From next Saturday, August 1, those who want to buy a new car and have an old one to be scrapped will be able to count on state incentives. Savings are important because you can go up to 3,500 euros for petrol or diesel engines. For greener cars, however, you can go up to 6,500 for hybrids and 10,000 euros for electric cars.

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Less pollution, more safety

After months in which the automotive sector was in great pain for asphyxiated sales in Europe (compared to 2019: -52% in March, – 78% in April and -57% in May, -24% in June), this provision of the government could give a big helping hand to raise the deep red balance sheets of the last few months. There is more. It will also help to update the old Italian car fleet which represents a double problem: both on the pollution side because the cars were more polluting and on road safety with millions of circulating vehicles designed when the President of the Republic was Francesco Cossiga and he bought with the never forgotten lire. According to the processing of Facile.it, carried out on official data from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport updated to 31 December 2019, 3,327,113 car number plates are still active at Euro 0 (8.4% of the total Italian cars). If the field is enlarged up to Euro 3; those in the National Motor Vehicles Archive are still around 13.4 million. Data that must also be explained. It is not said that they are all circulating but certainly worrying to know that one third of the potentially drivable cars on the road (34%) left the dealerships more than 15 years ago: the Euro 3, in fact, went out of production in 2005 and the Euro 0 even in 1992.

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Data: Facile.it
Data: Facile.it

The map of older cars

If you go down you look at the map of the regions with the most old cars, Campania stands out, which has over 503 thousand private cars Euro 0: about one sixth of the Italian total. Behind him is Sicily (429,000) while in third place is Lombardy (383,000). Of course Lombardy, Campania and Sicily are three of the four regions with the most inhabitants in Italy and, therefore, it could also be normal that they have more old cars in absolute values. For this reason, the data must also be observed on a percentage basis. In this ranking, Campania is still confirmed in first place where Euro 0 represents 14 percent of all cars while Calabria is in second place (13.7%) while Sicily drops to third place (12.6 %). If the analysis is done at the provincial level, it emerges that the Napoli black jersey (15.77%) then Reggio Calabria (15.32%) and Vibo Valentia (15.25%). The province of Rome (8.63%) exceeds the national average while that of Milan has a share of 6.60 percent. If you broaden the analysis and analyze the park up to Euro 3, at the regional level, Calabria passes (48.3% of the total), then Sicily (47.9%) and then Campania (46, 7%).

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The increase in costs

Often for consumers, an old car entails higher maintenance and fuel costs. According to Facile.it, one of the leading comparators in Italy, there is also a reflection on the motor liability insurance policy. In confirmation of the increase in the cost of the RC car, Facile.it compared the premium required to insure a 1,200 cc displacement city car, Euro 3 registered in 2005 with that required to ensure the same car model, in the its most recent version, Euro 6 and registered in 2020, explains Andrea Polo who directs the communication. According to our simulations, the best rate available online to insure the old car up to 156 percent higher than that needed to protect the new vehicle, Polo concludes.

July 29, 2020 (change July 29, 2020 | 10:55)

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