The Governmentâ€™s scrappage incentive scheme has not had a negative impact on the aftermarket.
This is the belief of Malcolm Tagg, director general of the VBRA, who applauded the initiativeâ€™s stimulus effect on the new car market.
More than 200k new cars have been ordered under the scheme since it was launched in May 2009.
â€œI believe the Government have got things right,â€ he said.
â€œIt might have been expected that opening the taps at the head of the process by which vehicles are brought onto the roads would rub off in some way with repairers and in other aftermarket sectors.
â€œThis is an expectation based on the supposition that older cars generate more work for repairers and others but it is in fact not totally the case.”
Tagg said that because damaged older vehicles are usually third party insured and of low value, they tend to be written-off rather than being repaired.
“Overall we must view the scrappage scheme as a useful initiative that has brought benefits to the main vehicle manufacturers,â€ he added.
â€œThe scheme itselfâ€¦ has not provided any benefits to the repair market although it has not harmed it in any way either, the net impact being neutral.â€
The news comes after CAT sister publication WhatCar? called for an extension to the scrappage scheme.
The magazine said that this would allow car buyers to offset a 9.5% hike in new car prices and the likelihood of an additional 2.5% increase when the Government, as it is expected to do, restores VAT to its 17.5% standard rate in the New Year.
Steve Fowler, WhatCar? editor, said that extending the financial incentive to buy a new car â€œwill help to boost the UK economy and speed our exit from recessionâ€.
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