2022 Car scrappage schemes: the best deals

You could receive up to £4,000 by making the most of a car scrappage scheme and trading in your old car for a brand new one

Craig Hale
Jan 11, 2022

Scrappage schemes are proving so popular at the moment that manufacturers keep extending their offers. That means there’s still time to save as much as £4,000 on a brand new car by swapping in your old motor with a manufacturer-backed scrappage scheme.

The savings available with a scrappage scheme can be tempting, but they don't always represent the best deal, not least because they are only available with brand new cars. It's worth considering some key points:

  • 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 could yield bigger savings than you get with a scrappage deal

Scrappage schemes offer a way for owners of older and less efficient cars to escape future diesel charges, as you'll be trading in a vehicle that would be subject to emission zone charges in London, Birmingham and potentially other cities, for a car that complies with all of those requirements.

The discounts can be used to reduce the overall price of a brand new car that you pay for in cash, or as a deposit on a finance agreement for a brand new car. Read on for our guide to the best-value schemes or click on any manufacturer's name below to jump to the details of each scrappage scheme and the best deals.

2022 scrappage deals

Is my car eligible for a scrappage scheme?

Every manufacturer has different scrappage scheme rules, but most car scrappage schemes require you to own a car that's many years old, belonging to a less efficient emissions category such as Euro 4. You'll need to have owned your car for a certain amount of time to take advantage of most scrappage schemes, so don't think that you can buy a cheap used car just to take advantage of any schemes.

You can read more about each manufacturer's scrappage scheme below. It’s worth moving quickly: many schemes have already expired and it's likely that these won't last long. 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.

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.

Many manufacturers have stopped offering scrappage schemes. The most recent carmakers to axe their incentives include Hyundai (previously offering up to £5,000 off a choice of 10 cars towards the end of 2021), Mazda (offering up to £4,000 off any of the company's cars) and Toyota (also offering up to £4,000 off its entire range).

Kia Scrappage Scheme 2022

Discount available £1,750-£2,250
Cars accepted for trade-in Any car registered on or before 31 March 2015 that you have owned for at least three months
Registration deadline Purchased between 15 December 2021 and 31 March 2022

Available models

Kia has shortened the list of models it offers in its scrappage scheme, limiting your choice to three of its smallest models. Toward the end of 2021, the scheme also included the Niro and Sportage. The Picanto, Rio and Stonic were also available with larger savings (between £2,000 and £2,500).

KIA BUYERS' GUIDES

Renault New for Old Scheme 2022

Discount available £250-£3,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Cars that you have owned for at least 90 days, or that have a direct relationship to you (parent, spouse, etc)
Registration deadline Order between 1 December 2021 and 31 March 2022, register by 30 June 2022

Available models

Renault offers one of the larger catalogues of new cars under its scrappage scheme, including offers on the new Arkana, the electric Zoe and several new mild hybridhybrid and plug-in hybrid options including the Clio and Captur E-Tech models. Many Renault models are available with a higher financial incentive than this time last year, but some cars like the Megane R.S. have taken a hit.

It's worth considering what other deals Renault might offer, as you may well be able to bag better savings by opting for finance deals instead, so keep an eye out for alternative offers.

RENAULT BUYERS' GUIDES

Lexus Scrappage Scheme 2022

Discount available £3,500-£4,000
Cars accepted for trade-in All cars registered before 14 December 2013 that you have owned for at least six months
Registration deadline Order between 15 December 2021 and 31 March 2022, register by 30 June 2022

Available models

Trading in for a premium Lexus doesn't have to mean parting with lots of money; the scrappage scheme offers generous sums but cars must be almost a decade old to qualify. 

The offer is on the most popular cars in the Lexus range, so doesn't include the sporty RC F or LC, nor does it include the expensive LS saloon.

LEXUS BUYERS' GUIDES

 

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