Concerns over new schemes.
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...