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Top 10: Cars killed by the scrappage scheme

Launched in 2009 in an effort to give the then struggling motor industry a boost, the Government-backed scrappage scheme provided buyers with a £2000 discount off any brand new car – as long as they traded in their ‘old banger’. The problem, however, was that among the 392,000 vehicles part-exchanged via scrappage was a large proportion of ‘modern classics’, many of which could have had years of life left in them.

So we’ve trawled through the statistics now released under the Freedom of Information Act and collated ten of the ‘up and coming’ classics that suffered most via the scrappage scheme. For fans of any of the models featured here, the figures make depressing reading…

By Paul Guinness, Contributor

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Audi 80 (702 scrapped)

Most of the Audi 80s lost to scrappage will have been from the 1986-96 B3 and B4 generations, so it’s little wonder that these are no longer such a common sight on Britain’s roads, despite their relative youth in classic terms. With more than 700 consigned to the scrapheap, the loss is significant.

With robust mechanicals and galvanised steel used throughout, these cars were built to last, and boasted a reputation for longevity. Sadly, however, many owners couldn’t resist the guaranteed £2000 trade-in offered via the scrappage scheme.


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