Ford scrappage scheme
Clearing the air: all makes accepted in scrappage incentive to replace polluting old cars with cleaner new models
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Ford scrappage scheme

  • Open to owners of any vehicle registered on, or before 31 December 2009 (pre Euro 5)
  • The traded-in vehicle must have been registered in the owner’s name for at least 90 days
  • Savings against selection of latest generation Euro 6 petrol and diesel models
  • Could save 15 million tons of CO2 annually – and drastically reduce other pollutants
  • All the trade-in vehicles scrapped

A FORD scrappage scheme for cars and vans aimed at improving air quality has been launched with any-make trade-ins ranging from £2,000 against a new Fiesta to nearly £5,000 off a new Focus.

A flat rate £2,000 scrappage allowance is supplemented with a “customer saving” not available against Fiesta but ranging from £1,500 on the B-MAX (exc Zetec) for a £3,500 saving, to £2,950 (making £4,950) on the top-selling Focus.

It simply targets the worst polluting older vehicles and so there is no additional allowance for, say, low mileage vehicles in good condition. But the flexibility means an old van could be traded in against a new business car and vice versa. And there’s no requirement for it to have an MoT.

And Ford is offering a package of savings on vans with up to £7,000 off a new Transit – click here to see our Business Vans story.

The move comes just two months before the new ‘T’ charge being introduced in Central London’s Congestion Charge zone where such older vehicles face a total levy of £21.50 a day from October 23.

That accompanied calls by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for a government-funded diesel scrappage scheme that was rejected at Westminster.

The new Ford scheme follows the launch of BMW’s Low Emissions Allowance earlier this month, also with £2,000 for Euro 4 and earlier cars against low emission new MINIs and BMWs, and pace-setter Vauxhall’s £2,000 scrappage plus allowances running since May.

The Volkswagen Group too has launched a scrappage scheme in Germany, expected to be rolled out to the UK.

The Ford scheme is open to owners to trade-in and scrap their old vehicles of any brand for new and ‘affordable’ 67-plate Ford cars and commercial vehicles with significantly lower emissions.

Applicable to any pre-Euro 5 vehicle registered by 31 December 2009, the Ford scrappage programme will run to the end of the year and is effective for new vehicles registered from September 1 to December 31 2017.

Previous scrappage scheme modified 2009

  • Total £2,000 in a “cash-for-scrap” scheme for cars over 10 years old saw the demise of many seen as ‘classics’.
  • The £2,000 saving made up of £1,000 from government and £1,000 from manufacturer.

Andy Barratt, chairman and MD of Ford of Britain, said: “Ford shares society’s concerns over air quality. Removing generations of the most polluting vehicles will have the most immediate positive effect on air quality, and this Ford scrappage scheme aims to do just that.

“We don’t believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped. Acting together we can take hundreds of thousands of the dirtiest cars off our roads and out of our cities.”

All new Ford EcoBoost petrol and EcoBlue diesel models meet the Euro 6 standard, the toughest vehicle emissions yet. Not only are they cleaner than ever before, but they are also the most efficient, meaning improvements in fuel economy too.

Euro 6 standard and technologies mean far lower emissions:

  • Carbon monoxide (CO), petrol down 63%; diesel down 82% since 1993
  • Hydrocarbons (HC), petrol down 50% since 2001
  • Oxides of nitrogen (NOX) down 84% since 2001
  • Particulate matter (PM), diesel down 96% since 1993

Latest Euro 6 standard and technologies mean today’s cars produce far lower emissions than previous generations:

Data from the SMMT shows that there are approximately 19.3 million pre-Euro 5 emission level passenger cars on the UK roads today and reducing that number, through scrappage programs, would have the effect of reducing CO2 by 15 million tons per year, equivalent to the annual output of approximately three coal-fired power stations.

And then there are another 2.5 million vans in that age group.

Medium to longer-term actions to improve air quality include a plug-in hybrid version of the Ford Transit Custom, due to start trials later this year. The Transit PHEV is planned for commercial introduction in 2019 and is part of Ford’s total investment of $4.5 billion in electrified vehicles by 2020.

How Ford scrappage scheme adds up


Model Max Customer Saving PLUS Scrappage Incentive Total Scrappage Offer
New Fiesta £0 £2,000 £2,000
B-MAX (excl. Zetec) £1,500 £2,000 £3,500
Focus £2,950 £2,000 £4,950
C-MAX £2,500 £2,000 £4,500
Kuga £2,000 £2,000 £4,000
Transit Courier £1,650 £2,000 £3,650
Transit Connect (excl. Base) £3,000 £2,000 £5,000
Transit Custom £3,500 £2,000 £5,500
Transit £5,000 £2,000 £7,000
Ford scrappage scheme
Save £2,000 on a new 67-plate Fiesta, £4,950 on a Focus



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