Late-90s cars 'back on the market'

Late 1990s vehicles are emerging again on to the used market, after the end of the Government's "cash for bangers" scheme, according to an expert.

It was predicted that most cheaper used cars would be traded in and scrapped under the scheme, thereby helping to increase the values of the remaining models.

However, motoring expert Honest John said claims that the majority of late-90s cars would be scrapped under the scheme seem to have been "greatly exaggerated".

Following a visit to a major BCA car auction, the motoring expert said: "You couldn't move for late 1990s cars at the auction I went to and there were plenty of bargains to be had, which is great news for motorists who are on a tight budget but still want a decent set of wheels.

"For example, a 2000W Peugeot 206 1.4LX 3 door went for £650 - £300 below the listed trade price and a solid 97R Nissan with 57,000 miles on the clock sold for just £350. The Peugeot 206 was bought by two girls without any assistance from a bloke.

"What this sale told me was that the scrappage scheme did a good job - but it didn't wipe out late 1990's cars. That means that used buyers who don't have much money to spend will still be able to find a car that meets their budget. And that is crucial to keep Britain motoring."

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