UK Scrappage Plan 2020

The UK Government seem to be backing off of a plan to launch a new vehicle scrappage scheme that was set to boost sales and stimulate the UK Car Industry and Economy.

The scheme announced in June 2020 would have offered incentives to switch from old petrol and diesel cars to new electric and hybrid vehicles.

The financial times reported that there is no guarantee the scheme will be launched and some senior officials now saying it was “very unlikely” the scheme would be launched.

There has been no official word from the government and the report will certainly deter some from pushing ahead with buying a new car. Many are holding off in hope of a post-lockdown plan / offer from the government some studies have shown almost 30% of potential buyers are now holding off.

Many buyers are keen to buy a more economical and environmentally friendly vehicle and a government scheme would certainly go a long way to getting the UK car industry moving again after sales almost completely died off between April – May.

The impact on the UK automotive industry has of course been catastrophic and the industry has called for a dedicated “restart package” to drive consumer demand including scrappage and VAT cuts.

Mike Hawes, the SMMT chief executive, said: “UK automotive is fundamentally strong. However, the prolonged shutdown has squeezed liquidity and the pressures are becoming more acute as expenditure resumes before invoices are paid.

“The government’s intervention has been unprecedented. But the job isn’t done yet.

“Just as we have seen in other countries, we need a package of support to restart; to build demand, volumes and growth, and keep the UK at the forefront of the global automotive industry to drive long-term investment, innovation and economic growth.”

Dubai’s Abandoned Performance Cars

Dubai’s Abandoned Performance Cars

Every year Dubai sees a number of high end performance and luxury vehicles being left at airports, rotting in car parks and sitting in scrap yards. Dubai has a surplus of abandoned luxury cars and such an epidemic it became headline news around the globe.  It seems hard to believe cars like this just get left by the roadside and has created a fair bit of anger on social media. Many people think that the reason these cars are just left is because the super rich simply don’t care and are completely numb to the value of the vehicles. 

The truth however is that Dubai has faced a financial struggle alongside oil prices crashing to an all time low. Many of these cars belong to expats who travelled to Dubai in search of a high flying life style. people haven’t just abandoned their car they have abandoned their whole life after finding themselves bankrupt defaulting on loans fleeing to avoid prison. Sharia law has some quite strict laws and non-payment of debt is a criminal offence not a civil offence. There is no protection for people who fall on hard times. Prisons throughout the UAE are notoriously tough so it is no wonder people flee and leave their cars at the airport.  There are even stories of people being blacklisted for missing one credit card payment and facing jail time. 

Of course it isn’t just expats struggling to cope, hard times and bad debt can happen to anyone. the only good thing to come out of this is if you are lucky you can pick up an incredible deal on supercars and luxury vehicles. Cars are auctioned automatically 15 days after being impounded. 

Watch this video to view abandoned and damaged supercars in Dubai

How much is a scrap car worth?

Where to scrap a car near me

Can I scrap a car for cash

Can I scrap a car for cash?

Paying for scrap cars in cash is illegal.

Beware of unexpected traders and unscrupulous scrap dealers who turn up or haggle on the doorstep. If you do not have the vehicle registration document, ignore possible suggestions that the scrap price offered has to be reduced by a further £25 due to a supposed extra DVLA fee.  When scrapping vehicles, DVLA will accept simple written confirmation. See our post about scrapping a car without your V5C Document.

If in doubt or if you do not receive any communication from DVLA within four weeks, motoring experts advise contacting the agency either online or via their telephone helpdesk service.

What Are Scrap Car Batteries Worth

What Are Scrap Car Batteries Worth?

In short about £5

Car batteries contain highly toxic substances and should be disposed of correctly. Battery acid is strong and can cause blindness if it gets in your eyes. Batteries also contain quite a lot of lead which can lead to poisoning if ingested. It is illegal to dump old batteries. Car batteries should always be disposed of appropriately through recycling programs or your local ATF ( Authorised Treatment Centre ).


Batteries can be recycled into new products even used in new batteries. The most useful and valuable commodity within a battery is the lead. It is really easy to scrap your old car or car batteries with us. Click here and enter your car registration and postcode for an instant price.

What is an ATF Authorised Treatment Facility

What is an (ATF) Authorised Treatment Facility?

Assington Autos is an Authorised Treatment Facility

When scrapping your vehicle you will see or hear this term often but what is it and what does it mean?

As stated above an ATF is an authorised treatment centre and to explain further is a scrap yard that follows specific rules and regulations when it comes to dismantling and recycling / disposing of scrap cars. The dismantler / scrap merchant has proven that they follow strict guidelines set out by the Environment Agency (EA). The guidelines set out are as follows.

  • Depollution
    Removal of potentially hazardous materials and substances eg: fuels, oils , break fluids. The individual hazardous components and materials removed during depollution should be kept separate. Clearly, ATFs need to remain vigilant for any other hazardous materials or items that might be encountered in the course of their operations.
  • Certificate of Destruction Responsibilities
    Issuing and generation of certificates of destruction through the DVLa online systems.
  • Material Storage
    How to safely handle and store hazardous materials from vehicles
  • Recycling & Recovery Targets
    ATF’s need to prove they have met these pratices.

When a car is taken to an ATF it is taken through rigorous dismantling processes including depollution. The process usually begins with a (COD) certificate of destruction. The ATF logs in at the DVAL website and produces one. The COD is generated and the vehicle is assumed at the end of its life. The car must then be depolluted a labour intensive process removing:

  • Fuel
  • Batteries
  • Catalytic Converters
  • Oils
  • Fluids
  • Oil Filters
  • Wheels and any lead balancing weights
  • Tyres
  • Parts containing mercury
  • Any explosive materials including airbags

It is the responsibility of the ATF to then meet recycling targets set out by the Environment Agency.

Why use an ATF

It is important to use an authorised facility as

  1. It is illegal to dismantle vehicles for scrap if you are not and the seller can also face fines for using a facility that is not authorised
  2. The people purchasing your vehicle are likely to resell it or sell on to a scrap yard at a profit. Unauthorised people will often haggle with you on arrival of picking up the car and offer cash ( also illegal )

Can I scrap my car without a log book VC5

Can I scrap my car without a log book VC5?

You have decided to scrap your old car and realise after searching high and low that you have lost your log book. All too common log books are misplaced, and with threats of fines from the DVLA for mishandling change of ownership and SORN of a vehicle. Let the scrap merchants  / (ATF ) know right from the start you have no log book they will be able to give you advice on what to do.

The Good News

The good news is you do not need a V5C do scrap your car however it is a little more difficult to scrap your vehicle without one. You can always apply for a new one if you would rather. A new document can be obtained from the DVLA for around £25.00. If you still wish to proceed without one there are some things you should know before scrapping your car without a V5C / Log book.

Firstly make sure you scrap your vehicle with an authorised treatment facility (ATF). It is illegal to scrap your vehicle through an unauthorised scrap merchant or individual and you could be liable for some quite serious fines. When you scrap your car with an ATF you will receive a certificate of destruction. Certificates of destruction are usually sent out within 7 days. Payment is always made via bank transfer or cheque and NEVER in cash. Do not ever pay or be paid in cash, this is also illegal in England & Wales

If your vehicle is not road worthy eg: no insurance, no MOT or a SORN vehicle you must not drive to the Scrap Yard you will need to arrange collection.

Once your car is scrapped and you have your certificates of destruction you can then notify the DVLA informing them of the sale to the scrap yard. Normally this is done online when you have a V5C but if you do not have your log book you will need to write to the DVLA with the following information.

  • Vehicle Registration
  • Make
  • Model
  • Name and address of scrap yard

Make sure all of the details requested are provided or your notice will not be accepted. Letters are sent to the following address and provided it is all done correctly that is all you will need to do.

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Car Scrappage Scheme

Car Scrappage Schemes Update: Autumn 2018

Currently, various motor manufacturers are offering trade-ins and discounts on selected new cars and some commercial vehicles. Here, we review the latest leading promotions that are in force, as at September 2018. If you are buying a new car and are looking for a good scrappage deal, read on – you might want to consider these allowances when making your choice. In some cases, this subsidy can stretch to a handsome £5,000.

In particular, some of the top car producers are waiting to offer special incentives if you trade your present car in for a more fuel-efficient model. These generous deals aim to ease diesel cars off UK roads and encourage motorists to opt for the latest low-emission vehicles, thereby reducing pollution.

Special Incentives

So that purchase transactions qualify for the latest incentives, the trade-in has to fall within EU1 to EU4 emission categories, i.e., the previous regulatory standards. Nowadays, new cars meet EU5 or EU6 specifications. Generally, the special scrappage discounts apply to vehicles first registered seven years or more ago.

Information about a vehicle’s emission compliance usually appears on its registration document – though if not, details are freely available from motor manufacturers. Most cars first registered before 2011 do not meet EU5 and EU6 standards because, until this date, the highest standard was EU4.

Interestingly, some motoring commentators are pointing out that the scrappage schemes could provide thankful owners of older diesel cars a convenient escape from future additional taxation, which is likely to be levied on fume-producing older vehicles.

Fuel-Efficient Cars

Although registrations of new cleaner vehicles have risen by almost a third over the past twelve months, according to information published by What Car, total ownership in Britain still falls short of one car in twenty (4.3 per cent). For the future, hybrid and electric vehicles will become increasingly common, particularly in cities, thanks to lower running costs and emissions. With this motoring trend very much in mind, Tokyo-based Mitsubishi is offering £4,000 scrappage allowance towards new Outlander hybrids, for instance.

Several other mainstream marques are offering special deals, although a number of them list terms only until the end of September 2018. Some schemes give fixed discounts for old vehicles, with varying cut-off dates of first registration. In many cases, the scrappage discount applies regardless of the vehicle’s actual current market value. Note, however, that most schemes require previous ownership of the trade-in for a minimum of ninety days to six months.

Manufacturer Promotions

Kia is tempting motorists across the country with a fixed discount of £2,000. For many drivers, Picanto deals have an attractive price tag, with new vehicles from less than £7,500. Alternatively, Kia’s straightforward incentive is also available on other models in its range.

Mazda cars come with the most generous scrappage allowance, at a minimum of £3,000. The company offers up to £5,000 towards the Santa Fe, for instance, with lesser amounts for the Mazda 3 and Mazda 6 diesels that leave the showroom for just under £9,700 after discount. This Japanese carmaker accepts old vehicles registered prior to 31st December 2010, meaning that this choice represents excellent value for low-value trade-ins.

Then again, Toyota’s offering includes the Aygo X-Play edition for just over £9,000, after saving £1,500 for traded-in cars that have dates of first registration until the end of September 2010. Similarly, while the CH-R crossover attracts a minimum allowance of £1,000, a new Land Cruiser comes with the maximum discount of £4,000.

If the current vehicle is worth more than the promotional discount, a part exchange deal may be a better best option – except, perhaps, for Hyundai. This company offers a trade-in value in addition to scrappage discounts of between £1,500 and £5,000 off selected new models. This manufacturer’s incentive is, therefore, especially attractive to Hyundai purchasers who have a second-hand vehicle that is still of value. However, it must meet the EU4 standard to take advantage of this offer. Conversely, older cars attract a fixed discount off each new model, but with no additional trade-in value on the old one.

Notably, mainstream manufacturer Ford has withdrawn its scrappage deals on cars, though the company is still offering discounts of up to £2,000 on commercial pickups including the Ranger. However, for a few models, the price reductions apply only to those variants with certain levels of trim.

Important Considerations

Scrappage promotions are available only on new cars. Usually, it is possible to take the discount either to reduce the purchase price or as a deposit for finance, depending on the manufacturer. Significantly, motoring experts have reminded customers to consider the overall deal including part exchanges, purchasing a low-mileage vehicle and finance incentives – not all of which may be available in conjunction with scrappage.

The last government-sponsored scrappage allowances certainly boosted car sales, but it ended back in 2009. Now, nine years later, there is no indication of any such repeat national scheme in the offing. Nonetheless, local incentive programmes may be a possibility in areas with poor air quality.

In summary, then, scrappage schemes have grown in popularity since manufacturers’ sales and marketing departments decided to respond to public pressure, bring in new customers and boost their market share of more modern, environmentally friendly vehicles.

If you intend to trade in an old car for a newer model or a Ford pickup, deals such as these could well be of interest, depending on the market value of your current vehicle. Apart from your motoring budget, the most important factors to take into account include the amount of discount and to which new model(s) it applies, as well as any additional trade-in allowance (where available) and the cut-off dates for individual manufacturer promotions.

Additionally, specific deals require the trade-in vehicle to be EU4-compliant, whereas other sale terms and part-exchange conditions will accept compliance with the earlier EU1 to EU3 standards.

Finally, happy car hunting!