Budget 2020: Road Tax rates for used cars in 2020/2021

Published 11 March 2020

These are 2020/2021 rates of Vehicle Excise Duty (also known as car tax or road tax) as announced in the Budget 2020.

VED bands and rates for used cars registered on or after 1 March 2001 but before 1 April 2017. Higher 2020/21 rates take effect on 1 April 2020.

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CO2 emissions (g/km)Standard rate (2020-2021)
Up to 100 £0
101-110 £20
111-120 £30
121-130 £130
131-140 £150
141-150 £165
151-165 £205
166-175 £240
176-185 £265
186-200 £305
201-225 £330
226-255 £565
Over 255 £580

VED bands and rates for cars/vans registered before 1 March 2001

Engine sizeTax year 2020 to 2021
1549cc and below £165
Above 1549cc £270

SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about Road Tax

Comments

james04cooper    on 12 March 2020

So the current anomaly that has a 2006 Porsche Cayman (provided it was registered before ist March) - costing you £325/year - and yet one (with the EXACT SAME ENGINE - producing 254g/km) - registered a day later - will cost you £555.... that's going yes?

There are quite a few cases similar to that.

How come you don't talk about this in the article? Surprised nobody at Honest John has picked up on this.

One reason I was thinking of buying an early 2006 Cayman - or late 2005 - is that the tax is the same as it is on my current 2006 Mini Cooper S. Now it looks like that will shoot up to £565 - so not so keen to make that swap anymore.




Mr Nexus    on 12 March 2020

My suggestion would be to buy a 40 year old Landrover - no tax at all!!

Cornish Jimbob    on 12 March 2020

My suggestion would be to buy a 40 year old Landrover - no tax at all!!

Except it's still a 40 year old Landrover and the additional tax would be recovered at the fuel pump within the first month of ownership

Roger Hulme    on 12 March 2020

VED is completely unfair. I have a superbly maintained 2011 Mazda MX-5 RC 2.0L. I do less than 4000 miles p.a using Shell V-Power U/L, only use it for pleasure motoring and it returns 38 mpg.
When it has an MOT the emissions are extremely low.The VED is £265. I would much prefer VED to be abolished and instead for that amount of tax to be collected on fuel. Since tax discs were discontinued the number of motorists failing to tax their cars has increased - they would have no choice but to pay if the tax was on fuel.

dadbif    on 12 March 2020

I agree with you 100%, I have just taxed my 1992 1.6 mx5, the emissions are extremely low, yet like you it costs me £265, £270 next time.
VED should be abolished and added to fuel, then those that drive the most would pay the most.

theanalyst    on 13 March 2020

Like most motorists I totally agree that VED is iniquitous and should be replaced by a fuel-based tax. High milers emit more emissions and affect roads and other road users far more than those with low mileage use. It would also be far cheaper for the government to administer and collect and would catch the VED avoiders.

DaveWK    on 13 March 2020

70% of fuel cost at the pump is tax, including tax on tax.
Our fifteen year old Corsa does 3,000 miles a year at 30mpg and VED is over £260. We pay more than new car owners doing more miles at 50mpg or electric environment (joke) friendly battery vehicles.
The roads are a disgrace. Charge foreign trucks for mileage in UK, easily checked by tachograph and tolls collected at ports. Many have additional tanks, fill up at Calais and buy no fuel in England.
Maybe now we’re out of the EU we won’t have so many carrying forty tonnes of carrots from Valencia to Scotland.

Alex Walker    on 14 March 2020

If your car only does 30mpg it's obviously putting more emissions out than other small cars.

GET RID OF IT.

POB123    on 13 March 2020

If we abolished VED there would be a lot of people in Wales without a job!

farmideas    on 13 March 2020

Not everyone does a low mileage. I travel across the UK looking at innovative machinery and methods devised by farmers and clock up 20,000+ a year. There's no alternative as the farms aren't close to railway stations. Hiring cars is a nightmare as they search for, and penalise scratches you never noticed when accepting the car. I don't want to pay more fuel tax - I pay enough anyway. Using the car is the only unsubsidised form of transport, so society gains from my high mileage. Agree with the Land Rover idea though!

Keith Moat    on 13 March 2020

Not everyone does a low mileage. I travel across the UK looking at innovative machinery and methods devised by farmers and clock up 20,000+ a year. There's no alternative as the farms aren't close to railway stations. Hiring cars is a nightmare as they search for, and penalise scratches you never noticed when accepting the car. I don't want to pay more fuel tax - I pay enough anyway. Using the car is the only unsubsidised form of transport, so society gains from my high mileage. Agree with the Land Rover idea though!

And do you buy your own fuel or does the company pay for it and claim VAT back ?

xaghra    on 13 March 2020

I have a I.9 VW Passat so my new tax rate which I have just paid is £200 and low millage but I do not agree with a tax at the pump as pay enough already

Fergus Doncaster    on 13 March 2020

I own a Honda S2000 and use it only in the summer months covering less than 3000 miles. Road tax now £565. A similar car but a few years older pays about half the amount.
My wife owns a 3 year old diesel golf and covers in excess of 20000 miles a year.
Road tax £20.00.
My daughter has a 3 year old petrol fiesta and covers and also covers over 20000 miles.
Road tax £00.00
So this meant to be a fair tax system????
I also own a VW Touareg 5000 miles a year for which you need a bank lone to pay the tax.
No electric car suggestions as i tow a trailer for motor sport.

VINCENT MILLARD    on 20 March 2020

Sounds like you have a great time in Most summer Months, If you drove a Car that actually Passed Euro Cap 6 instead of cheating it, You would find your Road Tax would be £30 pa, just like mine!

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