Re­nault re­fuses to rule out dis­pos­ing of classics – de­spite more than 14,000 of you calling for his­toric ve­hi­cles to be pro­tected

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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.

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