2021 Car scrappage schemes: the best deals

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

BuyaCar team
May 18, 2021

Scrappage schemes are proving so popular at the moment that manufacturers keep extending their offers. That means there’s still time to save us much as £5,000 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 may be cheaper than a scrappage deal

Scrappage schemes offer a way for owners of older, 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 is exempt.

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.

2021 scrappage deals

Is my car eligible for a scrappage scheme?

Every manufacturer has different scrappage scheme rules, but most schemes require you to own a car that's many years old, belonging to a less efficient category. 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.

Hyundai Scrappage and Emission Reduction Scheme

Discount available £850-£5,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Any car registered before 1 July 2012 that you have owned for at least 90 days.
Registration deadline 30 June 2021

Available models

There's a big selection of Hyundai models available here, and with decent savings of up to £5,000 on offer, a scrappage deal might well be your best option.

Electric versions of the Kona and Ioniq were previously unavailable in the Hyundai Scrappage and Emission Reduction Scheme, but these have now been added, albeit for a smaller discount than their hybrid counterparts.

HYUNDAI BUYERS' GUIDES

Kia Scrappage Scheme

Discount available £2,000-£2,500
Cars accepted for trade-in Any car registered on or before 30 June 2014 that you have owned for at least three months
Registration deadline 30 June 2021

Available models

Another strong selection of models available here, including by far the most popular car in the Kia range - the Sportage.

Unlike Hyundai, electric versions of the Niro are not included here; however, you could find yourself purchasing a Picanto for less than £10,000. New cars rarely get below that magic number nowadays, so it looks to be an enticing proposition.

KIA BUYERS' GUIDES

Mazda Scrappage Scheme

Discount available £2,000-£4,000 on cars producing 160g/km CO2 or less
Cars accepted for trade-in All cars registered before 31 December 2011
Registration deadline 30 June 2021

Available models

Mazda is offering scrappage deals on all its new cars that produce less than 161g/km of CO2 emissions. So while you won't be able to bag a discount on the most powerful engines for the likes of the MX-5, there are still some excellent models on offer here from Mazda's latest-generation range, including the affordable MX-30 electric crossover.

MAZDA BUYERS' GUIDES

Renault New for Old Scheme

Discount available £1,000-£3,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Cars that you have owned for at least 90 days
Registration deadline Order by 30 June 2021, register by 30 September 2021

Available models

Renault offers one of the larger catalogues of new cars under its scrappage scheme, including offers on the new electric Zoe and several new hybrid and plug-in hybrid options including the Clio and Captur E-Tech models.

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

Toyota Scrappage Scheme

Discount available £2,000-£4,000
Cars accepted for trade-in All cars registered on or before 30 June 2013 that you have owned for at least six months
Registration deadline Order by 30 June 2021, register by 30 September 2021

Available models

Toyota have also made it possible for you to swap your car for a small van or pick-up and vice-versa, so there's more scope for flexibility than you get with other manufacturers.

The savings are good, too: £2,000 off the price of a Aygo could see you spending around £11,000 for a brand new car, which is a rare concept in 2021. The breadth of models on offer is also strong, with efficient hybrids and practical SUVs, while you could instead opt to save on the all-new Supra. 

TOYOTA BUYERS' GUIDES

Lexus Scrappage Scheme

Discount available £3,500-£4,000
Cars accepted for trade-in All cars registered before 1 October 2012 that you have owned for at least six months
Registration deadline Order by 30 June 2021, register by 30 September 2021

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 most of the range, but doesn't include the sporty RC F or LC, nor does it include the expensive LS saloon.

LEXUS BUYERS' GUIDES

 

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