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Published Date: 19/01/2017

Following on from the budget of July 2016, new road tax laws are set to come into force on the 1st April. How will this affect your new Audi purchase?

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With the dawn of a new year comes inevitable change within the car world, and there are few changes as controversial as this April’s new road tax system. From the first of the month, Vehicle Excise Duty, known as VED or road tax, will be operated under a new banding system that strives to strike a balance between the sharp increase in hybrid vehicles and associated low-emission technologies, and the effect it has had on the treasury.

Advancements made in hybrid vehicle technology have leapt past the taxation laws; many vehicles regarded as ‘regular’ with hybrid capabilities are included in the coveted tax-free bracket. Although these innovations are a positive step, the review in taxation was inevitable with so many cars flying under the taxable radar.

From 1 April 2017, every newly registered car will be taxed in accordance to a drastically overhauled set of CO2 bands for its first year on the road; only fully electric or hydrogen fuel-cell cars with zero emissions will be liable for the lowest, tax-free band.

From the second year, zero-emission cars under a value of £40,000 will continue to be tax-free, and cars of any other band taxed a minimum of £140 a year. If your vehicle has a value above £40,000 it will be taxed an extra ‘Premium’ fee of £310 a year, regardless of its CO2 band, up until its fifth year on the road.

Unsure how this will effect you? Check the table below.
CO2 Emissions (g/km) First year rate Standard rate (year two onwards)
for cars costing <£40,000 – payable for five years
Standard rate (year two onwards)
for cars costing >£40,000 – payable for five years
0 £0 £0 £310
1-50 £10 £140 £450
51-75 £25 £140 £450
76-90 £100 £140 £450
91-100 £120 £140 £450
101-110 £140 £140 £450
111-130 £160 £140 £450
131-150 £200 £140 £450
151-170 £500 £140 £450
171-190 £800 £140 £450
191-225 £1,200 £140 £450
226-255 £1,700 £140 £450
More than 255 £2,000 £140 £450

With these rule changes in mind, is it better to purchase your new Audi before they come into force? Using WhatCar? calculations, we can reveal how much the running of a new Audi A4 Saloon could change.

Price: £34,700 | CO2 emissions: 114g/km
  First Year Tax Rate Standard Tax Rate Cost Over Three Years 
Current Legislation Free £30 £60
From 1 April 2017 £160 £140 £440

Be advised; while the running costs of most cars will become more expensive, some of our less environmentally-focused cars, such as the R8 Coupé, work out cheaper over extended periods of time under the new taxation laws.

No matter what kind of car you are looking for, be sure to contact your local Inchcape Audi centre for an expert guide to all things Audi.

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