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Thinking of scrapping your old diesel car?  You could get up to £8,000

Robin Bowman

Robin Bowman
Nov 6, 2017

Diesel scrappage schemes are now being offered by all the major car makers. 

You can get up to £8,000 for your old polluting diesel if you know where to look.


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Here’s our guide to what the car makers are offering in their diesel scrappage schemes. 

Meanwhile sales of new diesels have fallen off a cliff. The latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), show that sales of new diesels have fallen of a cliff.

Sales of diesels in October were down by almost a third (–29.9%), compared with last year.

Overall, new car sales showed a drop of 12.2% over last year.

There were 158,192 new cars sold last month. That’s a 12.2% decline on the same time last year.

Business sales were 26.8% lower, fleet sales were down 13%, and sales to private buyers fell by 10.1%.

Demand for Alternatively Fuelled Vehicles (AFV), including electric and hybrid, was up by 36.9%, to 8,244 registrations.

Sales of petrol vehicles grew by 2.7%.

"However, these gains were unable to offset heavy losses in the diesel segment, as continuing consumer concerns resulted in its biggest hit yet, with demand down 29.9%," the SMMT said.

Sales of diesel vehicles fell by 21.7% in September.

Who’s offering what?

Car makers are offering thousands off a new car if you’re willing to trade in your older, polluting diesel.

Most diesels that are over seven years old qualify for the schemes and it doesn’t matter what condition they are in and they don't have to be the same make as the one you’re buying.

VW, Audi, Mercedes and Mini all have deals, and others, including Ford, Toyota, Hyundai and Renault have scrappage schemes that will accept old petrol and diesel.  


Offer: Between £2,000 and £8,000 discount.

Requirements: Diesels registered before Jan 1, 2010.

The £8,000 is only on offer if you’re in the market for a Q7 hybrid e-tron, which will set you back £58,000. You can also get £2,800 off the much smaller and A1, bringing the price down to £12,500.



Offer: £2,000 discount, plus the trade in value of your car

Requirements: Most cars registered prior to 2011 will qualify (those that only meet Euro 4 regulations).

You must register for this scheme by December 31st.

As with all the schemes, you must have owned your diesel for a minimum time, in this case 12 months. This is to discourage people buying an old banger to get the discount.



Offer: £2,000 to £7,000

Requirements: ANY car registered before Jan 1, 2010

The deadline to register for this scheme, like most others if December 31st. But it applies to all older cars, not just diesels.



Offer: £2,000 off a new car, plus the trade-in value of your old car

Requirements: Diesels that only meet Euro 4 regs, basically anything registered before 2011.

This scheme doesn’t apply to new Mercedes petrol cars – only new diesels and hybrids.



Offer: £2,000, plus the trade-in value of your old car

Requirements: Cars that only meet Euro 4 standards, most of those registered before 2011.

This is essentially the same deal as the BMW one (as they are the same company). The deadline is also the same – December 31st.



Offer: Up to £6,000 discount

Requirements: any petrol or diesel car from any brand registered before 31 December 2010.

The more expensive the car you buy, the better the scrappage payment, right up to £6,000 for the 508.

 Available for both petrol and diesel cars. The deadline is December 31.



Offer: £1,500 to £3,000

Requirements: Diesels that don’t meet Euro 5 or 6 standards on emissions.

Cars available for this deal include the Mii, Ibiza, Leon, Toledo. The deadline is December 31.



Offer: £1,500 to £4,000

Requirements: Diesels registered prior to Jan 1, 2010, which don’t meet Euro 5 or 6 emission standards.

This scheme doesn’t take into account the value of your old car, so it works best if the car you’re trading in is of low value. Otherwise you might be better off with a regular trade-in deal.

The deadline for this deal is December 31.



Offer: Ended Sept 30 – but watch out for a new deal.



Offer: £1,800 to £6,000 discount

Requirements: Diesels registered before Jan 1, 2010

This deal applies to call cars in the VW range, except the Touareg.

Generous discounts, including £4,000 off the new Golf, £5,000 off the Passat, and £4,000 of the Tiguan. There's also £5,000 off the price of the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid.


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