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Car Tax Rates 2019

Find out how to minimise how much you pay with our Car Tax Bands Table

It’s inevitable. Taxes go up and so, therefore, car tax costs increase and car tax bands change. One of the main focuses of the government’s car tax strategy is to increase road tax costs for higher-polluting cars. In addition, to bring in more tax revenues, even cars producing low CO2 emissions may be paying more car tax through changes in car tax bands. To find out more about road tax costs on any new car or any of our range of quality used cars, just contact our friendly sales team.

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The latest car tax rates came into force from 1st April 2018. There were two primary drivers for the current round of changes: the desire to raise road tax costs for older cars that cause more pollution and the fact that concessions for low-emission vehicles had been so successful in persuading UK motorists to opt for cars offering lower CO2 emissions that there was a reduction in the overall tax revenues available to the Treasury.

In summary, the changes mean that you end up paying more. You will pay a different and usually lower amount in your first year of ownership of your new car. For the second year and onwards, most people will pay a higher rate, which will be based on the original purchase price of your car and the type of fuel it uses.


Buy a new petrol or diesel car, registered after 1st April 2018, that produces between one and 50g/km of CO2 emissions and your road tax cost will be only £10 in the first year. However, in the second and subsequent years, the car tax cost will increase to £140 for cars costing under £40,000 and to £440 for cars costing over £40,000, using alternative fuels. However, if you choose an electric car, costing less that £40,000, your car tax cost will be zero, not just in year one, but every year. At the other end of the scale, a petrol or diesel car producing over 255g/km of emissions could cost you £2,070 in the first year. There are different rates for cars registered prior to 1st April 2018.

Take a look at the tables below to discover full details of the car tax rates 2019 to cover your car for its first 12 months:

CO2 emissions (g/km) Diesel cars (TC49) that meet the RDE2 standard and petrol cars (TC48) All other diesel cars (TC49) Alternative fuel cars (TC59)
0 £0 £0 £0
1 - 50 £10 £25 £0
51 - 75 £25 £105 £15
76 - 90 £105 £125 £95
91 - 100 £125 £145 £115
101 - 110 £145 £165 £135
111 - 130 £165 £205 £155
131 - 150 £205 £515 £195
151 - 170 £515 £830 £505
171 - 190 £830 £1,240 £820
191 - 225 £1,240 £1,760 £1,230
226 - 255 £1,760 £2,070 £1,750
Over 255 £2,070 £2,070 £2,060

Diesel cars and RDE2

There’s been a lot of fuss in the media about diesel cars and their effect on the environment, especially about older models and their NOx emissions. The result has been the introduction of a tough new testing regime under the Real Driving Emissions Step 2 (RDE2) standards, introduced in September 2017. The important factors about these new regulations is that they will measure emissions in real-world scenarios, rather than just relying on laboratory tests and that the amount of NOx emissions permissible will be substantially reduced.

New car tax prices

To minimise the effect of car tax prices when you’re thinking about your new car, just ask us for more details about any of the new car ranges we offer, so you can be car-tax wise and save on how much you pay. We can advise on the initial cost of your chosen car, give you full details of emissions and show you how much you’ll be paying in road tax, whether you’re looking at any of our new Kia, new Renault, new Mazda, new Honda or new Dacia ranges, whether you’re interested in one of our new car offers, or you’re after one of our quality used cars. And rest assured, all the car makers we represent have invested heavily in reducing emissions to help protect the environment and the health and well-being of people everywhere, especially the more vulnerable in our towns and cities.

Everything you need to know about car tax bands at Brayleys

To find out more about car tax rates 2019, please call us or send us a road tax cost enquiry

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