Government names the cars that bit the dust in scrappage scheme

Time 7 years ago

scrapTHE Government has released details of the cars that most commonly reached the end of their lives under the 2009 scrappage scheme – and, sadly, some much-loved models have made the list.

In total, close to 400,000 cars were scrapped. The most scrapped car, with more than 20,000 of various ages chucked in for a discount off a new car, was the Ford Fiesta.

The cars next in line to the crusher were the Nissan Micra and Vauxhall Corsa, which were both ditched more than 10,000 times.


Any car that was first registered in the UK before February 29, 2000 could be traded in for a £2,000 discount off a new vehicle under the scrappage scheme. This was as long as it had been registered with the current owner for the past 12 months, was insured and had a current tax disc and MOT certificate.

Along the way there were many cars people might be glad to see the back of, such as Reliant Kittens and Vauxhall Cavaliers. Tragically in our view however, 45 Rover Mini Coopers and two Peugeot 205 GTIs also met the crusher.

You can see the full list by clicking here.

This month, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has backed the call for another scrappage scheme for the most polluting diesel cars, which could see even more cars hitting the scrap heap.

He said: ‘I’m backing the call for financial incentives to help motorists scrap the most polluting diesels. With the support of Government and the EU, we can accelerate the pace to meet legal limits for NO2 and ensure Londoners live in a healthy, thriving environment.’



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Rebecca has been a motoring and business journalist since 2014, previously writing and presenting for titles such as the Press Association, Auto Express and Car Buyer. She has worked in many roles for Car Dealer Magazine’s publisher Blackball Media including head of editorial.

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