Don’t be an April Car Tax Fool

There are major changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty system for new cars coming into effect on April 1 and they are likely to affect just about everyone.

And the HonestJohn.co.uk website, renowned for its good advice, suggests that around 70 per cent of car buyers will lose out. But talk to your nearest Freeborn Group sales team and we will do our best to help you beat the March 31 deadline for the changes.

We think March could be one of the busiest months ever for new car registrations so we have everything in place to help you keep your motoring costs down.

Only vehicles that emit 0g/km C02 will be eligible for £0 initial and continuing car tax from April 1 but the good news is that the current system in place since 2010, with £0 first registration tax for cars in Bands A to D emitting up to 130 g/km of CO2 will remain applicable to cars registered by March 31, as will the current rates of tax in subsequent years. This could bring huge savings over the lifetime of the car.

Under the new regime, cars that emit more than 225 g/km of CO2 will face a tax bill in the first year of up to £2,000 instead of £1,120 while any car costing more than a list price (not purchase price after a discount) of £40,000 will have a £310 per year surcharge for the first five annual tax renewals of its life on top of its regular road tax of £130 for alternative fuel vehicles and £140 for petrol or diesel vehicles. Fortunately, every current standard Citroen and DS model falls outside the scope of this penalty.

To see an explanation of the new rates plus details of the current system, click here