Classic car fans angry as Vauxhall restarts scrappage scheme 0

Classic-car-fans-angry-as-Vauxhall-restarts-scrappage-schemeClassic car fans have taken angrily to social media after a picture emerged of an Austin Maestro abandoned in a skip outside a Suffolk dealership.

The stunt was part of an advertising promotion for Vauxhall’s latest scrappage scheme, similar to the one introduced by the government in 2009.

The original scheme gave owners of older cars the opportunity to part exchange them for new models, in return for £2,000 of the list price. This caused outrage amongst car enthusiasts, as rare or interesting cars were traded because the rules barred them from the road.

The offer Vauxhall are currently touting apes the state sponsored scheme, and customers are similarly given £2,000 off new models when they part exchange their car. Dealers have been instructed that the older vehicles must be scrapped.

In a gesture aimed at placating classic car owners, the company has announced it will flag any pre-1991 models before scrapping them.

“Vauxhall’s scrappage programme is not designed to rid the world of classic cars,” the car manufacturer said in a statement. “As a result, Autogreen, Vauxhall’s recycling partner, will identify any cars manufactured prior to 1991 that are presented through the scheme and inform Vauxhall’s Luton HQ.

“Relevant owners’ clubs will then be notified, giving them the opportunity to purchase parts through the Authorised Treatment Facility.”

Vauxhall’s product and heritage PR manager, Simon Hucknall, added: “Vauxhall has immense respect for the UK’s classic car groups, irrespective of what make or model they support.

“The Scrappage Allowance is designed to capture vehicles that are beyond economical repair, and given the low value of scrap metal, recycling of parts is vital to the scheme’s viability. We’re also confident that the number of genuine classics over 25 years old presented to the scheme will be minimal, especially given the steady rise in value of even the most mainstream collectors’ cars in recent years. But if we do see any, our ‘safety-net’ will ensure that classic car owners and clubs will benefit.”

Discontent still remains amongst many enthusiasts however, with the stunt carried out at the Drive Vauxhall Dealership in Haverhill, Suffolk, branded a “disgrace”.

Vauxhall’s scrappage scheme is valid for cars ordered before the 18th December which are then registered by 31st December 2016.

The cars being traded-in must be registered to the customer at least 90 days prior to the order date of the new vehicle – meaning you can’t buy an old banger just to save £2,000 on a new Vauxhall.

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