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2018-07-04 12:00

Robin Classen

Image: Deutsche Welle

The UK's car-scrappage schemes means car owners can trade in dirty diesels for a bit of extra cash towards a more fuel-efficient ride.

Cars that once rolled off the showroom floor brand new, now find themselves expended and stacked on top of one another missing doors, windows or wheels.

Premiums to trade in dirty diesels for new cars mean that lots of parts are there for the taking.

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Most of the cars brought in for scrap are in relatively good condition with some of them fresh from passing a roadworthy test and can still operate for a good few years.

Owners can get as much as €10 000 (about R 158 000) for their scrapped vehicle because it will eventually be broken up and sold for parts.

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