2020 new car scrappage scheme in doubt

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
June 29, 2020

Latest reports suggest the UK government is ruling out a car scrappage scheme, where car buyers would have been offered discounts of up to £6000 to scrap old petrol or diesel cars in favour of a new electric or hybrid model.

  • Scrappage scheme plan set to be dropped
  • Discounts of up to £6000 had been mooted
  • Some manufacturers already have scrappage schemes of their own

Plans had been suggested where car buyers would have been offered discounts of up to £6000 to scrap old petrol or diesel cars in favour of a new electric or hybrid model. The aim of the scheme would have been to provide a boost to the economy, help the UK car industry and encourage drivers into cleaner cars.

However, according to Auto Express, a Government spokesperson said there were ‘no current plans’ to change existing incentives or introduce a scrappage scheme.

Reports earlier this month suggested that the Prime Minister was going to announce a scrappage scheme on 6 July.

Currently, consumers can get up to £3000 off the price of a new electric car under the Plug-in car grant.

New car sales down, demand for electrified cars growing

New car sales were down nearly 90% last month (year on year), according to the SMMT. While petrol cars were still the biggest sellers, SMMT figures show that electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars and hybrid cars combined outsold diesels.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “Restarting this market is a crucial first step in driving the recovery of Britain’s critical car manufacturers and supply chain, and to supporting the wider economy.

“Ensuring people have the confidence to invest in the latest vehicles will not only help them get on the move safely, but these new models will also help address some of the environmental challenges the UK faces in the long term.”

Manufacturer scrappage schemes

Some car manufacturers have their own scrappage schemes already in place. Here’s what’s on offer:


With the Citroen Swappage Scheme, you can get a £4,000 scrappage trade-in bonus in addition to the trade-in value of your vehicle towards a new car. The scheme is available to customers who trade in a vehicle first registered in the UK before 1 January 2014. The V5C of the part exchange address needs to match the new vehicle invoice and must have been in the current owners’ possession for a minimum of 90 days.

Model Discount
Citroen C1 £2,750
Citroen C3 £4,000
Citroen C3 Aircross £4,000
Citroen C4 Cactus £4,000
Citroen C5 Aircross £4,000
Citroen Berlingo £4,000
Citroen Spacetourer £4,000


Dacia’s New for Old Scheme means you can get £750 off a new Duster or £250 off a Sandero or Logan MCV. You need to have owned the car you are trading in for three months.

Models Discount
Dacia Sandero £250
Dacia Sandero Stepway £250
Dacia Logan MCV £250
Dacia Duster £750


You can save between £750 and £5000 on a range of Hyundai cars. The car you are trading in must have been registered before 1 July 2012 and you have owned it for more than 90 days.

Model Discount
Hyundai i20 – All Models Except PLAY £2,400
Hyundai i20 PLAY -PLAY Models Only £900
Hyundai i30 – 5 door Tourer and Fastback £3,500
Hyundai i30 N Line: 5 door £2,500
Hyundai i30N – 250PS Models Only £2,000
Hyundai i30N – 275PS Models Only £2,500
Hyundai Ioniq – Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid only £3,000
Hyundai Kona – All Non-electric Models (except PLAY and Premium GT models) £2,500
Hyundai Kona Play – PLAY and Premium GT Models only £2,000
Hyundai Kona Hybrid – All Models £2,000
Hyundai Tucson – All Models Except N Line £4,000
Hyundai Tucson – N Line Models Only £2,500
Santa Fe £5,000


You can save up to £2500 on a new Kia through its scrappage scheme. The car you trade must be in good working order, not identified as an insurance write off category A or B, originally registered on or before 30 June 2013. You must also have owned it for at least three months.

Model Discount
Kia Picanto £2,000
Kia Rio £2,000
Kia Stonic £2,500
Kia Sportage £2,500
Kia Niro Hybrid £2,500
Kia Niro Plug-in £2,500


You can get up to £4000 off the price of a new Mazda, provided it emits less than 161g/km of CO2. The car must be registered before 31 December 2011 and both petrol and diesel cars.

Model Discount
Mazda 2 £3,000
Mazda 3 £3,500
Mazda 6 £3,000
Mazda CX-30 £3,000
Mazda CX-5 £4,000
Mazda MX-5 £3,000


You can get £3,500 off a MG ZS EV or £2000 off a MG3 or a standard MG ZS. It’s applicable to models that are 7 years old or more. Part exchange vehicle must be taxed, in good working order, originally registered on or before 30/06/2013, and owned by the customer for at least three months prior to ordering the new car.

Models Discount
MG3 £2,000
MG ZS £2,000
MG ZS EV £3,500


You can get up to £3000 off the price of a new Renault. The only condition is that you must have owned the car trading in for 90 days.

Zoe £2,250
Clio £750
Megane £1,500
Captur £1,000
Koleos £3,000
Kadjar £3,000
Grand Scenic £1,500


Under its scrappge scheme, you can save up to £4000, depending on the model you buy. For instance, you can expect a £1500 discount on a Yaris Hybrid, £2000 on a C-HR and £4000 on a Supra or Hilux. The scheme lasts until 30 September and is eligible to cars registered before 30 September 2012.

Model Discount
Toyota Aygo £2,000
Toyota Yaris £2,500
Toyota Yaris Hybrid £1,500
Toyota Corolla Hybrid £2,000
Toyota C-HR Hybrid £2,000
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid £2,000
Toyota Prius £2,000
Toyota Camry Hybrid £2,000
Toyota GT86 £2,000
Toyota Land Cruiser £2,000
Supra £4,000
Hilux £4,000
Proace £3,000
Proace Verso £3,000

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