The Vehicle Scrappage Scheme is a voluntary scheme for motor dealers under which participating dealers give buyers a £2,000 discount off the purchase price of a new car (or certain types of small van) in exchange for scrapping their old qualifying vehicle.
The government has announced that the deadline for the end of the Vehicle Scrappage Scheme has been extended from the proposed February 2010 to March 2010. The extension is to allow manufacturers and dealers more time to prepare for and operate the final phase of the scheme.
The scheme, which is jointly run by the government and car manufacturers, will now run until the end of March 2010 or until the funding is exhausted, whichever is the sooner.
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said:
"Against the background of the economic downturn the Scrappage Scheme has proved a great success, driving UK car sales, protecting jobs and supporting the supply chain for car manufacture at a time when this sector needed it most."
"If you're considering buying a new car, you should place your order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, because the budget is strictly limited."
Internet links: Press release Scrappage website