Mercedes-Benz has launched a diesel scrappage scheme that offers UK customers up to £2000 off a new diesel, hybrid or electric model when a Euro 1-4 car is traded in, as the brand rolls out the trade-in scheme across Europe.
Following other brands’ decisions to extend their scrappage schemes to the UK, the initiative aims to get older, dirtier vehicles off the road in the latest push by the Government and the car industry to improve the UK’s air quality.
Any Euro 1-4 car can be traded in, no matter what brand it is, although the discount can only be applied to low-emission and clean diesel Mercedes cars. Smart Electric Drive models are also eligible, although it comes with a smaller discount of £1000. The scheme will run until 31 December 2017.
A sum will also be awarded to customers based on the car’s valuation by the CAP Black Book if the car is of Euro 1-3 classification. If the car is a Euro 4, a trade-in price agreed with the dealer will be awarded to the owner. For all customers, this will be in addition to the £1000 or £2000 trade-in reward.
Like the brand’s scheme in Germany, the car must have been in the keeper’s ownership for more than six months – this prevents people from taking advantage of the scheme by buying a cheaper, older car in order to obtain the bonus.
The Euro 1-3 cars traded in will be scrapped, while the Euro 4 cars will be resold. This will increase the number of low-emission vehicles on the roads, according to a Mercedes spokesman. – www.autocar.co.uk