Scrappage season gets underway

A raft of car manufacturers have today unveiled new scrappage schemes intended to accelerate the removal of old diesel vehicles from UK roads and replace them with greener models.

Audi has introduced a scrappage scheme for all diesel models registered before 2010, which will subsequently be taken off the road permanently.

When traded in for a new EU6 TFSI petrol, TDI diesel or e-tron plug-in hybrid Audi model customers will receive an exclusive scrappage contribution towards the purchase price of between £2,000 and £8,000 allocated on a sliding scale based on the model category. This replaces any part-exchange value for the vehicle being traded in and is not available in conjunction with any other offers.

The offer is conditional upon the new model being purchased in the same name as the car being scrapped, and on the owner having been the registered keeper of that car for at least six months.

The majority of new Audi models can be exchanged on this new-for-old basis until 31 December.

Nissan is offering customers up to £2,000 plus trade-in value on their old vehicle to ‘switch’ into a 100% electric, zero-emission Nissan LEAF for as little as £100 a month.

The Nissan Switch Scheme gives additional support to owners of cars and LCVs with pre-Euro V engines, to help them replace their vehicle with a zero-emission, 100% electric LEAF, or one of Nissan’s efficient range of new passenger cars.

Valid until 30 September, drivers of eligible vehicles registered before the end of 2009 with a pre-Euro V engine can trade-in their car or LCV at participating Nissan dealerships to receive up to £5,000, plus trade-in value for their current car, off a new Nissan model. Or they can receive up to £2,000 plus vehicle trade-in value off an approved-used Nissan LEAF 24kWh.

Renault’s scheme allows customers to benefit from an allowance of between £3,000 and £7,000, including the scrappage support, towards the purchase of a new Renault car or van. Customers will still benefit from Renault’s customer offers of either 4.9% APR PCP or 0% APR hire purchase along with two years’ free servicing on cars or 0% APR hire purchase with four years’ free servicing on vans.

With the all-electric Renault ZOE, customers already benefit from a £5,000 allowance towards the purchase price.

The scrappage part exchange must be Euro 4 standard or older, have been registered by 31 December 2009 and owned in their name for more than 90 days. Vehicles part exchanged under this scheme will be permanently destroyed.

Seat UK is encouraging the uptake of latest generation, lower-emission new cars, in tandem with the removal of older, Euro 1-4 emissions standards vehicles from the UK car parc, by launching an attractive scrappage scheme.

Owners of any diesel vehicle that complies with pre-Euro 5 emissions legislation qualify for the SEAT scrappage incentive. They are able to trade-in the vehicle to benefit from incentives – ranging from £1,500 to £3,500 – against several new SEAT models if the vehicle is ordered by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle needs to have been owned by the customer for at least six months.

All new SEAT petrol and diesel cars meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, currently the most stringent yet.

Meanwhile, under the terms of the ŠKODA programme all qualifying vehicles will be permanently taken off the road and scrapped.

Owners of any diesel vehicle that complies with pre-Euro 5 emissions legislation, and registered before 2010, qualify for the programme. Incentives range from £1,500 to £4,000 – against the majority of new ŠKODA models, when ordered by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle must have been owned by the customer for at least six months.

All new ŠKODA petrol and diesel cars meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards.

Also, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ scrappage scheme means that owners of diesel vehicles that comply with pre-Euro 5 emissions legislation qualify. They can trade-in their vehicles and benefit from incentives – ranging from £1,000 to £2,000 – against the majority of new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles vans and passenger carriers that they order by 31 December 2017. The trade-in vehicle needs to have been owned by the customer for at least six months. The offer runs in conjunction with existing retail offers.

All new Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles petrol and diesel models meet the latest Euro 6 emissions standards, currently the most stringent yet.