The recently enacted 'End-of-Life Vehicles Regulations 2005' make manufacturers responsible for establishing a nationwide take-back network for qualifying end-of-life vehicles at no cost to the final owner, and for their environmentally-friendly disposal.
By January 1 carmakers must have an operational take-back network in place, and by January 1, 2007 they must take back all qualifying vehicles.
Suzuki has signed a comprehensive 10-year agreement with Autogreen to provide a full, free service for owners who eventually wish to dispose of their cars.
BMW said all its customers will be entitled to free take-back of their car once it has reached the end of its serviceable life. This means that owners of BMW Group vehicles, regardless of where they were bought, the age of the vehicle or whether they have been serviced outside of the BMW and Mini dealer networks, will be able to have their cars disposed of. The group said the process ensures that 85% of the vehicle by weight will be recovered and recycled.