Checking The CO2 Emissions Of A Car

Posted on 19 July 2017 by CarTakeBack

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Environmental news is featured in the news regularly, and there's often stories related to vehicles, emissions and our roads. With the recent change to tax bands which are now based on CO2 emissions for cars registered after March 31st 2017, the environmental effects of cars are in the spotlight more than ever. If you are thinking of buying a new or used car you can check how much CO2 it produces using the Vehicle Certification Agency's online tool. Here's our guide to help you check the emissions of a car.

How to check the emissions of a new car >

How to check the emissions of a used car >

How to check the CO2 emissions of a new car

Before you start

You'll need to know:

  • The make and model of the new car

First you need to visit the Gov.uk online CO2 emissions checker.

Step 1 of checking the emissions of a new car

Select 'New Car' from the list and click 'Next'. The website will then ask for details about the car, including the manufacturer, model, the description (what engine option the car has), fuel type, gear box and engine power.

Find new car details

 

You can narrow down your search precisely by entering information in every box - the drop-down lists will give you relevant options.

If you wish to see the details for more vehicles you can fill in just the first few boxes and leave the rest of the selections on 'All'. The website will show you the details of every new car of that model it has on its database when you click 'Next'.

 

Find new car final results page

How to check the CO2 emissions of a used car

Before you start

You'll need to know:

  • The make and model of the used car
  • The year and month that the car was first registered. You can find this on the log book (V5C), or by entering the registration into this online tool.

First you need to visit the Gov.uk online CO2 emissions checker.

Step 1 of checking the emissions of a used car

Select 'Used Car' from the list and click 'Next', and the website will ask for the car's month and year of registration.

Used car emissions check step 2

You can narrow down your search by choosing the fuel and gearbox types, manufacturer and model of the car. The description shows you the engine options that were available for that car, which you can pick from the list to narrow your search further.

By leaving the selections on 'All', the website will show you the details of every car model that it has on the database as registered during that month and year.

Check the emissions of a used car step 3

When you click 'Next', you will be shown all the cars that match your search, along with their CO2 emissions.

The details that show will be:

  • Manufacturer
  • Model
  • Description
  • Gearbox
  • Engine size
  • Fuel type
  • CO2
  • Tax band

Final step of checking CO2 emissions of a used car

If you're looking at replacing your car with something that produces less CO2, check how much money you can get for your old used or scrap car in seconds with our instant quote service.

 

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