£2000 towards a new set of wheels: The car scrappage scheme

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The One Show Team | 16:13 UK time, Thursday, 5 November 2009

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A car being scrappedIn the studio tonight, Dom Littlewood talked about the government's car scrappage scheme.

The vehicle discount or 'scrappage' scheme is a voluntary scheme for motor dealers. If a dealer joins they'll give you £2,000 off a new vehicle if you let them scrap your old one.

More than 250,000 old cars have already been taken off the road under the scheme. 

At the end of September it was announced that the scheme would be extended to cover 100,000 more cars and vans.

What age does my old car have to be?

The car being traded in has to be approximately 10 years old or older.

The old car had to be registered on or before 29 February 2000. This is an extension to the previous deadline which said the old car had to be registered by 31 August 1999.

How much money can I get towards a new car? How do I apply?

This remains the same as previously - £2,000 - with half coming from the government, and half from the car manufacturer. The dealer will sort out all the paperwork, and the £2,000 will be deducted from the price of the car.



Changes to the blog sign-in

The One Show Team | 11:13 UK time, Monday, 2 November 2009

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If you often leave comments on The One Show blogs you may notice that there's a new, blue, sign in button at the end of each blog.

Detail fom the screen shown when your log-in has been updatedThere's a new button because the BBC has a new blog sign-in system called BBC iD.

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Cold Calling Zones: How to deter door-to-door sellers

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The One Show Team | 13:32 UK time, Thursday, 29 October 2009


Cold callers and door-to-door sales people can be an unwelcome distraction to many homes. For many older residents cold callers can be intimidating, especially after dark. Although cold calling is legal, there are ways to deter doorstep sellers from showing up at your home.

A cold caller at the door

Lucy Siegle visited one neighbourhood in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, that has set up a cold calling free zone.

With the help of the police and trading standards, signs have been erected and stickers are in evidence in windows warning door to door sellers that they're not wanted.

Other neighbourhoods are able set up their own no cold calling zones, although every council differs slightly in their approach.

More tips on dealing with cold callers

  • Always ask for an identity card and check it carefully.
  • Keep front and back doors locked and only deal with callers by appointment.
  • Fit a door bar/chain and use it.
  • To ensure personal security, you can ask to use passwords with companies you trust. You simply choose a personal password which will only be given to the representative who needs to visit you.

What's your top - polite and legal - tip to prevent cold callers from pestering you? Let us know below.


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