Con­cerns over new schemes.

Mini Magazine - - News -

Vaux­hall and Ford’s rein­tro­duc­tion of Scrap­page Scheme-style trade-in in­cen­tives has led to fears that more clas­sic Minis may be lost from our roads. The deals of­fer up to £2000 off the price of a new car, and though both were due to end in De­cem­ber, they have cre­ated a fra­cas in clas­sic car cir­cles.

Vaux­hall’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor De­nis Chick was at pains to point out that any pre-1991 car brought in would be sold for parts to rel­e­vant own­ers’ clubs, and deal­ers could also of­fer to buy any clas­sic too good to break out­right and sell it on as a used car. How­ever, this still puts Minis at risk should the scheme be ex­tended or copied by other man­u­fac­tures, and it also re­lies on the dealer recog­nis­ing trade-in Minis as clas­sics.

The 2009 scheme saw 702 clas­sic Minis ear­marked for scrap. Then, as now, anti-Scrap­page sen­ti­ment ran high – forc­ing one Scot­tish MINI deal­er­ship to re­move its Scrap­page-stick­ered Sport­pack af­ter a del­uge of com­plaints from Mini fans. With Mini val­ues higher, fin­gers crossed more sense is shown this time around.

No one wants to see this hap­pen again...

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