Scrapping incentives: what they are and how they work

There are cases in which scrap is synonymous with saving: we are talking about the purchase of a new car and the discounts and incentives that the State provides for all those who take an old vehicle out of circulation.

What does it mean to scrap?

There comes a time in the life of a motorist when you realize that it is no longer possible to sell a car you own.
Whether the reason lies in the excessive old age of the vehicle, in the large amount of polluting gases it releases into the atmosphere or in the exaggerated series of pieces that should be changed to rearrange it, there is only one solution: scrap .

Scrapping means removing a vehicle from circulation, by destroying it and reusing the registration plate.

The state, in these particular cases, has provided incentives for all those who buy a new car and scrape another.

What are scrapping incentives?

These are essentially discounts that the buyer, after scrapping, can take advantage of when purchasing a new vehicle.
They have been introduced for several years now with the express purpose of discouraging the maintenance of an old car with a high rate of pollution, on the spot of a new and more eco-friendly car.

The scrapping incentives thus make it possible to modernize the nation’s car fleet (in particular the Italian one, one of the oldest in Europe) by helping citizens to buy new and less polluting cars.

These incentives strongly depend on the category of the vehicle that will be scrapped (euro 0, 1, 2 and so on) but also on which vehicle you are going to buy.

Car scrapping incentives 2019: the numbers

Let’s clarify immediately that in the purchase of electric or hybrid cars, there are already incentives called Ecobonus that are totally independent of whether a subject scraps his own vehicle or not.

The discounts apply to all those who purchase a car in the period between 1 March 2019 and 31 December 2021.
If you buy a car with declared emissions lower than or equal to 20 g / km, which includes all electric cars , the eco- bonus guarantees an incentive of 4,000 euros which becomes 6,000 if the buyer scraps a car falling into the Euro 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 pollution class.

In the event that the purchase concerns a car with declared emissions between 21 and 70 g / km, which includes almost all hybrid cars, the economic incentive will have the value of 1,500 euros which increase up to 2,500 euros if the buyer scraps his old car, the latter always with a pollution class between Euro 0 and Euro 4.

The practice for inserting the bonus due with scrapping is handled exclusively by the dealer: a fundamental requirement, in this sense, is that the owner of the car to be scrapped must prove that he has been the owner of the same for over 12 months; an exception is granted if the owner is in any case a cohabiting family member.

In the event that this period of time has not elapsed, the scrapping will have no value on the purchase of the new car.

A further limit is represented by the price of the car that will be purchased: if this should exceed 61,000 euros including VAT, or 50,000 euros without VAT, neither the application of the eco- bonus nor the scrapping bonus will be provided .

Unfortunately, although it is well known that LPG and CNG vehicles are particularly attentive to emissions, none of the vehicles equipped with this power supply can contain pollution below the 70 g / km set by law.

This means that in the purchase of cars with this power supply, no bonus will be applied.


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