Ford offers drivers £2000 to scrap older cars

Manufacturers including BMW and Ford are taking matters into their own hands with their own pollution-reducing trade-in schemes
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Ford on Tuesday became the latest carmaker to launch a vehicle scrappage scheme in Britain, joining the likes of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, after months of procrastination from the government over whether to begin a national program.

The scheme will run to the end of the year and is effective for registrations from 1st September to 31st December.

On average, consumers will be provided with around £2,000 off a range of new ford models which range from £12,000 to over £20,000. We would like to know whether readers agree that this model of scheme, funded by the automotive industry, is a good way to get older, more polluting vehicles off the road.

"We don't believe incentivising sales of new cars goes far enough and we will ensure that all trade-in vehicles are scrapped", Barratt said.

In a surprise move that could help shake up the United Kingdom auto market, Ford said it did not believe incentivising the purchase of new, cleaner vehicles went far enough towards improving air quality, and that it was therefore taking affirmative action to encourage the dirtiest petrol and diesel vehicles off the roads.

Vehicle manufacturers are also rushing to adapt to new technology, such as electric cars, in part to address air quality concerns.

Replacing old petrol and diesel cars alone could save 15 million tons of Carbon dioxide annually, the company said.

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The scheme is created to remove older, more polluting vehicles from the UK's roads, and to replace them with more modern, cleaner models.

While the incentives from BMW and Mercedes require the owner to have kept their old vehicle for a minimum of 12 and 6 months respectively, the Ford deal says you only have had to be the registered keeper for 90 days.

The scrappage scheme will also help sales of the new models, as demand is facing a continued drop. BMW's scheme is available for owners of vehicles that meet Euro 4 standards of less - essentially most cars registered before 2005.

Ford is expecting thousands to take up the offer with as many as 19million drivers eligible to take part.

Do you think that other manufacturers should be encouraged to follow suit? It can be from any brand and be powered by a petrol or diesel engine.

German manufacturers BMW and Mercedes also recently announced United Kingdom scrappage schemes for pre-Euro 5-compliant vehicles.

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