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Government Vehicle Scrappage Scheme Nearing End

January 18, 2010
Posted in Car news — Written by Helen

Toyota AvensisThe Government’s scrappage scheme, which helps fund purchases of newer and more efficient vehicles, is now 75% used up according to figures released on Friday by the Department for Business. If the fund is used up by February this year, the scheme will come to its natural end.

The scheme offers purchasers a £2,000 discount when replacing old and inefficient vehicles with newer, more eco-friendly vehicles. It seems to have been a success because 318,628 new vehicle orders have been accepted since its inception in April 2009. The scheme was extended last year to allow newer vehicles (V-reg cars and eight-year-old vans) to qualify.

The fund still contains enough money to subsidise another 82,000 new vehicle orders, so if you’ve been considering taking advantage of the scheme, take action now to ensure you can still benefit from the savings.

Of the 38 vehicle manufacturers signed up to the scheme, Toyota is offering a similar incentive. Their new ‘Swappage’ scheme allows purchasers of selected Toyota models to swap their seven to 10 year old vehicle, i.e. W-reg and 52-reg number plates, for a £2,000 saving on an eligible new Toyota Yaris, Toyota Auris or Toyota Avensis.

The vehicle for trading must be DVLA registered, insured, and have a valid MoT certificate. The registered keeper of the vehicle must have owned the vehicle for the last 12 consecutive months.

A greater incentive is offered to customers who choose the Toyota Avensis because it is built in Derbyshire, UK. For this swap there is an additional £500 available on T2 models and £750 on TR and T4 models.

Other car manufacturers such as Chevrolet and Mercedes-Benz are offering similar swappage schemes that extend beyond the Government deadline.

For fantastic personalised registrations to suit Toyota or any other vehicle make or model, try a number plate search on our web site, or call us today on 01642 36 37 38.

Toyota FT-CH Appeals to 8-Bit Generation

January 14, 2010
Posted in Car news,Number Plates — Written by Helen

The North American Motor Show in Detroit runs from January 16th to 24th this month. With more than 700 vehicles on display, and 700,000 people expected to attend, the show is North America’s largest and most prestigious automotive showcase.

2009 was a tough year for the motor industry. The cars at the show reflect manufacturers’ awareness of consumers’ requirements for economy, environment, and longevity, whilst remaining fun and lively.

Toyota FT-CH concept carThe Toyota FT-CH concept car, unveiled at this years show, is an interesting hybrid car that promises to be cheaper to run than the current Toyota Prius. If the car makes it to the production line, it may be released under the Prius moniker.

It is hoped that the FT-CH will appeal to younger car buyers. The car’s designers were inspired by the “8-bit genre” which was popularised in the 1980’s by the introduction of home games consoles which used 8-bit microprocessors. Since the 1980’s, an 8-bit music and art scene has developed which is clear in the design of the car, which looks edgy, fun, and brightly coloured.

Style-conscious owners love matching number plates to stylise their cars, so something like 8 BYT would be a perfect dateless number plate investment; TT08 BYT is a great new-style plate that would suit the car well.

Cheap prefix plates include T80 BYT, T88 BYT, T800 BYT, and T888 BYT, all from £220!

Call us today on 01642 36 37 38 or visit our web site for great ideas on matching names and numbers to registrations.