on below to find out whether you can do the environment a favour and get yourself some new wheels.

Biggest savings for scrappage schemes by body style

  • • City car: Kia Picanto – £2,000 
  • • Supermini: Mazda 2 – £3,000 
  • • Family hatch: Citroen C3 – £5,000 
  • • Roadster: Mazda MX-5 - £3,000
  • • Saloon: Mazda 6 – £5,500 
  • • Estate: Hyundai i30 Tourer - £4,000 
  • • MPV: Ford B-MAX - £3,500 
  • • Crossover: Hyundai Tucson – £3,500 
  • • SUV: Hyundai Santa Fe – £5,000 
  • • Small panel van: Ford Courier – £3,650 + VAT 
  • • Medium panel van: Ford Transit Custom – £5,500 + VAT 
  • • Large panel van: Ford Transit – £7,000 + VAT 

Biggest saving for hybrid model

  • • Hybrid: Hyundai IONIQ - £3,000

UK car scrappage scheme round-up

Citroen 

Citroen C3 Aircross - badge
Savings available£5,000 towards brand-new Citroen (non-commercial)
Models availableC3, C4 Cactus, C3 Aircross, C5 Aircross, Berlingo, Spacetourer
Dates RunningNow until 31st March 2020
Important terms and conditionsAvailable on any vehicle registered before the 1 January 2014 that you have owned for at least 90 days. The scrappage scheme offer is not available in conjunction with any other customer saving programme.

Citroen are offering a discount of up to £5,000 across stock retail sales of Citroen vehicles when you trade in for a brand-new model. This offer does not apply to the C1 (where a £3,000 saving is applied). Like most of the deals here, you'll need to have owned the car for at least 90 days before you can make use of this scrappage scheme.  

Ford

Ford Focus ST - Ford badge
Savings available£2,000 to £4,250 (£3,000 to £7,250 for commercials)
Models availableFiesta, Ecosport, Focus, Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy, and Kuga. Commercials: Fiesta, Transit Courier, Customstandard and Ranger.
Dates RunningEnd date undisclosed
Important terms and conditionsAvailable on any vehicle registered before the 1 January 2010 that you have owned for at least 90 days. The scrappage scheme offer is not available in conjunction with any other customer saving programme.

Ford will offer a reduction of between £2,000 and £4,250 on the list price of a new model when trading in your old car, with the S-MAX getting the most discount, and the Fiesta getting the least. Traded in cars must be pre-Euro 5 models registered before 31 December 2009. The scheme started on 1 September and was extended by Ford in to 2018. Every car traded in will be crushed.

Hyundai

Hyundai i30 N - Hyundai badge
Savings available£750 to £5,000
Models availablei10, i20, i30, Kona, Tuscon, Santa Fe, and hybrid Ioniq
Dates RunningNow until 31st March 2020
Important terms and conditionsOffers available on petrol and diesel cars registered before 1 July 2012 that you have owned for more than 90 days. Vehicles with engines meeting Euro 1 - 3 emission standards will be scrapped, those meeting Euro 4 – 5 standards can be traded in. The incentive cannot be used in conjunction with any other national Hyundai offers, and customers have to be 18 or over.

Drivers trading in their old Euro 1 to Euro 5 petrol or diesel vehicles can benefit from discounts of up to £5,000 on a new Hyundai. Euro 1 to Euro 3 models will be scrapped, while Euro 4 – 5 vehicles will be sold on by dealers. The biggest savings are to be made on a new Santa Fe, with £5,000 off the list price. Buyers opting for smaller models like the i10 will still benefit from up to a £2,000 bonus. The offer runs until 1 March 2020.

Kia

Triple test – Kia Picanto - Kia badge
Savings available£2,000 to £2,500
Models availablePicanto, Sportage, Niro and Stonic
Dates RunningNow until 31 March 2020
Important terms and conditionsAvailable on any car registered before 31st March 2013, however, the saving cannot be used in conjunction of any other offer. 

Kia is offering up to £2,500 to drivers trading in their old car for a new Sportage, PicantoRio, Niro PHEV, Niro self-charging hybrid or Stonic. The scheme is available at Kia dealers across the UK and has been extended to run until 31st March 2020. Cars traded in must have been registered before 31st March 2013, and the fee is in lieu of other Kia incentives offered. The deal requires no special measures by owners; as long as the owner details of the old vehicle match that of the new vehicle, the discount is guaranteed. All vehicles traded in will be scrapped through regulated sites.

Mazda 

Mazda CX-3 - Mazda badge
Savings available£3,000 to £4,000
Models available2, 3, 6CX-30, CX-5 and MX-5
Dates RunningNow until 31 March 2020
Important terms and conditionsEligible cars must be registered on or before 31 December 2011 and can be either petrol or diesel. Trade-ins must have been registered to the current owner for at least 60 days, and the savings are not available with any other offer.

Mazda’s scrappage scheme offers owners who trade in cars registered before 31 December 2011 up to £5,000 towards a new sub-144g/km Mazda. The scheme runs until the end of March 2020 and replaces other offers by Mazda unless otherwise specified by the dealer. Drivers who opt for sub 144g/km models like the 2 will receive a scrappage saving of £3,000 towards their new car, while those who trade in for larger CX-5 with SKYACTIV-G petrol engines receive £4,000. The car must be registered to the owner for at least 60 days before it can be scrapped.

Renault

Used Renault Clio - Renault badge
Savings available£1,000 to £3,000
Models availableClio, ZOE, Kadjar, Captur (first and second generation), Grand Scenic, Koleos, and Megane
Dates RunningNow until 31st March 2020
Important terms and conditionsTrade-in vehicles must be registered on or before 31st March 2014 and registered to you for more than 90 days. The scrappage scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 

Renault offers its scrappage scheme to owners of passenger and/or commercial vehicles registered by 31 March 2014. The usual 90 days of ownership rule also applies here. The amount you could be discounted on a ZOE and Kadjar is £3,000 with the old Captur at £2,000 and the rest of the available cars at £1,000. This scheme can also apply to relatives of the owner wanting to trade in their vehicle.

Toyota

Toyota Prius AWD - badge
Savings available£2,000 to £2,500
Models availableAygo, Yaris
Dates RunningNow until 31st March 2020
Important terms and conditionsTrade-in vehicles must be registered on or before 31st March 2012 and registered to you for more than six months, you don't need to own a Toyota. The scrappage scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 

Owners of vehicles older than seven years that they’ve had for at least six months qualify for Toyota’s scrappage scheme. The offer is available for all cars and light commercial vehicles. Trade-in applies to Aygo and Yaris, excluding base-spec Active, X and hybrid vehicles. The scheme runs until 31 March 2020.

Vauxhall

Used Vauxhall Adam - Vauxhall badge
Savings available£4,000 to £5,300 
Models availableCrossland X or Grandland X
Dates RunningNow until 2 April 2020
Important terms and conditionsTrade-in vehicles must be registered for at least seven years prior to trade-in and also registered to you for more than 90 days. The scrappage scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. 

While Vauxhall's scrappge scheme only applies to the Crossland X and Grandland X, there are savings of £4,000 to £5,300 available when you trade in your car. Petrol versions of the Crossland X can return £4,000, diesel £4,400 (inclusive of VAT). Grandland X petrols offer £5,000 and diesels £5,300 (inclusive of VAT). In order to make use of Vauxhall's scheme, customers must opt to purchase their new car through a personal contract purchase or conditional sale.  

Will you be taking advantage of these extra savings? Let us know in the comments below.

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