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2022 scrappage schemes: the complete guide

With car manufacturers still offering scrappage and trade-in schemes in 2022, we explain what each one entails

Scrappage schemes - Ford Focus

‘Scrappage’ schemes were originally introduced in 2009 to encourage new car sales after the financial crisis of the previous year. The UK Government provided a £2,000 incentive to buyers who traded in their old cars for less-polluting, newer models. It certainly resulted in an increase in car sales, with the effect of increasing the proportion of more modern, less polluting cars on the road.

Fast-forward a decade and owners of some of the new cars registered during the 2009 scrappage scheme might now be tempted to scrap those as well. Incentives are now offered by manufacturers and it appears another government-backed scheme isn’t currently planned.

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Car manufacturers are facing increased pressure from consumers and environmental lobby groups alike, following frequent media coverage of car exhaust emissions and the negative press surrounding diesel fuel.

This ultimately lead to the UK government announcing that the sale of non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars would be banned entirely by 2030.

No government plans for new scrappage scheme

It was reported a few years ago that the UK government was considering offering a £6,000 incentive scheme to get more people into electric cars, but this has been officially ruled out. It’s thought this is because of how much it would cost to implement. Such an incentive scheme would likely help to increase car sales in the UK, with the car industry struggling in the past few years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent knock-on effect of the global chip shortage, which is causing long wait times for some models.

The government said it has already invested £2.5bn in electric vehicles and infrastructure, including the £1,500 plug-in car grant (PiCG) scheme, which can be claimed on electric models costing less than £32,000.

While there’s no government-backed scheme, some manufacturers are still offering generous discounts if you want to trade in an older car for a brand-new model.

Kia scrappage scheme

Kia's scrappage scheme applies to the Picanto, Rio, and Stonic models. Buyers will receive a £1,750 scrappage incentive against the Picanto or Rio and £2,250 off the Stonic. This can't be combined with any other offers available or Personal Contract Hire finance schemes, including the brand’s 0% APR finance offers.

According to the terms and conditions laid out by Kia, any car or van of any make is eligible provided it’s taxed, in good working order and originally registered before 30 March 2015. You must have also owned the car for at least three months.

Read more about the Kia scrappage scheme here.

Lexus scrappage scheme

Lexus ES

Lexus is offering £3,500 off the UX, and £4,000 off the ES, new NX, RX and RX L, potentially making it more affordable to switch to Lexus’ hybrid range. Eligible cars and commercial vehicles need to have been registered before 1 October 2012, and you must have been the registered owner for at least six months at the address shown on the V5C registration document. The scrappage scheme can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers but the savings apply to finance as well as cash buyers.

Read more about the Lexus scrappage scheme here.

Renault scrappage scheme

Renault Clio

The Renault ‘New for Old’ Scrappage Scheme offers savings of up to £3,000 on a number of new Renault models, and is valid against all eligible models ordered by 31 March 2022. To qualify for the discount, your trade-in car or van must have been owned for at least 90 days.

You can get £2,250 towards a new ZOE in GT Edition trim, and up to £2,250 towards a new Kadjar. The discount on the Renault’s Clio is £2,000 across the petrol, diesel and hybrid models, while the Captur qualifies for a £2,500 deduction in R.S. Line spec. The range-topping Captur E-Tech Hybrid commands a deduction of up to £3,000, while the E-Tech plug-in hybrid will save you from £2,250. The Megane E-Tech hatchback and Sport Tourer estate, meanwhile, qualify for a £2,250 discount. Renault’s new Arkana SUV is also available on the scheme, with discounts ranging from £1,250 to £1,500 for the E-Tech Hybrid and mild-hybrid models.

To qualify for the Renault Scrappage Scheme, customers’ new cars must have registered for at least 90 days. The scheme can’t be used in conjunction with any other offer but an immediate family member can be the registered owner of the new car.

Read more about the Renault scrappage scheme here.

For more information and car buying advice, read our guide to best new cars to buy now.

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