Car scrappage scheme gets underwayBuyers are urged to push for bigger discounts

18 May 2009

Drivers should push for bigger savings

Drivers should push for bigger savings

The government’s new scrappage incentive scheme starts this week, giving UK motorists the chance to save thousands on brand new cars.

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From Monday, drivers who trade in a car that’s at least ten years old – and meet certain – will get £2,000 towards a new model.

Earlier reports suggested some manufacturers would not be taking part in the scheme because of a row over funding. But a spokesperson for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) told us every major carmaker is now getting involved.

Scrappage discounts

Some dealers started offering scrappage discounts weeks before the scheme’s official start date and, according to the SMMT, they’ve already buoyed the new-car market.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: 'There has been a good response to the scheme ahead of the official start date and industry is confident that this will be translated into additional orders.'

While the official scrappage incentive amounts to £2,000 – split evenly between the government and manufacturers – Which? has found much bigger discounts are available. For example, our latest deals round-up shows buyers can save £3,226 on a , £2,339 on an and £2,216 on the new .

Richard Headland, Which? Car editor said: 'Buyers thinking of claiming the discount available under the scrappage scheme should still push hard for a better deal. This is a subsidy from the government and carmakers, not from the dealership where you're buying the car. The dealership will also have its profit margin - and savvy buyers can haggle for a chunk of this, too.'

'We also recommend you carefully research the value of your old car. If it's worth more than £1,000, you may be better off selling it privately and claiming the "regular" discount available on many new cars.'

For full details of the scheme, including expert advice on buying a new car, read our .


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