Check the emissions of a used car

Follow these steps 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

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