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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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MGF (572 scrapped)

Like the MX-5, the MGF is a two-seater roadster that saw its survival rate dealt a cruel blow via scrappage. Even the oldest examples were ‘only’ 13 years old by the time the scheme got under way, which means many owners looked upon them as used cars rather than modern classics.

When that’s the case, a major issue like head gasket failure (not exactly uncommon with the MGF) will see plenty of cars scrapped rather than repaired – especially when a £2000 incentive suddenly becomes available. Happily, the MGF is rather more appreciated five years on.


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