Mercedes Benz to offer Diesel Trading Scheme

Diesel trade-ins allow generous price reductions on low-emission vehicles

German automaker Mercedes-Benz has been encouraging eco-friendly driving practices for a while. Their latest push for a reduction in emissions involves offering customers massive price discounts on newer, emission-friendly vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz has been encouraging drivers to ditch their old, high emission vehicles with a diesel trading scheme. The car manufacturer is offering drivers the opportunity to “trade in” their old diesel vehicle, receiving a discount on a newer, low-emission vehicle. Drivers in the UK can receive up to £2,000 off a new Euro 6 Diesel, hybrid or electric vehicle.

Eligible vehicles for this trade-in scheme include any diesel vehicle made between 1992 and 2010 as well as the Euro 1 and Euro 4. To offer a more affordable, eco-friendly option, drivers will have the option of receiving £1,000 off a Smart Electric Drive car, a subsidiary of Mercedes.

The scheme will run until December 31st, 2017. This incentive follows the recalls of millions of BMW, Audi, VW and Mercedes vehicles across Europe in a bid to slowly remove all high-emission vehicles from roads.

Hopefully, schemes like this will help make brand new low-emission vehicles more accessible to the general population. We admire that Mercedez is offering a cheaper option for trade ins, since being able to afford a brand new Mercedez is unrealistic for a lot of consumers. We hope to see more companies outside of Europe release similar schemes for high-emission diesel vehicles. Over time, similar schemes could allow for a significant reduction in vehicle emissions on the road.