Buying a used car can be a difficult process if you’re doing so from a private owner or dodgy garage. It can be hard to actually determine the history or quality of the car ahead of purchase which could leave you out of pocket down the line. Vehicle excise duty, otherwise known as car tax, is a necessity for the majority of motorists on the roads in Britain. With the latest revisions to VED over the past few years, it has also become more expensive for a large proportion of drivers.
Under the new rules, only all-electric vehicles costing under £40,000 are expect from paying car tax as EVs costing over this price have to pay a £310 luxury vehicle surcharge for five years.
However, used car buyers could end up buying a vehicle and not paying rod tax on it by following some simple advice.
Cars registered between February 201 and April 2017 operation on a CO2-based system, with higher polluting cars paying more.
Under the system, vehicles that emit less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide don’t pay any road tax at all. As a result, PA Motoring has put together a list of good used cars which won’t pay any road tax.
Mini Cooper D
The Mini Cooper D powered by a 1.5-litre is an efficient engine especially for long stances and decent performance. This British icon also escapes paying any car tax.
BMW 320d EfficientDynamics
BMW diesel engines are known for their efficiency and the 3 Series has also been the first choice in the compact executive cruiser market. It’s a capable, stylish and reliable car which will be able to chunk off motorway miles as well as give you a thrill on a country road.
Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI Greenline
The Octavia is the sister vehicle to the VW Golf and is practical and well equipped. It has more more passenger and boot space from some cars in the class above it. When powered by the Greenline model it isn’t necessarily going to blow you away with its performance but is smooth and has a decent amount of torque.
The Kia is a small city car with good looks and is cheap to run on the roads. Available with both petrol and diesel car the vehicle is more suited to shorter distances and has good handling and interior.
Certain versions of the Volkswagen up! dip below 100g/km and is a perfect city cruiser. It has enough space for four people and is fun to drive due to its supple suspension and finesse.
Citroen C4 Grand Picasso 1.6 e-HDI
It’s not the prettiest car on the road but it is remarkable that the people carrier emits just 99g/km of CO2 emissions.
Therefore, you can drive a seven-seater car and not pay any road tax at all. While it’s not the best looking car, for an MPV it is relatively stylish.
The Toyota Prius is perhaps the most famous hybrid in the world and has a smooth powertrain and longevity.
Jaguar XE 2.0d
The Jaguar XE is a great car and genuine competitor to the BMW 3 Series. The super stylish saloon is not only fun to drive but a powerful long distance cruiser.
Fiat 500 TwinAir
It’s a cute and iconic city car which has been around for a long time but is still super popular. The TwinAir variant is another car which qualifies for zero road tax, and it’s a relatively good-value option on the used car market too.
Ford Fiesta 1.6 TDCi Econetic
Ford Fiesta is one of the best-selling cars in Britain and has been for years. They are solid performers and are great all-rounders and the fact that the TDCi Econetic version qualifies for zero-tax is a bonus.