Great news... numerous fantastic cars are eligible for free road tax saving motorists a small fortune.
Great news... numerous fantastic cars are eligible for free road tax saving motorists a small fortune. But how? Cars registered from March 1st 2001 are taxed according to their emissions. As such, every car sits on a scale from A to M with each letter associated with a price. Costs can also vary between new cars and those requiring subsequent tax discs. For example, a car sits in band 'I' if its emissions range from 176g/km to 185g/km. The first year rate for petrol and diesel cars in this category is £325, falling to £215 from year two. Also, it costs £1,030 to tax 'M' classified cars in year one - then £475. To consistently obtain free tax discs emissions must be 100g/km or less. Let us consider a few examples.Our first contender is the Nissan Micra 1.2 DIG-S Visia 5d. This supermini's emissions are a rock-bottom 95g/km, it averages 68.9mpg, and could be yours for £11,250. Very nice – particularly as it has confident handling, excellent build quality, and plenty of equipment. The same can be said for the £15,265 VW Polo BlueMotion 1.2 TDI 3dr. This is even kinder to the environment as it averages 80.7mpg and emissions are only 91g/km. Both have reasonable acceleration too, reaching 62mph in 11.3 and 13.9 seconds respectively. Cars that can be taxed for free also include the: Citroen C3 1.4 HDi 16v VT, the Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Pop, the Ford Fiesta Edge Econetic 1.6 TDCi DPF 3dr, and the Kia Picanto 1.25 Halo EcoDynamics. It is worth buying these vehicles now while the current road tax system is in place. After all, every new car will soon sit in the 100g/km or less category causing the Government's tax revenue to fall. The charging criteria will then change. Oh dear.