Scrappage numbers down on 2022

New data from Autocar has revealed that 798,363 passenger cars and LCVs were scrapped between January to October in the UK, with the Ford Focus the most scrapped model.

Its data, based on a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA, found that 42,637 Ford Focus cars were scrapped in the first 10 months of the year, followed by the Vauxhall Astra and Vauxhall Corsa, with 35,578 and 34,405 respectively.

The 798,363 cars and LCVs scrapped equates to 79,836 per month or 2,626 vehicles every day and is lower than the 857,107 cars and LCVs scrapped during the same period last month.

In comparison, 1,889,758 new cars and LCVs were registered during the same period.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw said: “It is telling that nearly 60,000 fewer cars and vans were scrapped in 2023 than during the same period in 2022. The rising cost of living is likely to be a factor, prompting motorists to hold on to their vehicles for longer – a situation not helped by uncertainty among consumers over making the switch to electric.”