Back in 2009 the government gave car buyers £2,000 to scrap their old car if they bought a shiny new one.

To be eligible for the £2,000 discount on a new car a vehicle had to be over 10 years old, have been owned by the new car buyer for at least a year and have a current MOT certificate. By law all cars traded in under the scrappage scheme had to be crushed, meaning that 395,499 cars met their death in exchange for the discount on a new car.

Several years down the line the government has published a list of machines that met their maker under the scheme. Not only were some best selling models killed off, but a number of classic machines also met a sticky end.


The scrappage scheme saw 395,499 cars end up in the crusher.

Unsurprisingly, the most common car to be scrapped was the Ford Fiesta, which has long been the UK’s best selling car, with a whopping 20,783 models wiped out. Second in line was the Nissan Micra, with 11,808 ending up in the crusher.

Coming in third place is the Vauxhall Corsa with a total of 10,453 being taking off the roads. A further 8,432 Volkswagen Polos were scrapped while 8,066 Vauxhall Astras also went to meet their maker.

While car fans may not shed a tear for these common cars, some much more exotic machines were also killed off. Nearly 100 Citroen 2CVs died in the scheme, as did 362 of Rover’s iconic Mini. Porsches also didn’t escape the cull, with 44 924s scrapped.

A further 460 Volkswagen Golf GTIs were also scrapped while 57 MG Midgets were also killed. Many of these cars were no doubt perfectly serviceable vehicles and not just knackered, polluting bangers.

Did you scrap a quirky older car in exchange for a £2,000 discount on a new car? Let us know in the comments below.

Picture: Citroen

Chris Lloyd


October 6, 2014