Your guide to the best 2020 UK scrappage schemes

Published 09 October 2020

If you want a new car, and have an old car to trade-in, the following scrappage deals could save you up to £5000 - with popular models like the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30, Renault Captur and Kia Picanto all available with significant discounts.

In 2009, the Government introduced a scrappage scheme to encourage the sale of new cars by providing a £2000 incentive if you scrapped your old car. The aim was to increase new car sales and get more clean, less polluting cars onto UK roads.

With the increase of car bans in city centres across the UK, and the 2035 ban on the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars, the Government is now looking to introduce an scrappage scheme centred on electric vehicles. But, until then, manufacturers are offering their own schemes.

Whether the car you want to trade in qualifies for a scrappage scheme depends on its age and how long you have owned it. These are the criteria.

Scrappage scheme Must be registered before Owned for minimum of
Citroen 1 January 2014 90 days
Dacia 1 April 2014 90 days
Hyundai 1 July 2012 90 days
Kia 1 July 2013 90 days
Lexus 1 October 2012 6 months
Mazda 31 December 2011 60 days
Renault 31 March 2014 90 days
Toyota 30 September 2012 6 months

How much can you save on a scrappage scheme?

The amount you can save depends on the particular manufacturer scheme and the model you are buying. One of the best savings is £5000 off a new Hyundai Santa Fe. Other big savings include £4000 off a Citroen C4 Cactus and £4000 of a Mazda CX-5.

Check out our full guide to manufacturer scrappage schemes below:

1Citroen

Citroen Scrappage Scheme

The Citroen Swappage Scheme is available to customers who have owned a car for more than 90 days, which was first registered before 1 January 2014. You can save up to £5000 on selected models in the Citroen range.

How much can I save?

Model

Models

Scrappage discount

C1

All

£2750

C3

All

£3500

C3 Aircross

All

£3500

C4 Cactus

All

£4000

C5 Aircross All £3500
Berlingo All £3500
SpaceTourer All £5000

The small print

Reflects customer savings against the manufacturer's recommended OTR price. Available to eligible customers who trade in a qualifying vehicle first registered in the UK before 1 January 2014. The V5C of the part exchange address needs to match the new vehicle invoice & must have been in the current owners' possession for a minimum of 90 days. Citroen Swappage cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Other offers for eligible customers are available. Offer applicable to cars ordered from 1st October – 31st December 2020 and registered by 31st December 2020.

2Dacia

Dacia Scrappage Scheme

The Dacia New for Old scheme offers from up to £750 off a new car. To qualify, vehicles must be ordered by 30 September 2020 and registered by 31 December 2020.

How much can I save?

 

Model

Models

Scrappage discount

Duster

All

£750

Logan MCV

All 

£250

Logan MCV Stepway

All

£250

Sandero All  £250
Sandero Stepway All  £250

The small print

New for Old Scheme available to private retail customers at participating dealers only, when you trade in any passenger or commercial vehicle registered by 31 March 2014. Trade in vehicle must have been registered to the customer for at least 90 days before the order date of the new vehicle. Alternatively, the owner of the vehicle must be able to show a direct relationship (parental, spouse or sibling) with the individual purchasing the new vehicle. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with other national offers. Dacia UK reserves the right to withdraw or amend this offer at any time, without notice. Vehicle must be registered within six calendar months of order date to qualify. 

3Hyundai

Hyundai Scrappage Scheme

The Hyundai Scrappage Scheme offers between £750 and £5000 off a new car. Eligible cars are those registered before 1 July 2012 and have been owned for more than 90 days. These offers are valid until 31 December 2020.

How much can I save?

Model

Derivatives

Saving
i20 All Models Except PLAY £2,400.00
i20 PLAY PLAY Models Only £900.00
i30 5 door Tourer and Fastback £3,500.00
i30 N Line 5 door £2,500.00
i30N 275PS £2,500.00
IONIQ Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid only £3,000.00
Kona All Non-electric Models (except PLAY and Premium GT models)** £2,500.00
Kona Play PLAY and Premium GT Models only £2,000.00
Kona Hybrid All Models £2,000.00
Tucson Tucson 48 volt hybrid diesel £5,000.00
Tucson Tucson Petrol Models £4,000.00
Tucson Tucson N Line Petrol Models £2,500.00
Santa Fe All Models £5,000.00

The small print

These savings are only available to eligible customers who trade in a qualifying passenger car first registered in the UK before 1 July 2012. New Hyundai cars must be registered between 1 October and 31 December 2020. 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. 

4Kia

Kia Scrappage Scheme

The Kia Scrappage Scheme offers up to £2500 off popular models, including the Sportage and Stonic. To qualify, cars must be taxed, of good working order and not be identified as an insurance write-off. They must have been registered before 1 July 2013 and been owned for at last three months.

How much can I save?

Model

Models

Scrappage discount

Picanto

All 

£2000

Rio

All £2000

Stonic

All

£2500

Niro

Hybrid or PHEV

£2500

Sportage All £2500

The small print

Offer available on purchase of a new Picanto, Rio, Stonic, Sportage, Niro Self-Charging Hybrid or Niro Plug-In Hybrid in the United Kingdom between 1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020. Private customers only, excluding Personal Contract Hire. This offer is conditional on the scrappage of a car or van, of any make, in good working order, not identified as an insurance write off category A or B, originally registered on or before 30 June 2013, and owned by the customer for at least three months.

5Lexus

Lexus Scrappage Scheme

Save up to £4000 with the Lexus scrappage scheme when you trade in your vehicle before 15 December 2020. If your vehicle was registered before 1 October 2012 and you have owned it for over six months, you could be eligible.

How much can I save?

Model

Models

Scrappage discount

CT

All

£3500

UX

All

£3500

ES

All

£4000

NX

All

£4000

RX  

£4000

RX L   £4000

The small print

6Mazda

Mazda Scrappage Scheme

The Mazda Scrappage Scheme offers up to £4000 off a new car - as long as it emits less than 161g/km of CO2. To be eligible, your car needs to have been registered on or before 31 December 2011 and owned for 60 days minimum. The offer is open to cars registered before 31 December 2020.

How much can I save?

Model

Models

Scrappage discount

Mazda 2

All under 161g/km CO2 

£3000

Mazda 3

"   "         "            "

£3500

Mazda 6

"   "         "            "

£4000

CX-30 "   "         "            " £3000
CX-5 "   "         "            " £4000
MX-5 "   "         "            " £3000

The small print

Mazda Scrappage Incentive Scheme is available to private customers registering a new Mazda with CO2 emissions up to 160g/km between 1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020, excluding 100th Anniversary Special Edition models and all-new Mazda MX-30. Is conditional on the Scrappage of the part exchange vehicle, of any make, that has been registered to the current keeper for a minimum of 60 days and was first registered on or before 31 December 2011. Vehicles registered under this offer must be registered to the same name or address as the current keeper of the Scrappage vehicle. Retail sales only, subject to availability at participating dealers.

7Renault

Renault Scrappage Scheme

The Renault New for Old scheme offers between £500 and £3000 off a new car. Eligible vehicles must be registered on or before the 31 March 2014 and have been owned for 90 days or more. Offer available on cars ordered before 15 December 2020 and registered by 31 March 2020.

How much can I save?

Model

Models

Scrappage discount

Clio

All

£500

MEGANE Sport Tourer E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid

All

£1250

All-New Captur E-TECH Plug-in Hybrid

All

£1250

All-New CLIO E-TECH Hybrid

All

£1250

Zoe

All

£2,500 across all versions, except GT Line with £3,000

Captur

All

£1000

Megane RS All £750
Megane Hatch and Sport Tourer All £750 petrol, £1000 diesel
Kadjar All £3000
Koleos All £500
Grand Scenic All £1500

The small print

Scrappage offer available to private retail customers at participating dealers only, when you trade in any passenger or LCV vehicle registered before 1 April 2014. Trade in vehicle must be have been registered to the customer for at least 90 days before the order date of the new vehicle. Vehicle must be registered within 90 days of order date to qualify.

8Toyota

Toyota Scrappage Scheme

The Toyota Scrappage Scheme gives you up to £4000 off a new car when you trade-in before 15 December 2020, and register the vehicle by 31 December 2020. To be eligible, your car needs to have been registered on or before 30 September 2012 and been owned for six months minimum.

How much can I save?

ModelAPR RepresentativeCustomer Saving
Aygo 0% £2,000
Corolla 0% £2,000
C-HR 0% £2,000
RAV4 0% £2,000
Prius (Family) 4.9% £2,000
Camry 4.9% £2,000
GT86 4.9% £2,000
Land Cruiser 4.9% £2,000
Supra 0% £4,000
Hilux 0% £4,000
Proace 4.9% £3,000
Proace Verso 4.9% £3,000

The small print

To qualify for the scheme the owner of the trade-in vehicle must be named as the registered keeper and resident at the UK address shown on the Vehicle Registration Document (V5) and have owned the trade-in vehicle for a minimum of 6 months before the new Toyota order date. The new vehicle must be registered in the same name. Offer can be used in conjunction with the Finance APRs but not available with any other customer saving programme or finance deposit allowance. Available to retail customers only.

9ULEZ van scrappage

ULEZ van scrappage

Small businesses in London can still benefit from £3500 towards the cost of replacing diesel vans that don’t meet the new ULEZ emissions standard in 2020. A grant is also available for £6000 off the price of an electric van. Non ULEZ-compliant vehicles are now charged £12.50 on top of the £11.50 daily congestion charge.

Comments

MJJ    on 15 June 2020

The scrappage scheme appears at first glance to be ok,but where do most people have the other £18k to buy a new one. The most I could scrape together is £6k as I have no intention in buying a 2nd hand or new electric car so it will be petrol for me.

With a petrol I can get to Essex where my daughter lives on half a tank of fuel,with an electric car I would have to stop and charge so making my journey time that much longer and I would not be able to have a full size spare wheel in the boot,which I have at the moment.

michael davidson    on 16 June 2020

the government would do far better with our money in getting the infrastructure sorted ,rather than allowing the manufacturers to increase their prices

Justy    on 16 June 2020

The Toyota Yaris Hybrid is excluded !, what is the point, i can get an HIlux and £4000 off though,which must very good for the planet.

Falkirk Bairn    on 11 October 2020

If money is burning a hole in your pocket LOOK for cars where there is a new model and look for a deal on the outgoing model.

The outgoing range may have a special edition model, it may be offered with 30%+ off the list price - a lot better than £3,000-£5,000 off. Manufacturers have different attitudes - some want to clear the decks and discount heavily and market the new model - others will try various different policies - deposit incentives, 0%, payment holidays ................. you have to write down the offers and work out which one suits your use & your budget.

e.g Clearance Volvo S60 petrol, 4 door, 250BHP, auto, leather, lots of toys £25K-£27K - about the same a Ford Focus 1.5 Titanium list at about £28K
The Volvo will be a lot more expensive to insure, fuel & service

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