The manufacturers are currently promoting their swappage schemes for older vehicles.
As with the scrappage schemes, the offer is not particularly generous and is less than our usual Zebra discounts. And remember that your 'swappage' vehicle has an intrinsic value anyway, so if they're offering £3,000 swappage and your van's worth £500 then they're offering an additional £2,500 off their expensive vans.
The manufacturers are offering discounts off their RRP or List Price and not off the cost of any currently advertised stock. In addition most manufacturers have focussed the promotion on cars and as usual the van driver is a poor relation.
"Terms and Conditions
The Vauxhall Swappage Scheme applies to customers trading in a qualifying car or commercial vehicle (up to 3.5 tonnes) against the purchase of selected new Vauxhall models when ordered or registered between 5th April 2010 and 6th July 2010. At the date of the new vehicle order, the vehicle traded in must be 7 years old or older from date of first registration in the UK. To qualify for the scheme, the owner of the trade vehicle (or their spouse/partner living at the same UK address) must be named as the registered keeper and resident at the UK address shown on the Vehicle Registration Document (V5C) and have owned the vehicle for a minimum of 90 days. The new vehicle must be registered at the same address. The vehicle must have a valid MOT and road tax (or that has expired no earlier than 14 days prior to the new vehicle order date) and be insured at the date of the new vehicle order.
The Vauxhall Swappage Scheme cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. All Swappage discounts are inclusive of VAT."
Vauxhall don't seem to have a swappage scheme on vans but instead have retail offers of low rate finance etc. Why can't they just give you cheap vans?
"Get up to £6,000 for your current car when you buy a new Renault.
The Government Scrappage Scheme has ended. But don’t worry you can now save up to £6,000 on your new car using The Renault Swappage Scheme. All you need is your car to be over 7 years old, it’s that simple. Out with the old. In with the new
Savings based on manufacturer’s recommended retail price. Part exchange vehicles must be registered prior to 1st July 2003. These offers apply to vehicles ordered and registered by 30th June 2010 and registered by 30th September 2010 and are available to retail customers only. Offers exclude Renaultsport models, Wind Roadster and the new Mégane Coupe-Cabriolet. These offers are not available in conjunction with any other offers and are correct at time of going to press. Car shown has optional metallic paint (option price £405). Examples above exclude cost of optional metallic paint."
Again Renault lead with car deals and it clearly states that savings are based upon "manufacturer's recommended retail price"
"Missed out on the Government Scrappage Scheme?
Don't worry, you can now get at least £2,000 off a safer, more reliable and efficient vehicle when you trade in a car which is between 7 and 10 years old. If you have a 7-10 year old car (W, X, Y, 51, 02 or 52 reg) then you could get £2,000 off when you trade it in and buy a new Toyota Yaris, New Auris, Verso or Avensis before 31st March 2010. With low emissions and taxation, great fuel economy and enhanced
Terms and Conditions
The Toyota Swappage Scheme saving applies to retail customers trading in a car or commercial van first registered between 1st March 2000 and 28th February 2003, against the purchase of a new Toyota (Yaris, New Auris, Verso and Avensis) when ordered between 1st January 2010 - 31st March 2010 for registration between 1st January - 31st July 2010...."
Again, a car lead promotion - this time only offering £2,000. Aimed at retail customers i.e. the customers that pay the highest prices!
"British, built to last
The government scrappage scheme may have stopped, but Nissan are driving Britain forward by extending with Nissan’s British Built Trade in Scheme.
If you own a car that’s 7 years or older Nissan will guarantee £2,000 minimum trade-in against any new British built Nissan. You can choose from a Micra, NOTE, QASHQAI or the QASHQAI+2.
The future’s never looked so bright."
No mention of van swappage here then!
Steve Bridge told Fleet Van: “We looked carefully at the deal offered by the Government and we believe it isn’t as good as it appears at first as the vast majority of people run vans that are under 10 years old. Our swappage deal applies to any make and any age of van and includes an incentive of £2,000, which will be paid for by us.”
The deal applies only to the current model Sprinter 311 in both long and short wheelbase formats. Mercedes-Benz will be replacing this model in the summer with a new Euro V compliant version.
So they're offering a measly £2,000 off their old stock!
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