VW Golf leads manufacturer scrappage trade-ins

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Around 17 car manufacturers are offering vehicle scrappage schemes at the moment – where trading in an older car that doesn't meet current emissions standards can net you a hefty discount off the price of a new one. Research conducted by car classified site Auto Trader has named the models that owners are most eager to trade in.

Data taken from Auto Trader's online scrappage tool suggests – perhaps unsurprisingly – that some of the UK's former best-selling cars are the most common considerations for scrappage schemes. Topping the list is the Volkswagen Golf, which accounts for 17 per cent of the top 10.


Two other VW cars, the Polo and Passat, also feature in the top 10 – suggesting fallout from the brand's dieselgate crisis is hitting back.

Another brand featuring heavily is Ford, with the Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo all appearing in the top 10. As the Fiesta in particular has been one of Britain's best-selling cars for decades, that there's lots of them around should come as no surprise. Overall, 18.9 per cent of all motorists who used the tool were enquiring about a Ford vehicle.

The remainder of the cars most likely to be scrapped were the Vauxhall Astra and Corsa, BMW 3 Series, and Honda Civic.

Interestingly, despite increasing pressure on motorists to ditch aging diesel vehicles, Auto Trader found there was an almost even split between diesel and petrol cars – with 51 per cent and 49 per cent of enquiries respectively.