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Trading in my old Clio - what are my options?

Hi! Just a few quick questions. I have a 99 Renault Clio for the past two years and it's a great little car but starting to show its age.

I don't know a hell of a lot about scrappage so I'm hoping you might be able to help! Do all dealers offer scrappage deals? Would I get a deal on a 99 Renault and do they have a set price or would a trade in suit better?

I am hoping to get a newer car but not a brand spankin' new one so would I even get a trade in with the Clio?

Filed under scrappage - Asked by Sinead O Connor (Dublin) - Tue, 18 May 2010 22:24


Hi Sinead,

Well your car does qualify for the scrappage scheme, which ends on December 31st this year. All dealers who have cars that qualify for scrappage (new cars with emissions of 140g/km or less, Band A and B cars) are partaking in the scheme - at this stage most mainstream brands have some cars that qualify.

Renault is offering the best deals when it comes to the scrappage scheme and although you might not have considered a new car, it would probably make the most cost effective way of getting into another car as you will get the most money for your current Clio and the most money off a new one.

For example, if you were to trade-in your current Clio against a new version under the scrappage scheme it would cost you just €8,990 for a new one, so essentially, along with the Government allowance, you are getting a total of €5,050 off the price of a new car, and you certainly won't get this off a used one. You might, at best, hope for €1,000 off a used car for your 1999 model, so you might just get a 2008 Clio with your budget.

In summary, if your budget allows, go and get a new Clio under the scheme.

Answered by: Complete Car Adviser

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