Car Tax Changes Explained

Car Tax Changes Explained

From 1st April 2017, new car tax rules will come into effect that mean it could cost more to tax new vehicles. However, if you buy your new car before 1st April, the current tax rates will still apply. In other words, you could potentially save money by buying your Audi sooner rather than later. Depending on the model and the options you specify, you could end up saving yourself a substantial sum of money. So, if you're considering buying a new car soon, read on to find out how much you might save before these 2017 car tax changes come in.

  • It's most crucial to beat the new car tax deadline if you're considering a car that has higher CO2 emissions or costs over £40,000. In the first year, you will pay substantially more than you currently would if your car emits more than 150g/km CO2. This could affect many Audi models, including Audi S and RS models and many SUVs in the Audi Q range. For Audis costing over £40,000, the tax rate is no different in the first year, but thereafter you will pay a five year supplementary charge of £310 for five years.

    These changes are all due to the way manufacturers like Audi have been so successful in reducing vehicle emissions. With more cars than ever costing very little to tax under the current system, the government has had to make revisions to redress this shortfall in income. However, you can still beat the government's new tax regime by buying your new Audi before 1st April 2017. For more information, take a look at the tables below. Or pop in to your local Group 1 Audi dealership and have a chat with our helpful and knowledgeable sales team, who will be happy to give you all the information you need about how specific Audi models are affected by these car tax changes. For full details, visit the gov.uk website.

    First year road tax after 1st April 2017:

    CO2 emissions (g/km) Petrol (TC48) and diesel cars (TC49) Alternative fuel cars (TC59)
    0 £0 £0
    1 - 50 £10 £0
    51 - 75 £25 £15
    76 - 90 £100 £90
    91 - 100 £120 £110
    101 - 110 £140 £130
    111 - 130 £160 £150
    131 - 150 £200 £190
    151 - 170 £500 £490
    171 - 190 £800 £790
    191 - 225 £1,200 £1,190
    226 - 255 £1,700 £1,690
    Over 255 £2,000 £1,990

    After the first year, you will pay:

    Electric vehicle Alternative fuel Petrol or diesel
    £0 £130 £140

    New vehicles over £40,000:

    For vehicles with a list price of more than £40,000 (including options added and before any discounts), you'll pay the standard CO2 emissions-based rate for the first year. After that, you'll pay the standard amount, plus an additional yearly rate of £310 for the next five years.

    Fuel type Standard annual rate Additional rate  Total annual payment
    Electric £0 £310 £310
    Alternative £130 £310 £440
    Petrol or diesel £140 £310 £450

    After 5 years, you’ll then pay the standard annual road tax rate.

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