MINI Scrappage Scheme
Currently there is no official MINI scrappage scheme active. The previous scrappage scheme ended on 01/01/18 and has not been restarted. MINI drivers looking to scrap their cars or vans are recommended to compare prices to maximise the payout from scrapping their vehicle.
What is the MINI scrappage scheme?
MINI’s scheme was run in conjunction with the BMW scrappage scheme, and was available for diesel-powered cars complying with Euro 1-4 emissions regulations. Savings of up to £2000 were offered towards all MINI models that had carbon emissions under 130g/km, and could also be used on any BMW model with a similar carbon output. There were no other alternatives as part of this scheme, meaning if you decided to scrap with BMW or MINI you had to buy a new car from either brand. The flat saving figure differs from the usual scrap or salvage service, which sees values determined by your car’s weight or resale value. This means that in terms of value to you, the discount offered by BMW could be either very good, or very bad, depending on the car you were trading in.
Is the MINI scrappage scheme coming back?
Since the scheme ended in 2018 there has been no suggestion the scheme is coming back. MINI currently offers a valuation service for your old MINI, looking to buy old cars to be sold on as part of its ‘Approved Used’ line-up on forecourts. If you haven’t got a MINI, you may still be able to trade in your old car and put the money towards your new MINI, but this will be nothing more than a part-exchange and you won’t be able to guarantee that you’re getting a fair deal without doing some research of your car’s second hand value first.
How did the scrappage scheme work?
MINI’s scrappage scheme was predominantly aimed at removing the highest polluting diesel vehicles from the road in the wake of the Dieselgate emissions scandal, while hoping to boost the sales figures in the process. Only diesel-powered cars built to Euro 4 diesel emissions standards or earlier were able to partake in the scheme, and you had to have owned the vehicle for at least six months before you could make use of the scheme. In return, you received £2,000 off any BMW or MINI model that had an emissions output of 130g/km or lower. This included the entire electric range of models at the time, such as the i3, i8 and MINI Countryman PHEV.
No petrol cars were able to be used in this scheme, although you could put the £2000 discount towards a petrol car should you so wish.
The MINI scheme was aimed specifically at diesels, and was only open to those that were registered prior 31st December 2009 (Euro 4 emission standards or earlier).
While you could not scrap an electric car in this scheme, you could put your money down towards a MINI Countryman PHEV or even one of BMW’s i range of electric cars.
Do I qualify for a Scrappage Scheme Offer?
If you missed out on the MINI scrappage scheme, then you could still utilise a scrappage scheme if you meet the criteria of one of the location based scrappage schemes surrounding areas with Clean Air Schemes coming into force.
Currently the only scrappage schemes in operation, and the eligibility rules around them, are as follows:
- London – available to London residents with a vehicle that is not ULEZ compliant
- Birmingham – available to those who work 18 hours a week or more within the Birmingham’s Clean Air Zone, who earn £30,000 a year or less and have owned a non-compliant vehicle since 10 September 2018
- Scotland – Available to owners of non-compliant vehicles who live within a 20km radius of a Scottish Low Emission Zone.
How to Scrap Your MINI
If you’re looking to get rid of your tired old MINI but aren’t able to utilise any scrappage schemes, then Scrap Car Comparison may well be the best place for you. We won’t make you jump through hoops to use our service, nor do we don’t mind if you live close to a Clean Air Scheme or not. It also doesn’t matter to us if you’ve owned the car for 5 years or 5 days, as long as you’re the legal owner of the car in question, you can use Scrap Car Comparison to get the best price in a quick and hassle-free manner.
We only work with certified Authorised Treatment Facilities, so we can guarantee that your old car will be disposed of and recycled in line with all government regulations, and with collection agents in operation all over the country, we’ll even throw in a free collection service to boot.
Simply pick up the phone and call one of our friendly team on 03333 44 99 50 or use our simple quote generator to find out how much your old MINI could be worth today, and before you know it you’ll have replaced a tired old car with a much more pleasing lump of cash in your bank account.