Talking Points

Ford’s scrappage scheme is offering drivers up to £7,000 to help clean up the UK’s roads


If your car or van took to the road before 1 January 2010, Ford would like to talk to you. Unsurprisingly, the company wants to sell you a new vehicle, but it has a surprisingly generous incentive to make parting with your old motor slightly less painful.

Specifically, if you have a car that meets that description, Ford wants to scrap it on your behalf – and will give you between £2,000 and £7,000 off the price of a new Ford car or van purchased between 1 September and the end of 2017. Your trade-in doesn’t have to be a Ford car either, and as long as it meets the requirements you’ll get at least £2,000 off – more if you’re looking at the pricier models. Buying a Ford Transit van, with a list price starting at £24,415, can save you up to £7,000.

The list of models and discounts is listed in full below.

Model Series Car Scrappage Saving inc VAT^
All New Fiesta (exc Style) £2,000
B-MAX Titanium, Titanium X £3,500
B-MAX Titanium Navigator, Titanium X Navigator £3,200
Focus Zetec Edition, ST-Line £4,450
Focus Titanium, Titanium X £4,950
C-MAX & Grand C-MAX Zetec £4,000
C-MAX & Grand C-MAX Titanium, Titanium X £4,500
New Kuga All £3,000

…and for commercial vehicles:

Transit Courier All £3,650
Transit Connect Eco, Trend SWB (L1) £4,500
Transit Connect Trend LWB (L2), Limited £5,000
Transit Custom All £5,500
Tourneo Custom All £6,000
Transit All £7,000

While there are good old-fashioned commercial reasons for the move – not least a 9% downturn in UK car sales – there are also more altruistic things going on here. Specifically, a desire to improve air quality by getting petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles off the road – something the government has plans to fully enforce by 2040. Just today, Ford’s new CEO Jim Hackett is said to be looking to go “all in” with pure electric vehicles.

That seems to be chiefly what’s at play here, especially given the generous rates offered, which go above and beyond those recently announced by BMW. “Ford shares society’s concerns over air quality,” said Andy Barratt, chairman and managing director of Ford of Britain. “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.”