2018 Car scrappage deals

Get up to £5,000 for trading in an old motor: the details and deals of current scrappage schemes

Dominic Tobin John Evans Murray Scullion
Jul 4, 2018

Scrappage schemes are proving so popular at the moment, manufacturers keep extending their offers. That means there’s still time to save up to £5,000 on a brand new car by swapping in your old motor with a manufacturer-backed scrappage scheme.

Until the end of September, at least five brands are offering money off to customers who exchange their old and more polluting car, for a cleaner model. Ford has stopped its deal on cars, but it is still offering money off its commercial vehicles, including the Ranger  pickup.

The Government-backed scrappage scheme isn’t running at the moment, but the schemes listed below will accept old vehicles from any manufacturer, and will offer buyers a fixed discount, regardless of what the old car is worth.

But there are some key points to consider: 

    • Other new car offers (such as finance incentives) are not always available in combination with scrappage schemes
    • You may pay less by part-exchanging your current car - especially if it's worth more than £2,000
    • Buying a nearly-new car may be cheaper than a scrappage deal

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Your current vehicle will normally need to be more than seven years old, and fail to meet the latest emissions regulations. Scrappage schemes offer a way of escaping future diesel charges, which will be targeted at these older vehicles. 

Only brand new cars are available under scrappage. The discounts can be used to reduce the overall price of a car or as a deposit on a finance agreement.

Read on for our guide to the best-value schemes  or click below to jump to the details of each scrappage scheme and the best deals from each manufacturer:

Ford (£2,000)
Hyundai (£1,500 to £5,000*)
Kia (£2,000)
Mazda (£3,000 to £5,000)
Toyota (£1,000 to £4,000)

*Scrappage schemes offering a new car discount plus a trade-in value for your car


Is my car eligible for a scrappage scheme?

Every manufacturer has different scrappage scheme rules but most schemes are only open to cars that are more than seven years old, and which fail to meet the latest emissions regulations, known as Euro 5 and Euro 6.

This includes most cars that were first registered before January 2011 when the earlier Euro 4 (EU4) regulations were in force. The standard of your car may be on its registration document. If not, the manufacturer will be able to supply it. You'll need to have owned your car for at least 90 days to take advantage of most scrappage schemes, although some require six months of ownership.

nb Offers open to EU4 cars are also available for cars that only meet earlier Euro 1, 2 or 3 emissions regulations. 

You can read more about each manufacturer's scrappage scheme below. It’s worth moving quickly: most schemes will end in June - by which time your car will need to have been delivered.

If your car's not eligible, or you're likely to miss the deadlines, then you can always part-exchange it for a new or used car at any time.


What are the best scrappage scheme deals?

There are big differences in the savings offered by scrappage schemes: some are poor value for certain buyers but a great deal for others.

For example, most schemes simply offer a fixed discount towards a new car. If your current vehicle is worth more than the scrappage savings, then you will be better off part-exchanging it. Compare quotes, with discounted prices of new cars and a valuation calculator for your existing vehicle.

That doesn't apply to Hyundai, as it offers the trade-in value of your car, in addition to a scrappage discount, making these schemes more attractive to anyone with an older car that's still worth several thousands of pounds.

We've highlighted some of the best deals below, or you can jump to the details of each manufacturer's scheme. If you need a cheaper option, then search for deals on used and nearly-new cars.


Best scrappage schemes with the biggest discounts

The biggest scrappage saving is being offered by Mazda with £5,000 towards new Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 diesels.

Hyundai isn't far behind with £5,000 towards a new Santa Fe, although this model is much more expensive than the Mazda 3 to begin with.


Best scrappage deals on the cheapest cars

A £2,000 saving on the new Kia Picanto (above) cuts the cost of the cheapest version to less than £7,500, which is considerably better than the current new car discounts.

There's £1,500 off a Toyota Aygo, which doesn't apply to the cheapest version (Aygo x), but reduces the price of the Aygo x-play to £9,005, which is at least £1,000 better non-scrappage savings. 

The starting price of the Mazda 2 is cut to £9,695, thanks to a £3,000 scrappage incentive.

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Scrappage schemes 2018      

Ford scrappage scheme

Discount available £2,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before January 1, 2012
Vehicles available to buy Transit, Tourneo, and Ranger
Registration deadline 30 September 2018

Ford's scrappage scheme for its cars my be over, but you can still save yourself a chunk of cash if you're looking for a commerical vehicle. Ford's offering £2,000 off Transits, Tourneos, and Rangers if you scrap your old vehicle, as long as you've owned it for 90 days and it was registered before 1 January 2012. It should be noted that you don't need to scrap an old van to get a new van either.

However, the allowances are restricted to certain trim levels, so check that the one you want qualifies. 

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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage

Hyundai scrappage scheme

Discount available £1,500 to £5,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before January 2011
Cars available to buy i10, i20, i30, i40, ix20, Tucson, Santa Fe, Ioniq (hybrid only), Kona
Registration deadline September 30, 2018

Hyundai’s scrappage scheme offers an impressive £5,000 discount off the large seven-seat Santa Fe and you'll get your car's trade-in value too - as long as it meets the Euro 4 emissions standard, which was mandatory for cars sold from 2006. Older cars get the discount but no trade-in.

The scrappage incentives are smaller as you go down the range, with £4,000 offered on the new i30 (above) and £1,500 off all versions of the i10 city car. You'll be eligible for a deal if you have a petrol or diesel car that was registered before January 1, 2011. 

Manufacturer discounts aren’t available as part of Hyundai’s scheme, so you should compare any scrappage deal with a new car quote to ensure that you’re not missing out on a better deal.

Best Hyundai scrappage deal
Hyundai i30 1.0 T-GDi SE Nav
Save £4,000  List price £19,805  Scrappage price £15,805 (before additional discounts)

Hyundai’s new i30 is solid, comfortable and spacious. The scrappage incentive is a saving of more than 20%, while the trade-in value of your current car (assuming it qualifies) can be used towards a deposit for finance at 3.9%. Additional discounts may be available through BuyaCar.

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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage   

Kia scrappage scheme

Discount available £2,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before June 30, 2011
Cars available to buy Picanto, Stonic, Rio and Cee'd
Registration deadline September 30, 2018

Kia wins points for simplicity. If your car was registered before June 30, 2011 and you've owned it for at least three months then you can benefit from a £2,000 scrappage incentive on a Picanto, Stonic (above), Rio, or Cee'd.

Kia is also running its 'Hybrid Challenge' across all of its dealer networks. This allows customers who test drive the Niro Hybrid/Plug-in Hybrid, Optima Plug-in Hybrid or Optima Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid to get £1,000 off the price of their new one. and go on to purchase one, will receive £1,000 off the price of their new car.


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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage


Mazda scrappage scheme

Discount available £3,000 to £5,000
Vehicles accepted for trade-in Any car registered before December 31, 2010
Cars available to buy Mazdas with CO2 emissions of under 136g/km 
Registration deadline June 30, 2018

There’s no bad car in Mazda’s range, especially with £4,500-£5,000 off the Mazda 3 family hatchback (above) and a £4,000 saving on the popular CX-3 small crossover

The payment is fixed, no matter which car you trade in (it must have been registered before the end of 2010), so the offer is best for drivers with a car that’s worth very little. If you have a vehicle that’s worth more than £2,000, then you may get a better deal by part-exchanging it, as you’ll get your car’s value, plus the current, non-scrappage savings, which add up to more than £3,000 on a Mazda 3, and the option of 0% finance.

Best Mazda scrappage deal
Mazda 3 1.5d SE Nav
Save £5,000 List price £20,195 Scrappage price £15,195 (before additional discounts)

The biggest Mazda 3 discounts are available on diesel cars (£5,000 compared with petrol models at £4,500), cutting a quarter off the price of the spacious and smooth hatchback. Additional discounts may be available through BuyaCar too.

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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage

Toyota scrappage scheme

Discount available £1,000 to £4,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Any vehicle registered on or before 30 September 2010
Cars available to buy Every Toyota model except for certain entry-level specifications
Registration deadline 30 September, 2018

Any car or commercial vehicle registered on or before 30 September 2010 is eligible for Toyota's scrappage scheme, which offers up to £4,000 off a new car from its range, with the exception of certain entry-level models.

The popular C-HR crossover only attracts an incentive of £1,000, rising to £2,000 for for models including the Aygo city car (above) and Prius hybrid. There's £2,500 off Yaris and RAV4 models, and a £3,000 incentive for the Auris. The maximum £4,000 discount is only available if you buy a brand new Land Cruiser.

The discount is fixed for each model, so you won't get any extra trade-in value for your car, and you won't be able to take advantage of any other discounts or finance incentives, so it's important to check that you wouldn't get a better deal by part-exchanging your existing car for a new one that benefits from other Toyota discounts - for example, Toyota is offering £2,500 off a Rav4 under scrappage, but you can save more under existing Buyacar deals

Best Toyota scrappage deal
Toyota Aygo x-play 3dr

Save £1,500  List price £10,505  Scrappage price £9,005 (before additional discounts)

Big discounts on city cars are few and far between, so the opportunity to get £1,500off the small but bold Aygo (above) represents a decent deal. The Aygo x-play has air conditioning, digital radio plus Bluetooth, and costs from £9,005 with the scrappage discount - you may also get a further discount through BuyaCar, which you can check by clicking 'Apply for scrappage' above. This deal is best value if the car you're trading in is worth very little. If not, you may be better off part-exchanging it for a new Aygo x-play with almost £1,000 off and 0% finance.

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Nearly new & used cars without scrappage        

Government car scrappage scheme

The original government car scrappage scheme was launched in April 2009, in the wake of the 2008 global recession.

Designed to revive Britain’s ailing economy by kickstarting sales of new cars, it offered £2,000 off the cost of a brand new car for anyone trading in a vehicle more than ten years’ old, which was then scrapped.

The government put up a total of £400m to support the scheme, which was matched by the car industry. The incentive ended in March 2010, with around 400,000 cars sold. There is no indication that another general government incentive will be launched, but there may be some local diesel scrappage schemes in areas of poor air quality. 


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