Budget brand Dacia has extended its popular scrappage scheme into the New Year, announcing that the scheme will now continue until 31 March.
The promotion allows customers to get even more off the lowest-priced new cars on the market by trading in their old cars – Dacia is offering a scrappage allowance of £1,000 on the Duster and £500 on the Sandero, which applies to both petrol and diesel versions of each model.
Those wanting to take advantage of the scheme must trade in a car that is Euro 4 standard or older that was registered by 31 December 2009. The Euro 4 emissions standard was replaced in September 2009, but some cars continued to be sold after that date.
Dacia says that you'll need to have owned your car for at least 90 days to take advantage of the scrappage programme, so there's no use scampering out and finding yourself an old shed now. The Renault-owned car maker promises that vehicles part-exchanged under its scheme will be 'responsibly scrapped'.
Even though it's been around for five years now, the Dacia Sandero is still the UK's cheapest new car, with prices starting at just £5,995. If you want to splash out a bit though, you can now get a Sandero in Ambiance trim, which comes with air conditioning, from £6,895, instead of £7,395.
Dacia's baby off-roader, the Duster, starts at £9,495 and like the Sandero, it sits among the UK's lowest-priced cars. In fact, it's the most affordable SUV you can currently buy. With the scrappage scheme, there are further discounts available on the cost of buying a new one – the Duster Lauréate TCe 125 4x2 with Bluetooth connectivity, DAB radio and air conditioning is available from as little as £12,295 instead of £13,295. The only way you could get one cheaper would be to steal it, although we absolutely do not recommend that. Mind you, with prices this low you basically are anyway.