UK Scrappage Scheme

Scrappage Scheme - Frequently Asked Questions

Is The Scheme Still Operating?
No. It ended in March 2010 although you may still see individual deals from various manufacturers from time to time.

What Old Cars Were Eligible?
The government set out very strict rules for the old car being traded in:
1/ Must be a car or small van not exceeding 3.5 tonnes
2/ Must be registered in United Kingdom on or before 29th Feb 2000 for cars or 28th Feb 2002 for vans
3/ Must be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) or Driver and Vehicle Agency in Northern Ireland (DVA) in your name
4/ Must have been registered to you continuously for 12 calendar months before the order date of the new vehicle
(for bereavement transfers to spouse this is reduced to 6 months)
5/ Must have a UK address on the registration certificate (V5C)
6/ Must have a current MOT test certificate before the date of order for the new vehicle (or within 14 days of expiry at the time of order)
7/ Must have a current tax disc before the date of order for the new vehicle (or within 14 days of expiry at the time of order)
8/ Must be insured when the order for the new vehicle is placed

What Happened To The Old Car?
Either the customer or the car dealer supplying the new car had to have the old car scrapped at an official recycling centre. They then received an official certificate to say it had been scrapped completely and would never be allowed back on the road in any form. This certificate then allowed the dealer to reclaim the £1000 from the government.

What New Cars Were Available To Buy?
Almost any new small car or van. It had to be brand new and first registered to the same person (including same address) as the old vehicle registration details.

How Many Cars Were Sold?
400,000 new cars.

Will It Be Tried Again?
Probably. It was a great success at little overall cost to the government and it introduced a huge number of fuel efficient, low Co2 cars onto our roads.

All information is provided in good faith however human error can occur and therefore
always do your own checks and investigations before proceeding with any advertised offer.