Whats it worth — Cash for your old and used car

The car industry has a new favourite Word – Scappage. Scrappage is a new developed sheme in which car owners that have cars older than nine years can bring their old ones to a recycling plant and receive a lumb sum of 2,000 british pounds in the purchase of any new car they are acquiring at a car dealer. Sounds like a great deal for car owners, the environment, recycling plants and automobile dealerships … or maybe not?

First of all you have to be aware of that shemes such as this are already outrolled in many other countries so that you can use their examples as comparison and reasearch. Results showed that car sales increased and hereby the economy was boosted. Employment in car factories and automobile dealerships was maintained and the environment benefitiated from fewer cars with a high pollution on the road. Looking at these results it seems like there is no other decisión than implementing the same for the United Kingdom.

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The person in charge for this change and the implementation of such a deal is Lord Mandelson, known for its numerous comebacks, and if implemented 500 million pound would be available for this sheme. However there is a slight knot no one seems to have noticed. In reality cars produced in the UK are made for other people/countries. There is not really a big exisiting british car industry. Round about 86 % of all cars bought in Britain have been imported ad roughly 76% of all cars made over here are being exported.

Taking the observations of such shemes in other countries it becomes obvious that most people buy highly fuel – efficient cars for their 2,000 pounds of reimbursement. Those types are not being produced here in the UK. Only two cars fabricated in Britain fall into this category and they are Nissan Micra and MINI. Together they account for only 4 % of the british market. As a result this means that about 96% of the money from the shemes goes into “subsidizing” foreign car companies and factories that do no even opérate inside the UK but have their plants outside England. The German scrappage sheme has around 65% of the vehicles subsidized produced in Germany. In France its 62%.

Whereas factories in Britain would not benefit a lot it could help the dealerships on homesoil, though they usually offer discounts of more than the amount of 2,000 pound so the market has not really experienced a big “kick start”. Probably for the dealers this 2,000 pound will not really make a difference. If they offer to take back and old Land Rover and give a discount of 7,500 pound for a new one and this does not work and extra 2,000 pound from the government will probably not make the decisive difference.


Looking at the ecological advantages off such a sheme, old high polution car that have to be removed for new shiny and highly fuel efficient cars come to mind. However looking at carbón outpost it becomes obvious that the amount of carbón produced by the mere production of a brand new car outweights whatever benefits earned. So actually taking your car from the road after only nine years is fatal when it comes to ecological aspects. Renown Philip Gomm of the RAC Foundation is off the opinión that an ideal tradeoff for the environment would be to drive your car for 18 years and then Exchange it for a new one. Although he also notes that for some “high pollution cars” even after nine years a scrappage can be useful but under no circumstance there should be a “one size fits all solution”. Scrapping a nine year old Citroen Saxo in order to receive 2,000 pound reimbursement on your brand new 5 litre VW Touareg is surely not what the inventors of the sheme had in mind.

The public, believing polls and the car industry in the United Kingdom are in favor of the act and asking any person if they would like a discount of 2,000 pound for their new car returning their old one most definitely they will say yes althoug maybe they cannot even afford a car at that moment.

The question at last is if scrappage really is a valid solution? In order to so you need to focus more on the problem you want to solve. What is it…car sales? …. The environment? ….old vehicles that pollute the environment? …. Or maybe even the authorities trying to implement a new policy for popularity but little sense? One thing is certain, that time will show and tell.


The story of a used Citroen 2cv (deux chevaux vapeur)

In 1948 the first Citroen 2cv (2 tax horsepower) was released on the market and the line of production stayed open over 40 years until 1990. For its time the small, funny looking car war very innovative and had many techological advanced features on board. Its body and look had been inspired by the Bauhaus style.

The idea for the car was to sell it to the “peasants” in France to facilitate their change from horses and carts towards cars. Until today the Citroen 2cv is one of the most iconic cars made by Citroen and probably one of the most iconic cars in the world until today. Its design, low cost production, versatility, reliability and easiness to use were its key advantages, as well as its ability to drive off-road. Having been built for the rough countryside in France it possessed an enginge easy to service, long and soft travel suspensión and lights to shine out the road ahead of you that many times did not yet have illumination on the sides.

Having a production  lifetime of more than 40 years in total 3,872,583 Citroen 2cv were built and although there are getting rare many still drive on the roads all over the world today but especially in France. Originally the car was built for 2 persons inside and another space for merchandise (for example farm goods) of about 100kg. The speed was calculated at roughly 37mph (60km/h) along the rough and many times muddy roads in France. Considering these facts the usage of Gasoline was calculated at around 3L for every 100 kms. Due to its amazing suspensión it was also said that the little car could drive acroos a ploughed field and not break one of the eggs it was carrying in its interior.


Over the time many special edition were sold for example the SAHARA which, which already states its name, was constructed for even more difficult terrain. However only 694 models of the SAHARA were made over time. A fun fact is that the demand was so high that at peak time a client had to wait around 3 to 5 years for its new car, many people were unwilling to do that and instead bought a used model so it happened that used Citroen 2cv became more expensive than a brand new one.

Th original Citroen 2cv was built with an air cooled flat win four stroke 375 engine which then gave the driver of the car a small 9bhp. In 1955 a bigger engine was implemented with 425cc later Citroen decided to integrate 602cc engine which resulted in 28bhp but only if the driver accelerated to 7000 rpm. Due to tax classification the car actually changed to a 3cv but Citroen decided to keep the same name for it. A big advantage of the Citroen 2cv was its easiness to start the car. In case of battery failure of the motor the car could be started with hand cranking with a jack handle. This feature was kept by Citroen until the stop of production in 1990. The 2cv is the only Citroen, apart from Pre War cars that can be bought with a hand crank.

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If you are looking for a used Citroen 2cv on the market today you can find them for prices of 350 pound (unrestored) up to 8,750 pound (restored). However, in the UK most owners hold on to their Citroen 2cv and care for it a lot. A lucrative business as a Citroen 2cv SAHARA for example can sold easily for around 62,000 pound in Europe if in perfect condition.

Speaking to a Citroen 2cv owner they will tell you that this car is easy to drive and to maintain as you only need a hammer and one spanner. Its a fun car which may have a poor performance for todays measures but with a bit of expertise and passion for the car you can easily flow within todays traffic and you dont have to fear any speed bumps ever again. Another benefit is that you can change its colour and redesign and remodelate it from your own garage.


Classic Car – Era Of Change

Cars that have been manufactured before 1959 are most commonly called classic cars, however an exact definition is complicated as it a highly subjective matter because almost every car manufacturing Company has a different idea and definition for it, so do magazines, car clubs and associations all over the world. In general most cars that are old are considered to be some kind of classic by the general public.

One definition of the classic car is that it is build after the Great Depression in 1929 until the 70s when the era of modern cars emerged. You can generally distinguish them between pre and post world war 2.

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In the beginning before World War 2 cars with fenders and enclosed structures were very popular, a few years later car with trunks, storage and a sedan body  very among the most sold and produced. Ending this era of classic cars some popular models such as touring cars and phaetons got used and produced less and less.

The look of cars changed and V12 monocoque, flat-headed V8 engines, front Wheel transmission, specialized parts and other parts such as running boards and arms and headlights found its way into the car and paved the way for the new look of the classic car. During that time many car manufacturers went out of business mostly through mergers and acquisitions.

The following names are only a few of the famous classic cars of that time: Citroen Traction Avant,

Rolls Royce model Phantom III, Bugatti Type 57, Alvis Speed Model 20 and 25 and Ford V8.

The next evolution of the classic car can be seen after World War 2. Having suffered a great deal by both wars the car industry was on its knees. Big names had been vanished of destroyed greatly. It was time for new and different cars and models. Many new companies produced various and extravagant cars to leave their footprint.

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Big surviving companies suddenly felt the need for family cars and that is why automobiles such as the Morris Minor, Rover P4 and the Ford Consul appeared successfully on the surface. In Europe and the United States the Volkswagen Beetle became a great succes due to its compact size and its shape. Beetle until today is an enormous success story.

Due to the neccesity of family cars that were compact suddenly Japanese automobile companies entered the market offering successfully their cars that fit the demand perfectly. One of the most popular cars during that time was the British “Mini” an all time classic and with its makeover a favourite still today.Other trending cars included sports cars such as various models from Porsche, Lancia and Ferrari. They were known for its excellent performance and great looks. Ending the classic car phase new cars were developed with high tech engines, twin V, bóxer engines and many more. The designs and technology became more advanced and focus was put on speed and power.