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Top 10 cars to buy before the VED changes

The way vehicles are taxed is going to change. All petrol and diesel cars registered after 1 April 2017 will pay a flat rate of £140 annually if they cost below £40,000. Cars that cost more than £40,000 will pay a £310 supplement on top of that. Click here for a more detailed explanation of the new rules.

The changes aren’t retrospective, though – so cars registered before that date will still be taxed according to their emissions. That means, for many buyers, getting in before the rule changes will save hundreds of pounds in VED. Here are 10 cars we’d recommend buying before April 1 2017.

There’s more to consider too (this is tax after all) – because under the new system first year VED is still calculated based on CO2 emissions. First year VED is included in the price you pay when you buy the car new, so it’s not likely to be noticed, but it’s still important. First year VED is included in the numbers below. 

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Toyota Prius 1.8 VVT-i

Current VED cost over four years: £0
New VED cost over four years: from £405
First year VED from 2017: from £15

The Prius is a car that most buyers choose on its eco-friendly strengths and low running costs. But despite emitting as little as 70g/km, the Prius is going to cost £130 every year in VED after 1 April, or nothing if bought before – so if you fancy the hybrid life, now is the time.

It’s a smooth, relaxing and calming car to drive, which makes it great for the cut and thrust of big cities like London. Official economy is officially more than 80mpg, which isn’t realistic in real world driving, but even so it’s likely to prove frugal for most motorists, especially those who drive in town.

Read our review of the Toyota Prius


peter moss    on 13 January 2017

Can anybody imagine what is going to happen to the second hand car market for 3/4 year old cars ?
on the plus side cars registered prior to 2017 the prices will go up , my road tax makes me laugh my Euro 4, 1.6 car cost as much to tax as 1999 4ltr jeep the only bonus is it does a bit more to the gallon !

dobble    on 23 March 2017

Seems crazy. Cars with low emissions are going to cost more. Where's the incentive to go green? It just shows that the Government is not really bothered about air pollution - they are more interested in clawing back lost revenue.

paul jenkins    on 23 March 2017

this emissions thing is all a scam our 3.5 petrol mercedes cls pumps out less emmissions than a lot of smaller cars the proof is in its annual MOT its just all a huge con so the government can take more of your hard earned cash stick to regular services never let your car run low on fuel and that keeps the emisssions at bay no matter what the government and so called experts may tell you

Brian_GTi    on 24 March 2017

To Add to Peter's comments, choosing a 3 - 6 year old will become increasingly complex. For example, if the first owner of a BMW 520d generously ticked the options list, the list price could easily exceed £40k, thus adding an extra £310 VED per year until the end of year six. Therefore a secondhand poverty spec SE will probably be worth more than a generously equipped one.

However, come the end of year 6 and you will be able to to tax an M5 for the same amount as a 520d. Role on 2023!

   on 20 April 2017

Bought a series 2bmw diesel last Nov what will happen

   on 7 July 2017

So much for the government taking efforts to tackle human caused global warming; Global warming is nothing but a hoax, and the government full well know this. This new VED change is nothing but a tax on the plebs, whilst looking after their rich chums.

Just look at how all the low emitting cars for the common man (cars that once cost nothing to tax before, like the Prius, Euro 6 diesels, small efficient sub 100 g/km emitting cars, etc) have all gone up in tax, whereas the worst emitting cars (most powerful / expensive cars that once used to cost well over £300 in VED tax - the cars most likely to be driven by those who are 'well off') will now cost no more in VED tax, than the cars that the common man drives.

The government, looking after their rich and powerful chums as always. Will never refuse to raise taxes in the name of global warming; Utter scumbags!

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