2019 Car scrappage schemes: the best deals

Get up to £5,500 for trading in an old motor: the details and deals of current scrappage schemes

BuyaCar team
Apr 3, 2019

Scrappage schemes are proving so popular at the moment, manufacturers keep extending their offers. That means there’s still time to save up to £5,500 on a brand new car by swapping in your old motor with a manufacturer-backed scrappage scheme.

Five brands are currently offering money off to customers who exchange their old and more polluting car, for a cleaner model. To be eligible, you'll need a car that's at least seven years old, and which you've owned for at least three months. The majority of offers are due to finish at the end of June, by which time, your new car will need to be registered and on the road.

As well as manufacturer schemes, there are also plans for a London scrappage scheme, likely to be restricted to certain residents who will face charges under the new ultra low emission zone (ULEZ).

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

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Scrappage schemes offer a way for owners of older diesel 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.


2019 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 at least seven years old (nine in some cases).

You'll need to have owned your car for a certain amount of time (typically 90 days) to take advantage of most scrappage schemes, although some require six months of ownership.

You can read more about each manufacturer's scrappage scheme below. It’s worth moving quickly: most schemes are due to end by the summer.

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.

Biggest scrappage scheme discounts

Mazda is the manufacturer offering the biggest discounts, with savings of up to £5,500 available.

You can save up to £4,000 on a Hyundai and £3,000 on a Renault.

  • Mazda 6
    A £5,500 saving brings the cost of the entry-level car down to £18,095.
  • Mazda CX-5 (shown above)
    Some diesel CX-5 models are available from £23,300, saving £4,000.
  • Hyundai i30
    A £4,000 discount cuts the starting price of the i30 Hatchback to £13,130.
  • Renault Kadjar
    £3,000 is the biggest Renault discount, making an electric Zoe £18,220.

Scrappage deals on the cheapest cars

Scrappage savings on small cars may not appear particularly impressive.

They still represent a substantial saving because the starting price is low in the first place.

  • Hyundai i10
    The i10 starts at £7,200 with a £2,000 scrappage saving.
  • Toyota Aygo (shown above)
    Save £2,000 & cut the starting price to £7,295; some models offer 0% finance. 
  • Kia Picanto
    The Picanto costs from £7,895 with a £2,000 scrappage discount.
  • Mazda 2
    A £3,000 saving cuts the entry-level cost of the Mazda 2 to £11,795

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Hyundai scrappage scheme

Discount available £1,575-£4,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles on the road (registered) before October 1, 2011
Cars available to buy i10, i20, ix20, i30, i40, Ioniq*, Kona*, Tucson, Santa Fe  *excludes pure electric versions
Registration deadline June 30, 2019

Virtually all of Hyundai's range is available with some sort of scrappage discount. Savings range from £1,575 on the popular Kona (pictured) and £1,800 on the i20 and ix20, to £4,000 for the i30 hatchback.

None of Hyundai's electric models are included in the offer, so the Kona Electric is excluded, along with the electric version of the Ioniq) hybrid Ioniq models qualify for a £1,800 discount).

The scrappage offers aren't available in conjunction with other discounts and incentives. As Hyundai is currently offering finance deposit contributions and 0% finance on some models, it's well worth comparing the cost of buying a car under the scrappage scheme, with the amount that you'd pay by part-exchanging your vehicle and benefitting from other discounts.

You will need to have owned your current car for at least 90 days, and this vehicle must have been registered before October 1, 2011.

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Kia scrappage scheme

Discount available £2,000-£2,500
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before March 31, 2012
Cars available to buy Picanto, Stonic, Venga, Sportage
Registration deadline June 30, 2019

There are four Kia models that benefit from a scrappage discount. The Picanto is available with £2,000 off, which brings the price of the entry-level car down to £7,895. There's £2,500 off the Venga small people carrier, along with the Stonic and Sportage (pictured)  crossover cars.

The savings can't be combined with every other Kia offer, so you should compare prices to see whether you could get a better deal by part-exchanging your existing vehicle.

The car you're scrapping will need to have been on the road before March 31, 2012 and to have been owned by you for at least three months before ordering.

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Mazda scrappage scheme

MX-5 Exterior

Discount available £3,000-£5,550
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before December 31, 2010
Cars available to buy 2, 6, CX-3, CX-5, MX-5
Registration deadline June 30, 2019

Mazda's scrappage scheme is the most generous that's currently available, with up to £5,500 off a Mazda 6 saloon, £4,000 off a CX-5 SUV, or a £3,000 discount on a Mazda 2, CX-3 or MX-5 (pictured).

All are being offered with finance from 4.9% APR on agreements of up to four years.

The new Mazda 3 isn't part of the scrappage scheme, and neither are any models that emit more than 144g/km of carbon dioxide, which excludes all petrol versions of the CX-5.

To be eligible, you'll need to have a car that was first registered on or before December 31, 2010 and to have owned it for at least 60 days.

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Renault scrappage scheme

Discount available £1,000-£3,000
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before March 31, 2012
Cars available to buy Zoe, Clio, Captur, Kadjar, Koleos, Megane, Scenic, Twingo
Registration deadline n/a

Renault's headline £3,000 scrappage discount is only available on the Kadjar crossover and Zoe electric car (pictured). It's a good offer, but then so are Renault's other promotions on both cars, which offer finance deposit contributions and low interest rates, which aren't always available in conjunction with scrappage.

You'll need to make sure that you're not throwing away a better deal by choosing the scrappage option.

It's the same case for Renault's other scrappage discounts: there's £2,000 off the Clio and Captur, £1,500 off remaining stocks of the discontinued Twingo, and a saving of £1,000 on the Koleos, Megane and Scenic.

To be eligible, you'll need a vehicle that was on the road before March 31, 2012 and to have owned it for at least 90 days.

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Toyota scrappage scheme

Discount available £2,000-£2,500
Cars accepted for trade-in Vehicles registered before July 1, 2011
Cars available to buy Aygo, Yaris (except hybrid)
Registration deadline June 30, 2019

Toyota has slimmed down its current scrappage scheme, offering £2,000 off its smallest cars: the Aygo (pictured) and Yaris. Some models are also available with 0% APR finance too, helping to cut monthly payments. You can use the scrappage allowance as a deposit, so there's no need to find any additional money at the start.

Even without finance, the discounts make the cars look extremely cheap, with the entry-level Aygo city car currently starting at £7,295 when the saving is applied. The larger Yaris starts at £10,995, but the more expensive hybrid version isn't available with the scrappage scheme.

The car that you trade in will need to have been on the road before July 1, 2011 and you'll need to have owned it for a full six months before you're eligible. 

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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 will be a London scrappage scheme launched later this year.

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