The Government scrappage scheme has seen more than 17,000 old cars axed in the first week by motorists taking advantage of the £2000 incentive.
Hyundai is experiencing a scrap free for all, with surprising swapping going on. One 94-year-old gentleman for example, turned up late to collect his new car because on the way to the dealership a wheel fell off the Citroen he was about to trade in. Other cars swapped for a Hyundai include a Nissan 300 ZX, an MG Midget and a Fiat X 1/9 sports car. Some cars have been literally towed to dealerships; Rovers are the most commonly towed- in cars this being due to head gasket problems. The oldest car traded in so far is a 1966 Austin 1100 with a 1968 Morris Minor running a close second.
Car firms are coming up with different angles to maximize the scheme, Mitsubishi are one they have extended it from ten years and older to any used cars between five and ten years old. Mitsubishi say 21% of their orders for May so far are people using the scheme to buy a new car.
Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Porsche have also signed up for the scheme.