most scrapped car 2023

According to UK car reviewer Auto Express, the most scrapped car of 2023 was the Ford Focus.

An annual tally reported that 798,363 cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) were scrapped in 2023, and a whopping 42,637 of them were Ford Focus models. That’s approximately 5 per cent, or 1 out of every 20 scrap vehicles.

The Ford Focus has been a family favourite on UK roads since 1998! Unsurprisingly, it was also the most scrapped car of 2022 and 2021.

Let’s take a look at some more of last year’s ‘victims’…


Top 10 most scrapped cars 2023

After the Ford Focus, the Vauxhall Astra was a close second. 35,578 of them were scrapped in 2023.

Below are the top 10 most scrapped cars of the year:

  1. Ford Focus - 42,637
  2. Vauxhall Astra - 35,578
  3. Vauxhall Corsa - 34,405
  4. Ford Fiesta - 32,935
  5. Vauxhall Zafira - 26,898
  6. Volkswagen Golf - 25,903
  7. Renault Clio - 14,955
  8. Ford Mondeo -14,218
  9. Volkswagen Polo - 13,722
  10. BMW 3 Series - 13,642

The question is, will the Ford Focus remain king of the scrapyard in 2024, or will a different car snatch the crown this year? Well, that’s up to you...


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Then, if you’re happy to accept, simply arrange a time to drop off your vehicle or organise a collection with one of our dealers! It really is as simple as that.

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