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Will I have to scrap my vehicle after 2030? NO!

Will I have to scrap my vehicle after 2030? NO!

From 2035, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK to cut carbon emissions, but this doesn't mean you will have to scrap your car!

The proposed scheme only affects the sale of brand new petrol and diesel cars, so motorists will still be able to drive their current cars on the road, and there's no restriction on buying and selling used petrol or diesel vehicles.

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This ban aims to avoid the most serious effects of climate change by encouraging new car buyers to make the shift towards electric vehicles. New petrol and diesel cars registered after this 2035 cut-off date will have to be zero-emission at the tailpipe, including hybrids.


But will this mean that you will have to scrap your car after 2035?

Absolutely not! Many cities across the UK are adopting low emission zones, in a bid to improve their environmental impact.

CAZ & ULEZ zone signs


Cities in England, such as Bristol and Bath have introduced their Clean Air Zones (CAZ), where targeted action is being taken to improve air quality. Under the scheme, if your vehicle is not compliant, you will be charged £9+ per day, or £100 per day for heavy goods vehicles, buses, and coaches, to drive in the Clean Air Zone.

Car scrapping schemes were initially introduced in 2009 as an incentive for owners to take old and polluting cars off the road; these schemes, backed by the government, allow car owners to scrap their petrol and diesel cars in exchange for money-off compliant electric vehicles. 

However, this does not mean you will have to scrap your car after the scheme is introduced. Many cars already on the road meet the ULEZ and CAZ emissions standards and if your vehicle does not, and you still wish to drive in ULEZ or CAZ, you can simply pay the charge.

Check whether your vehicle meets the CAZ emissions standards by entering your registration number in the car checker or explore our top cars for the Bristol clean air zone or used ULEZ-compliant cars for sale.



Can I purchase a second-hand petrol or diesel car after 2035?

Absolutely! Even after 2035, drivers will still be able to purchase and sell pre-loved petrol and diesel cars as the ban will only affect the production and sale of brand-new petrol and diesel models.

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If you're looking for a new car or van that is economically and environmentally friendly, explore our range of used cars and used vans. If you would like more information about second-hand vehicles or need some expert advice when choosing your new car, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We'd love to help!


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