Deal applies to commercial and passenger vehicles; will run until September
Felix Page Autocar writer
1 July 2019

Ford has launched a new scrappage scheme that gives UK car buyers a £2000 discount on new vehicles when they trade in an older car.

The discount applies to most of Ford’s mainstream passenger and commercial vehicles, when customers trade in any make or model of older machine.

The objective of the scheme, Ford says, is to “take older, less fuel-efficient vehicles off UK roads, replacing them with cleaner and more fuel-efficient new Ford models”. The company says its previous scrappage scheme (2017-2018) took 25,500 older vehicles off the road.

Traded-in vehicles will be scrapped at a government-certified disposal facility. 

To qualify for the discount, customers must order their new Ford model before 30 September, and register it before 31 March 2020. 

Any passenger or commercial vehicle registered before December 31 2012 can be traded in against a new Ford, regardless of make or model. It must have been registered to the new car buyer for more than 90 days prior to swapping. 

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Passenger models not eligible for the discount include the Ka+ supermini, Mustang, Zetec models and the full range of ST performance cars like the Focus ST and Fiesta ST. The Ranger Raptor pick-up and Transit Connect small van are also exempt. 

The discount cannot be applied to any vehicle purchased before 1 July.

Ford’s UK boss, Andy Barratt, said: “To help reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the use of our vehicles, we are committed to making more efficient, lower-impact vehicles and technologies accessible at scale."

The first scrappage scheme was government-backed, and ran from 2009-2010. Since then, a number of manufacturers have run their own schemes as a means of attracting new customers and contributing to an industry-wide assault on emissions. Mitsubishi, for example, was recently offering £4000 in trade-in value against its Outlander plug-in hybrid, which, when added to the UK government's now axed subsidy for hybrids, meant customers could save £6500 on the electrified SUV. 

In December 2018, a new £23 million commercial vehicle scrappage scheme was introduced by the UK government, to help small businesses meet the requirements of London’s new ultra-low emission zone. 

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1 July 2019

This has nothing to do with emissions and is just a way of boosting sales. How much pollution is caused by manufacturing a new car to replace what might be a perfectly functioning older car? Trying to claim that Ford are motivated by helping the environment is dishonest but unfortunately some people will fall for it. But I doubt they will be any better off - this £2k will almost certainly just come out of the discount that you could otherwise have negotiated on almost any new Ford. 

1 July 2019
Will86 wrote:

This has nothing to do with emissions and is just a way of boosting sales. How much pollution is caused by manufacturing a new car to replace what might be a perfectly functioning older car? Trying to claim that Ford are motivated by helping the environment is dishonest but unfortunately some people will fall for it. But I doubt they will be any better off - this £2k will almost certainly just come out of the discount that you could otherwise have negotiated on almost any new Ford. 

 

Agree with much of what you say. Not all old cars are equal though - plenty of 10 year old diesels are absolutely filthy and should be gone from our cities, but lots of older cars in perfectly good nick being driven off our roads.

We are effectively exporting pollution elsewhere.

2 July 2019
scrap wrote:

Will86 wrote:

This has nothing to do with emissions and is just a way of boosting sales. How much pollution is caused by manufacturing a new car to replace what might be a perfectly functioning older car? Trying to claim that Ford are motivated by helping the environment is dishonest but unfortunately some people will fall for it. But I doubt they will be any better off - this £2k will almost certainly just come out of the discount that you could otherwise have negotiated on almost any new Ford. 

 

Agree with much of what you say. Not all old cars are equal though - plenty of 10 year old diesels are absolutely filthy and should be gone from our cities, but lots of older cars in perfectly good nick being driven off our roads.

We are effectively exporting pollution elsewhere.

10 year old diesels will be producing substantially less CO2 than the majority of modern petrols. You know, CO2 the stuff everyone's on about warming the environment.

Are you referring to visible smoke? This is particulate matter, and has nothing to do with climate change.

Older diesels will be producing NOx and particulates (even those not seen) in greater quantities than modern diesels - but then 10 year old petrols are producing amounts of NOx of a similar level to current generation diesels.

To say "10 year old cars are filthy" is entirely disengenuous. Replacing that vehicle with a brand new one will produce a massive amount of additional emissions (literally tonnes of carbon dioxide).

1 July 2019

Local air quality and climate change are different things. The priority should be to address chronic over-supply in the new car market.

2 July 2019
scrap wrote:

Local air quality and climate change are different things. The priority should be to address chronic over-supply in the new car market.

The priority needs to be address consumerism, specifically designed obselesence gone mad.

Look at the amount of CO2 to produce an iphone, but you need a new one every 6 months! Insanity.

The same goes for cars, if we bought one each at a certain age and that was the only car we could have for life - climate change solved.

Climate change protestors should be demanding the end to big business, instead their focus is individual motorists - who it just so happens the government can nail with taxes with little consequence.

1 July 2019

....can I trade a new Ford in for that Triumph Dolomite in the picture instead?

 

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

1 July 2019

Vauxhall are currently advertising £4,000 'scrappage' (i.e guaranteed discount) on their new cars. (I am sure that T&Cs apply).

1 July 2019

if this truly is about emmissions, why hasn't there been a scheme to get people who can't afford something new to scrap in their knackared, dodgy-mot'd, 6 year old spark plug using, hasn't got a single straight panel, rust-with-numberplates... for something that's none of those things? For example, the fairly new cars that have been scrapped recently under these schemes would quite often have been put to better use if given to people who are running cars which should actually genuinely be scrapped. Both in terms of safety and emissions. Instead, they roll it out as sales are crashing, and the factories are too quiet. Is it at all possible that the recent scrappage schemes have had so many people out getting new cars that it actually played a hand in the recent dropping sales?

1 July 2019

I think there is a poor VW Golf MKi at the top left of the photo.

2 July 2019

The saddest thing in relation to this scheme?  There WILL be twits that fall for it hook, line etc...  Yes, they will actually think it is good.  

If your current car is satisfactory to your needs.  Then my advice is simple...

KEEP IT A LITTLE LONGER AND SAVE THE 2/3-YEAR 'NEW CAR WHEN ITS NOT NECESSARY' FINANCE SCHEMES FOR THE TWITS THAT DON'T KNOW ANY BETTER!  Yes, some families even do it for two cars.  Yep, two cars on finance! LOL!!!And if you have leased new cars for 2 or 3 years more than once, then you clearly have no interest in the environment and no interest in managing your money effectively.  Trust me, they are the biggest con that the England continues to think is 'really great!'.PS: Probably for a long time yet.

Phew! [shakes head] 

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