Who has been the real winner under the UK’s scrappage scheme so far? One thing’s for certain, it hasn’t necessarily been the British manufacturers.Scrappage has been great at getting people into showrooms again and giving a kickstart to the car industry as a whole. It’s also going to have knock-on affects in years to come as independent garages have a steady supply of ageing cars to maintain.
But I still think it’s missing a trick at giving British manufacturers a fairer crack at the whip. Yes, there are EU competition rules to consider, but it’s hard not to think some of our native car makers have been a little hard done by.
Jaguar and Land Rover’s scrappage sales instantly stand out. There aren’t too many people who will be trading in a ten-year-old banger worth less than £2k and be able to afford a Jag XF or a Range Rover Sport.
Scrappage hasn’t been a complete failure to other manufacturers with British factories, however. Mini has sold 1325 British-built cars under the scheme, while Nissan has also managed to shift 3943 units, including the British-built Qashqai and Micra.
Something else that stood out when browsing though the figures was the fact Porsche has sold 10 cars. One can only imagine 10 911 enthusiasts had become exceedingly narked off with ever mounting repair bills and decided the time was right to give it all up for a 997, a Boxster or a Cayman.
And spare a thought for Chrysler dealers who were sat in June twiddling their thumbs waiting for the scrappage orders to come rolling in. In the end, only one new Chrysler was sold in June under scrappage, although things did pick up in July, as it sold 14 cars.
It’s going to be very interesting to see the long-term fallout of scrappage once it has come and gone. Early indications show the government’s money will run out before the March deadline. What happens to new car sales in the UK in the post-scrappage era remains to be seen.