Vauxhall relaunches scrappage scheme: £2,000 off new car 1
“Think you can’t afford a new car? What a load of scrap.” Is the new tagline for Vauxhall dealers as they bring back the popular ‘scrappage scheme’ that was first introduced over five years ago.
Back in 2009 the UK government decided to launch a scrappage scheme to help bring up new car sales during the recession. The offer included all manufacturers and allowed customers to trade-in their car in exchange for £2,000 of a new model. The scheme proved popular and saw thousands of cars old vehicles traded in for new ones. By the time the offer ended in 2010, around 392,000 cars had been scrapped; including many rare and roadworthy vehicles, much to the horror of vintage car enthusiasts.
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills surveyed drivers involved in the original scheme and found that over half of those surveyed wouldn’t have purchased a new car during this time if the offer wasn’t running and a similar amount of people had never owned a brand new car before.
Now, Vauxhall are bringing the £2,000 off scheme back. There’s been a few changes to the requirements and all are for the better. The brand is accepting any make and model, with no upper age limit. The only requirement is that you must have owned the car you wish to trade in for a minimum of 90 days, and be able to provide proof. And of course, you must be happy for your trade-in to be scrapped.
So, if you were hoping to quickly buy a £50 banger and trade it in for a £2,000 credit, you’re sadly mistaken. With the offer only running from the 8th of October to the 15th of December, you don’t have time to cheat the system.
The scheme is available to all Vauxhall passenger cars, excluding the budget VIVA range, the Corsa Sting and Sting R models, and the ADAM JAM. The company is also allowing buyers to get this offer on top of the other deals they currently have, including flexible finance packages and insurance offers. The brand has some great offers for young drivers at the moment, so this extra incentive may sway their decisions.
“Vauxhall’s Scrappage Allowance scheme makes buying a new car even more affordable,” says Vauxhall’s retail sales director Leon Caruso, “even customers who think their current car is only worth a few hundred pounds can now turn it into a £2,000 contribution towards the cost of a new Vauxhall.” It looks like we may see a rise in Vauxhall models on our roads in the coming months, particularly with the tempting extra offers and the availability to businesses. The offer is open to up to 24 units, providing you have 24 cars to be scrapped of course.
The scrappage part of the offer will be carried out by Autogreen, Vauxhall’s official end-of-life partner. And as we saw with the original scheme, it may prove controversial as it’s likely to end with more vintage and rare cars being crushed into cubes.