Until last week, my view of scrappage was that it was just something that happened to other people. Now I feel like I've been through the whole process by proxy.

The reason being the announcement, along with the scheme's extension, that 'V' registered cars are now eligible for the chop. That brought my parent's moth-eaten Renault Megane Scenic into eligability - and that produced in them a previously-unsuspected urge for something new and shiny.

I must admit feeling a pang of conscience when asked to help plot the Scenic's demise. It's certainly no minter, thanks to crinky arches, an odometer that owns up to nearly 100,000 miles and an interior that's been comprehensively trashed by the grandkids.

But mechanically it's been looked after regardless of cost, and would probably manage at least another couple of years if left to its own devices.

But it didn't take long to find myself caught up in the excitement, because there's no denying that there are some spectacular deals out there. My folks needed Focus space, meaning that the Hyundai i30 1.4 Comfort and Kia C'eed 1.4 S were quickly on top of the list.