Road Tax FAQ
Q. How can I find out the cost to tax a brand new car?
A. Brand new cars are eligible for a ‘First Year Rate’ which was introduced into the UK on 1st April 2010. Full details here:
first year road tax.
Q. How can I find out the cost to tax a used car?
A. Used cars fall into the ongoing road tax bandings –
click here for details.
Q. Why does my VED renewal cost differ from the details on one of your pages?
A. Individual car pages on this website detail the specifications
from the latest model cars; older models, or models with a slightly different specification/trim, may have different co2 emission levels leading to a different cost. Read
used car road tax for details
of how to calculate the cost for your car specifically.
Q. What were the changes in the 2016 budget?
A. The Chancellor announced in his budget on the 16th
March 2016 that VED rates would increase by the rate of inflation only from April 2016. New prices are listed here:
road tax 2016
Q. Which cars are free to tax?
A. Under current legislation, cars that produce 100 g/km of co2 or less fall into road tax band A and these cars enjoy free VED in both the first year and subsequent years. For a full list of new band A cars read our
road tax band A guide.
Q. Do low emission cars do more miles to the gallon?
A. The technology employed in manufacturing cars that produce low levels of co2 also helps improve fuel efficiency, so many of the lowest emission cars are also amongst the best in terms of MPG performance. Read our
best MPG cars guide.
Q. Are low emission cars cheaper to insure?
A. There’s no direct correlation between low emissions and low insurance; in addition insurance cost varies based on individual circumstances. We have, however, listed the lowest insurance group cars with the lowest emissions in our
cheapest cars to tax and insure guide.
Q. What is the correct term, VED, car tax or road tax?
A. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is the official term for the taxation of motor vehicles. ‘Car tax’ and ‘road tax’ are more common variations used in conversation and we choose to use all three terms throughout this website.
Standard VED bands for used
cars from April 2016: