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Wheels: 2020 scrappage schemes — the complete guide

‘SCRAPPAGE’ reappeared in 2017 — a word previously encountered in car showrooms during 2009. That was the year the government introduced a scrappage scheme to encourage the sale of new cars by providing a £2,000 incentive if you scrapped your old car.

It certainly resulted in an increase in car sales, with the theoretical effect of increasing the proportion of more modern, less polluting cars on the road.

Fast-forward a decade and owners of some of the new cars registered during the 2009 scrappage scheme might now be tempted to scrap those as well.

This is in light of car manufacturers facing increased pressure from the buying public and environmental lobby groups alike, following frequent media coverage of car exhaust emissions and the negative press surrounding diesel fuel.

This ultimately lead to the government announcing that the sale of non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars would be banned entirely by 2040.

The result has seen carmakers offer cash incentives to encourage motorists to scrap their older cars in favour of the latest, less polluting models. While some of the biggest incentives are offered against plug-in hybrid models with very low official CO2 emissions figures, big discounts are also being offered on petrol and diesel cars of all kinds if your older car is permanently taken off the road.

Many of the UK’s most popular brands are offering a scrappage scheme of some kind, but what kind of deal can buyers expect? This guide takes you through every 2020 scrappage scheme, outlining whether your own car qualifies for a scrappage incentive, and exactly how much discount you’ll receive.

Citroen scrappage scheme

Citroen’s Swappage scheme offers customer savings of up to £5,000 on its C3 and C4 Cactus hatchback models, its C3 Aircross and C5 Aircross SUVs, and its spacious Berlingo and SpaceTourer models. The C1 supermini is eligible for a £3,000 saving.

Cars traded in must be registered before 1 January 2014 and owned for at least 90 days. To benefit from the scheme, new Citroen models must be ordered by 31 March 2020. If you’re looking to take advantage, you’ll need to be the registered keeper of the car you’re trading in.

Ford scrappage scheme

This winter, Ford is giving discounts of at least £2,000 when you trade in your old vehicle. You can take advantage of this offer on selected models across most of Ford’s car and commercial vehicle range. There’s a saving of £2,000 on the Fiesta, EcoSport, Focus, Kuga and Mondeo, and savings of £4,000 or more on the S-MAX and Galaxy.

However, the offer isn’t available on any Zetec or ST models, nor the new Fiesta Trend. The car you’re trading in must have been registered before January 2014, you need to have owned it for at least 90 days and you’ll need a contract for a new car before the end of March 2020.

Ford’s commercial vehicle arm is offering a scrappage scheme too — small businesses can save between £2,000 and £7,250 (excluding VAT) on any new Ford van or pickup besides the Transit Connect and Ranger Raptor.

Hyundai scrappage scheme

The incentives offered via Hyundai’s ‘Scrappage and Emission Reduction Scheme’ vary across models in the company’s range. The offer extends from a discount of £750 against the i10 supermini (in Play trim) to a £5,000 discount on the Santa Fe. Some offers are trim-dependent; for example, the i20 has savings of up to £2,400, unless you choose the Play model, which only saves you £1,000.

The scheme is advertised as the Hyundai Scrappage and Emission Reduction Scheme, but the fuel-efficient Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid only qualify for a £3,000 discount. This is lower than that offered to buyers of models in the SUV range; for example, Santa Fe buyers save £5,000 and Tucson buyers save £4,000. The Hyundai Kona Electric and Ioniq Electric are excluded from the scheme.

To qualify, trade-in cars must comply with Euro 1, 2 or 3 emissions regulations, have been registered on or before 1 July 2012, and have been in the buyer’s name for more than 90 days. Hyundai says all Euro 1, 2 and 3 cars traded in under the scheme will be scrapped, while Euro 4 and 5 cars may be sold on like conventional trade-ins. To be eligible, your new car must be registered by 31 March 2020.

Kia scrappage scheme

Kia’s scrappage scheme applies to the Picanto, Rio, Stonic, Niro hybrid, Niro PHEV and Sportage models. Buyers will receive a £2,000 scrappage incentive against the Picanto or Rio and £2,500 off the other four models. This can’t be combined with any other offers available or Personal Contract Hire finance schemes.

According to the terms and conditions laid out by Kia, any car or van of any make is eligible provided it’s taxed, in good working order and originally registered before 31 March 2013. You must have owned the car for at least three months, too.

This scrappage deal is available until 31 March 2020.

Mazda scrappage scheme

The Mazda scrappage scheme focuses on CO2 emissions. Applying only to new Mazda models that emit 144g/km of CO2 or less, buyers can receive a £3,000 subsidy against a Mazda2, Mazda6, MX-5 and the new CX-30, £3,500 against the new Mazda3 and £4,000 against a CX-5. Any model that produces more than that amount of CO2 is exempt from the savings.

Participating trade-in cars must have been registered no later than 31 December 2011 and must have been in your name for at least 60 days. Trade-in vehicles will be responsibly recycled by Mazda’s scrappage partner, CarTakeBack, with 95 per cent of components saved from landfill. The scheme applies to new Mazda models registered by 31 March 2020.

Renault scrappage scheme

The Renault ‘New for Old’ Scrappage Scheme offers savings of up to £6,500 on a number of new Renault models. To be eligible for the discount, your trade-in car or van must have been registered on or before 31 December 2011 and owned for at least 90 days.

The eligible new Renault models are as follows, sorted in descending order of discount: Trafic Passenger (£6,500); Kadjar and Zoe (£3,000); Clio and Captur (£2,000); Twingo (£1,500); Megane/Megane Sport Tourer, Koleos and Scenic/Grand Scenic (£1,000).

Customers using the Renault Scrappage Scheme must be ordered by 31 January 2020 and have registered their new vehicle by 30 June 2020. The scheme can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer but an immediate family member can be the registered owner of the new car.

Toyota scrappage scheme

Toyota’s ‘Scrap Old, Drive New’ scrappage scheme offers savings of £2,000 on new Toyota Aygo models (besides entry-level X) and £2,500 on Yaris models (excluding Yaris Active and Hybrid), in conjunction with a 0 per cent APR finance offer on selected versions.

Toyota offers representative examples of savings on its website. With the respective discounts, a Toyota Aygo x-trend can be had for £129 per month with a £1,000 deposit on a 48-month PCP finance deal, while you can drive away in a Yaris Y20 for £169 per month after a £2,434 deposit on a 42-month term.

Cars traded in must be registered before 31 March 2012 and owned for over six months. To benefit from the scheme, new Toyota models must be ordered by 31 March 2020 and financed and registered by 30 June 2020. If you’re looking to take advantage, you’ll need to be the registered keeper of the car you’re trading in.

Vauxhall scrappage scheme

Vauxhall is currently offering its ‘Trade IT’ deal, saving buyers up to £4,000 on a new Crossland X or up to £5,000 on a new Grandland X (excluding the plug-in hybrid model) when they scrap or part-exchange their current car.

For both the scrappage and part-exchange offers, the vehicle you’re trading in needs to be registered to you, for at least 90 days. The offers are only available on PCP finance deals with 4.9 per cent APR, and you’ll need to order the new car by 2 April 2020.

ULEZ diesel van scrappage scheme

Small businesses in London can still benefit from £3,500 towards the cost of replacing diesel vans that don’t meet the new ULEZ emissions standard in 2020. A grant is also available for £6,000 off the price of an electric van. Non ULEZ-compliant vehicles are now charged £12.50 on top of the £11.50 daily congestion charge.

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