Which cars are the most scrapped in 2021?

Conversion premium, damaged vehicle… Many reasons can to scrap a car. In all, 847,880 end-of-life vehicles (ELV) were sent for scrapping in 2021. Unsurprisingly, French models, also the most common in France, are the most present in scrapping.

Almost 850,000 cars were scrapped in 2021

In total, the 1,700 processing centers and 60 approved shredders in France collected 847,880 end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in 2021. This represents more than half of the 1.69 million vehicles registered that year. Per day, this also represents more than 2,300 vehicles destroyed per day in 2021.

Remember that a car can be scrapped for different reasons. Generally, a vehicle is scrapped when it is no longer running and can no longer be repaired. To find out, a repairer can carry out a complete diagnosis of the vehicle. Besides, he is obligatory to bring a vehicle which one wishes to get rid of to an approved wrecker or shredder. Otherwise, you expose yourself to a fine of 75,000 euros and 2 years in prison.

Another recurring reason for scrapping a vehicle is to be able to benefit from the conversion bonus. This state aid makes it possible to obtain a bonus on the purchase of a cleaner vehicle than the previous one, new or used. Thus, 114,737 vehicles scrapped in 2021 came from the conversion bonus. In total, more than 900,000 conversion bonuses or “scrap bonuses” have been distributed over the past 5 years, for an average amount of 2,700 euros per motorist.

Other information: if the scrapping bonus is dedicated to diesel vehicles registered before 2011, and petrol models registered before 2006, the average age of ELVs sent for scrapping is around 20 years old.


The ranking of the most scrapped cars in 2021

Unsurprisingly, the french cars are the ones most frequently found in the scrapyard. The latter are by far the most numerous on our national roads. 61% of these end-of-life cars run on diesel, according to data from AAA Data. There are also models from foreign manufacturers popular in France: Volkswagen Golf, Ford Fiesta or Opel Corsa.

here is the ranking of the most scrapped models in 2021 :

  1. Renault Megane (87 118)
  2. Renault Clio (78930)
  3. Peugeot 206 (44,797)
  4. Citroen Xsara (34 146)
  5. Renault Twingo (28,438)
  6. Renault Laguna (26,794)
  7. Peugeot 307 (25,683)
  8. Peugeot 306 (21906)
  9. Vauxhall Corsa
  10. volkswagen golf
  11. Ford Fiesta

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