UK BMW Offers Cash Discounts for New Diesel Vehicles

Posted 12/11/17

BMW has a new scheme, at least in the UK. The car manufacturer is offering drivers of pre-2009 diesel vehicles a £2,000 discount to “go green,” or if you translate the car salesman talk, “buy a brand new car.”

The news sales tactic was inspired by threats by the UK government to develop a diesel scrappage program. It failed to follow through, but apparently BMW figured it might work as a great sales campaign to sell new cars.

Ford is also running a similar program in the UK.

“Going Green” More About Profits than Environment

The moves will help reduce pollution. The more brand new diesel cars we have on the road, the less pollution. But BMW is likely doing it more from a sales portfolio standpoint than out of concern for the planet. Cars sales everywhere have been waning since 2011, with sales expected to drop another 2.6 percent this year.

“These initiatives are obviously there to boost sales of new cars, but if they are going to take polluting diesel cars off the road, then that has to be a good thing,” Edmund King, president of the AA, told the Telegraph. “I expect other manufacturers will follow suit and offer diesel drivers incentives to trade in, as it is attractive for them to do.”

And that in turn lowers demand on used diesels.

“Fears are now growing that values will begin to fall as demand for used diesel cars is declining,” the Telegraph reported. “Data from the SMMT shows that there are approximately 19.3 million pre-Euro 5 emission level passenger cars on UK roads.”

Signs Your Jaguar Needs New Brakes

So you’re cranking that Jaguar, weaving in and out of traffic like James Bond at his best, when brake lights bring you to a grinding halt, literally. Squealing or grinding brakes are never good. It’s time to bring that Jaguar in for repair. Another sign you need a brake job is a clicking sound, which may indicate your components have come loose. And if it seems like the car is taking longer than it should to stop, time to bring it in. Does one side pull to the other? That’s a sign of bad brakes, though it could also mean your car is out of alignment. Also watch out for vibrating brake pedals.