CLASSICS FACING NEW SCRAPPAGE SCHEME THREAT
Renault refuses to rule out disposing of classics – despite more than 14,000 of you calling for historic vehicles to be protected
Classic fans have called on Renault to do more to protect older vehicles at risk of being traded in under its new scrappage scheme.
The manufacturer said that while it was proud of its heritage and would try to persuade its customers to go for a non-scrappage offer if there was value in the car, it couldn’t guarantee that older cars wouldn’t be traded in – and said that it wasn’t able to stop such deals.
The scrappage deal announcement follows a CCW- backed campaign to make it illegal for historic vehicles to be entered into manufacturer scrappage schemes, which was rejected by the Government but signed by 14,040 people.
So far Vauxhall and Ford have committed to not scrapping any tax-exempt classics in its scrappage schemes, but there is no national precedent for banning classics from being traded in.
Renault’s new scrappage scheme, which runs until 7 January 2019, will offer up to £5000 for any eligible classic – as long as the customer has owned it for 90 days.
Renault told CCW that it would try to steer customers with a valuable scrappage vehicle towards another offer, but that the decision ultimately rested with the owner. Any scrappage submissions would be final; clubs would not be able to rescue the car by reversing a Certificate of Destruction (CoD) or have the option of buying parts.
A Renault spokesperson said: ‘ We do have to scrap the car if the customer would like to take advantage of the scrappage offer. But in instances where there is value in the car, then the customer is advised to take advantage of one of Renault’s other offers.
‘It’s worth noting that Renault is proud of its heritage and we wouldn’t want to scrap a car that we considered to be of potential interest to owners’ clubs.’
The Renault Owners’
Club (ROC) said that owners of older Renaults were aware of their value and wouldn’t be interested in a manufacturer-backed scrappage scheme from Renault or any other maker. It also expressed its disappointment that it would not be allowed to buy spares from condemned vehicles. ROC magazine editor, Al Worsley, said: ‘It all depends on your definition of “classic”. We believe that all Renaults are classics the day they are made. Renault’s scheme may hoover up a few future classics that are currently around ten years old, but the owner has to be able to the pay for the car it replaces. If a decade-old car goes in, that’s one less that might be a classic later.
‘There are only 278 Renaults currently claiming historic tax and 150 of those are pre-war. We truly believe that our owners know what they have and are aware of their value enough to not be swayed by a scrappage offer. ‘“Cooking” Eighties Renaults – the 5/19/21 – can all be had for a few hundred pounds; we doubt owners will be buying new or interested enough in putting the difference through to finance a loan or fund the rest of a new car purchase.’
‘If a decade-old car goes in, that’s one less that might be a classic later’ AL WORSLEY, ROC MAGAZINE
Renault’s manufacturerbacked scrappage returns – but the Renault Owners’ Club is more concerned about the threat posed to future classics.