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Scrappage Scheme

BEN the automotive industry charity has recently teamed up with Cartakeback and launched the ‘Scrap and Donate’ scheme. The initiative offers participants a hassle free and compliant way to dispose of their unwanted cars and turn their value into a vital   donation to BEN.

The scheme has generated a lot of interest from companies and individuals alike and has recently had its first corporate sign up courtesy of Marshall Volvo Peterborough. After receiving a communication from BEN about the scheme the company was inspired to take part as it gave them a solution to the disposal of their unwanted cars and offered them a chance to support their industry charity.

If you would like to take part in the scheme all you need to do is visit the website and enter a few details. Then you choose whether to deliver your unwanted or unused vehicle to your nearest Cartakeback recycling centre, or ask them to collect it free of charge.

Service Driver for Marshall Volvo Peterborough Mark Hawes said, “After a visit from one of BEN’s Regional Development Managers I was overwhelmed by the good work and support that BEN provides to our colleagues in the industry and knew I wanted to do something to make a difference.  I then received an email from BEN regarding the ‘Scrap and Donate’ scheme and knew instantly how Marshall Volvo Peterborough could help. I’m very proud to be the first company to take up this scheme and hope many more people follow suit as it is such an easy form of support and could benefit them by removing the hassle of what to do with these unwanted motors.”

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Business Secretary Lord Mandelson
Business Secretary Lord Mandelson

In September it was announced that an extra £100 million was proposed for the Government’s scrappage scheme bringing the total budget to £400 million and covering up to 400,000 vehicles in total.

Having listened to industry, changes have been made that will bring even more benefits to consumers.
Van owners looking to trade in their vehicles will now be able to scrap their 8-year-old van instead of the previous 10-year requirement.

The age qualification for car owners now extends the benefits to cars registered on or before 29 Feb 2000 (V registration).

Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said: “Consumers and businesses looking for a new vehicle should make the most of the scrappage scheme now. With the new terms, the Government’s scrappage scheme makes it accessible to even more consumers, but it has to end when the funding runs out.

Industry figures show that the scrappage scheme is continuing to boost the market. The automotive sector is a cornerstone of British manufacturing. That is why the Government plans to extend this successful scheme with an extra £100 million of funding.”

The scheme will come to an end in February 2010 or when the funding runs out, whichever is sooner.

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