Vehicle Tax - What Tax Do I Need For My Car?

Posted on 10 September 2019 by CarTakeBack

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There have been a few changes to vehicle tax recently based on the fuel type of your car. So whether you're the owner of a petrol, diesel, hybrid or electric car, we've made it easy to see where you stand on taxing your car.

Electric Vehicle Owners

Do I need to pay vehicle tax?

You don't need to pay to tax an electric vehicle with a list price of under £40,000, however, if you have a car that has zero emissions you'll still need to register it as being taxed, even though there is no tax to pay.

Register your electric car for zero tax on the Gov website 

Tax for new electric cars worth over £40,000

If your car has a list price of more than £40,000 and was registered after the 31st March 2017, you'll have to pay £320 a year for the first five years.

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Petrol and Diesel Car Owners

How much is my vehicle tax?

Vehicle tax rates vary for petrol and diesel cars depending on the age, emissions and value.

Tax for petrol and diesel cars registered from 2017

If your car was registered on or after the 1st April 2017 and has a list price of less than £40,000, you'll pay a bespoke rate of tax based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle for the first 12 months. After a year, there is a set rate for all cars of £145 per year, no matter the level of emissions.

Tax for older petrol and diesel cars

If your car was registered before the 1st April 2017, the yearly vehicle tax rate depends on the level of CO2 emissions. Check the gov website for the current rates.

Tax for new petrol and diesel cars worth over £40,000

If your car has a list price of more than £40,000, you'll have to pay an extra £320 a year for the first five years, in addition to the standard tax rates.

Calculate your petrol or diesel vehicle tax rate 

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Hybrid Car Owners

How much is my vehicle tax?

Hybrid vehicles are known as 'Alternative Fuel Vehicles' in terms of tax. The vehicle tax you need to pay for a hybrid car depends on the value, age, and emissions.

Tax for hybrids cars registered from 2017

If your car was registered on or after the 1st April 2017 and has a list price of less than £40,000, you'll pay a bespoke rate of tax based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle for the first 12 months. After a year, there is a set rate for all cars of £135 per year, no matter the level of emissions.

Tax for older hybrid cars

If your car was registered before the 1st April 2017, the yearly vehicle tax rate depends on the level of CO2 emissions. Check the gov website for the current rates for your hybrid car.

Tax for new hybrids worth over £40,000

If your hybrid vehicle is worth more than £40,000 you'll have to pay an extra £320 a year for the first five years, in addition to the standard tax rates.

Calculate your hybrid vehicle tax rate 

Hybrid car tail light

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