Scrappage Scheme; Heartache.
My fears about this stupid government incentive have already been borne out.
Customer comes in, owned his car from new. Elderly chap, buys his cars and "runs them into the ground". He's got a few quid in the bank, and reckons now is a good time to look into getting something a bit smaller, so he has put an order on a brand new A-Class for factory collection.
Naturally, he is taking advantage of the Gov't scheme. His car is mint. A 1993k Saab 9000 CSE Turbo, 120k on the clock, everything on it. Very similar to the one I had before my Audi.
And of course as soon as he left the guys from the workshop, keen on a performance bargain, asked "how much is that coming in for?" To which my response was...
"Yeah, immaculate isn't it. You can't have it, though, it's being scrapped and we're giving him two grand".
This is insane. Nice old couples with savings in the bank are going to be paid to scrap their perfectly maintained low-mile 10+ year old cars, while those owned by people without two brass farthings to rub together on maintenance or replacement, are going to soldier on, kicking out uncatalysed crud as they go.
I fully expect piles of A4s to turn up here soon, all in immaculate condition and all bound for the scrapyard.
I know this subject has been done to death. But I find it more than a little troubling.