Order Your 17 Plate Before 1st of April and Beat the Road Tax Changes

If you’re looking to buy a new car in 2017, Thames Motor Group recommends buying a model before the changes to road tax are implemented on April 1. After this date in spring, all newly registered models will adhere to the new government guidelines on vehicle tax (VED).

Under the new system, there will be a first year rate which is model dependent, followed by a standard rate for all models. Previously untaxable vehicles now have yearly rates, and the larger or more inefficient the vehicle, the higher the road tax in the first year. Many drivers who choose to buy a similar car as their current model in the future could therefore incur an cost increase on their yearly fee.

Here’s what you need to know about the changes to road tax:

  • Cars registered after April 1, 2017 will be affected by the new regulations.
  • The only cars completely exempt from road tax are zero-emissions vehicles.
  • The first year rate of road tax will vary considerably from car to car, depending on the emissions. Here are some rates for low, medium and high emissions as examples:
    • cars with 76-90g/km of CO2 will cost £100 in the first year;
    • cars with 151-170g/km of CO2 will cost £500 in the first year;
    • cars with over 226-255g/km of CO2 will cost £1,700 in the first year.
  • After the first year rate, all cars will pay the standard rate for road tax costing £140 a year, regardless of emissions.
  • Cars that cost £40,000 or more when brand new, including zero-emissions vehicles, will pay an additional rate of £310 a year for five years.


How to avoid the increase

To avoid an increase in your road tax, it is worth investing in a new model before April 1 to benefit from the old system. By buying a low-emissions vehicle now, you could also still benefit from the zero road tax.

New VED system - for cars registered on or after 1st of April 2017
Emissions (g/CO2/km) First year rate Standard rate*
0 £0 £0
1-50 £10 £140
51-75 £25 £140
76-90 £100 £140
91-100 £120 £140
101-110 £140 £140
111-130 £160 £140
131-150 £200 £140
151-170 £500 £140
171-190 £800 £140
191-225 £1200 £140
226-255 £1700 £140
over 255 £2000 £140

*cars over £40,000 pay £310 supplement for 5 years


Thames Motor Group has a great range of new and used models on offer, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Jeep, Fiat, Peugeot and Citroën. Our experienced and enthusiastic sales team can help you find your ideal car and prevent you from getting stung by the new changes to VED. View our latest offers by clicking on the logos below.

For more information, contact the team at Thames at either Slough (01753 788000) or Tunbridge Wells (01892 549766).

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