The top 10 cars the UK is looking to scrap


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Volkswagen Golf tops the list of cars most likely to be scrapped across Britain, according to Auto Trader’s new online scrappage tool


  • VW Golf is most likely car to be scrapped in the UK
  • Ford tops the leader board for most scrapped brand
  • Even split for diesel vs petrol cars facing the scrap

With some 17 car manufacturers offering scrappage schemes in the UK, we’re yet to know how successful, or unsuccessful, the schemes are.

But early data from AutoTrader’s tool shows the most popular cars facing the scrap heap, and the manufacturers with the most in-demand schemes.

Almost 17,000 motorists have logged onto the tool since its launch one week ago, and it’s the VW Golf coming out on top – accounting for 17% of the top models. As a brand, Volkswagen accounts for 30% of the top models, with the Passat and Polo taking up places in the top 10.

Top 10 cars processed through Auto Trader’s online scrappage tool

  1. Volkswagen Golf
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Vauxhall Astra
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Vauxhall Corsa
  6. BMW 3 Series
  7. Volkswagen Polo
  8. Ford Mondeo
  9. Honda Civic
  10. Volkswagen Passat

When it comes to most popular brand going through the scrappage tool, unsurprisingly, Ford topped the bill, making up 33% of the top 10 most popular models. The Ford Focus, Fiesta and Mondeo all feature in the top 10.

Despite many of these scrappage schemes launching under the scrutiny of diesel cars, when looking at fuel type, of the 17,000 cars processed by the tool, there was an even split – 51% diesel vs 49% petrol.

Auto Trader state 49% of recent car buyers claim the continued debate on fuel has made the car buying process more challenging.

Ian Plummer, Manufacturer and Agency Director, Auto Trader, said: “As we saw in our recent Market Report, the current focus of the fuel debate is leaving motorists confused and concerned around the future of diesel.

“At the heart of this is a lack of understanding on the differences between modern Euro 6 vehicles and older diesels. Scrappage schemes are an important channel to help educate consumers on these differences, and as the UK’s largest digital market place for new and used cars, the introduction of our scrappage tool will help extend the reach to millions of engaged car buyers.

“Dealers should be prepared to capitalise on the increased number of motorists looking to replace their cars with a new one, as well as play an important role in consumer education. Inform them of how the various scrappage schemes work, explain the differences between old diesels and new ones, and above all, help provide clarity around the current fuel debate.”

 Manufacturer scrappage scheme % of total engagement with scrappage tool users
Ford 18.9%
Toyota 12.6%
Audi 9.9%
Mazda 7.8%
Renault 6.7%
Hyundai 6.1%
Volkswagen 5.7%
Peugeot 5.7%
Kia 5.2%
Citroen 5.2%
DS Automobiles 3.7%
Dacia 3.0%
BMW 2.4%
Skoda 2.3%
Mercedes-Benz 2.2%
Seat 1.3%
Mini 0.6%

What is a scrappage scheme?

Incentivised by the government or car manufacturers, owners of older vehicles more likely to cause pollution are encouraged to trade in their old car for a newer, cleaner model with a big discount offered. Drivers can get thousands of pounds knocked off a more environmentally-friendly, low-emissions car.

If you would like to find out if your car is eligible for the scheme, you can enter your car registration in Auto Trader’s tool to find out.

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