Mercedes follows BMW lead with diesel scrappage offer

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Mercedes-Benz diesel changeover allowance - A-Class

Daimler has announced a similar diesel part-exchange programme to the one announced last week by BMW, for any customer part-exchanging an older diesel car against a selected number of Mercedes-Benz or smart models.

Until the end of 2017, any owner of a Euro 4 (or older) diesel car will be eligible for an additional £2,000 part-exchange allowance over and above their car’s value when they buy a new Mercedes-Benz diesel or plug-in hybrid model.

On new smart electric drive models, the offer is for an additional £1,000 part-exchange allowance.

Like BMW, Daimler will be hoping to boost sales of new diesel cars in the face of a significant slump in demand over the last four months. The majority of Mercedes-Benz sales have been diesel models for some years, and the company will be hoping that this offer will allow Mercedes-Benz to salvage a decent year in terms of new car sales.

Unlike the BMW offer, the Mercedes-Benz allowance does not extend to buyers of low-emissions petrol models. However, in a move that goes beyond BMW’s offer, Daimler has pledged to scrap any Euro 1 to Euro 3 diesel cars that are part-exchanged, rather than selling them on.

The allowance is in addition to any other offer available from the manufacturer, finance company or dealership, such as a deposit contribution or discount, or the government’s plug-in car grant for plug-in hybrid or fully-electric vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz diesel part-exchange allowance scrappage scheme

The Car Expert says… check the fine print!

  • This offer is a part-exchange allowance, for selected used cars part-exchanged against selected new cars.
  • Your current car must be a diesel, from any brand, with an engine that is built to Euro 4 emissions standard or earlier. This will definitely be cars built no later than 2010, although some cars had Euro 5 specification engines earlier than this.
  • You must be the owner of the part-exchange vehicle and the buyer of the new car (same name and registered address).
  • Your car must have a valid MOT certificate, so you can’t drag an old car that’s off the road down to the dealership to claim the allowance.
  • You must have owned the old car for at least six months, to stop people buying an old diesel banger for £200 and then getting a £2,000 part-exchange allowance for it.
  • You must order your new car before the end of the year, and must take delivery of the vehicle no later than 31 March 2018.
  • This offer can be used on top of any other offers from the dealer/manufacturer/finance company, including the government plug-in car grant
  • The offer is not dependent on you taking any finance package or other products.
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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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