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The Top Scrapped Cars in 2020

2020 may be a year many of us wish to forget, but here we are in 2021 and it seems only right for us to take stock and review the last 12 months. Here at Scrap Car Comparison, we’re leaders in car scrappage, so while we can’t scrap the whole of 2020, we can take a look at the most scrapped cars from the last year.

The Most Scrapped Cars of 2020

Taking the top spot as the most scrapped car of the year for the fourth year in a row (you can also see the results from 2017, 2018 and 2019) is the Ford Focus. In fact, it not only takes the crown for being the most scrapped car last year, but also the title of the most popular car of the year. According to SMMT figures from new car registrations, it was the fourth most popular new car purchased in 2020, meaning it’s likely to be continuing to feature highly in our most scrapped lists for many years to come.

Other car models that featured on both the most scrapped and most (newly) purchased lists included the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Golf and Volkswagen Polo, showing these timeless vehicles are still as popular today as they have been in the past.

Many of the other top scrapped vehicles from 2019 were still featuring in the top 10 for 2020, with some notable differences – the Ford KA (which was discontinued in 2019) wasn’t featured at all and the Ford Mondeo just dropped out of the top 10. Instead, these were replaced with two Volkswagen models – the Golf and the Polo, which just snuck in at number 10.

The full top 10 list is below, so keep reading to find out just why it is we think these cars have been filling the scrapyards this year.

  1. Ford Focus
  2. Vauxhall Astra
  3. Vauxhall Corsa
  4. Ford Fiesta
  5. Peugeot 206
  6. Volkswagen Golf
  7. Vauxhall Zafira
  8. Vauxhall Vectra
  9. Renault Clio
  10. Volkswagen Polo

Why did these car models get scrapped in 2020?

There are plenty of different causes for car scrapping, many of which revolve around vehicles becoming more expensive to run and keep than they would be to sell. To find out more, check out our recent article showcasing some of the most popular reasons for scrapping a vehicle.

There are many reasons why these vehicles have ended up on the scrap heap. From MOT failures to damaged cars, old and rusty vehicles or vehicles that are no longer used and taking up extra space. If we take a look back 15 years to 2005, the UK’s top six best-selling vehicles of the year were the Ford Focus (for the seventh year running), Vauxhall Astra, Vauxhall Corsa, Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 206, mirroring almost exactly our top six list of the most scrapped cars of 2020. While many cars have plenty more mileage in them than 15 years, this gives a good indication that many of the most popular vehicles from the past couple of decades may now be past their prime and destined to be recycled through scrap.

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