What is a scrappage scheme?
A scrappage scheme is a plan to encourage car owners to part-exchange their old, and more polluting, car for a new and eco-friendlier one. They do this by offering cash towards the new car when you’re trading the old one.
‘Scrappage’ schemes have been around for a while since they were introduced in the UK in 2009 to encourage new car sales after the financial crisis.
Why are scrappage schemes important?
Scrappage schemes are important because they incentivise people get rid of their older and more polluting cars by trading them in for newer cars, which emit less harmful emissions. This is essential if the UK government wants to meet their goal of bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. On top of this, in November 2020 the British government announced that the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned by 2030.
Is there a government scrappage scheme in 2021?
No, there is no government-backed scrappage scheme in the UK for 2021. However, some car manufacturers are still offering great discounts if you want to trade in your older car for a brand new one. We’ve listed the cars below but these include Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Renault and Toyota.
Is there a diesel scrappage scheme?
At the moment of writing this guide (March 2021) there was no UK-wide, government-backed scrappage scheme for diesel cars.