Buy now to beat new 'showroom' tax
From April 1, the new tax could add an extra £515 to your road tax bill. So, if you act quickly and buy a new car from stock you could get your vehicle before the 'showroom' tax is launched.
What is the so-called 'showroom' tax?
The new tax is a one-off first-year payment on top of the usual vehicle excise duty rate. The payment is based on your new car's CO2 emission and will add between £70 and £515 to your first road tax bill.
The table below shows how the additional charges will be charged.
Who will pay it?
The new tax will be payable on all cars registered from April 1.
Budget date announced
Gordon Brown has confirmed that the budget – in which future increases in VED and fuel tax could well be announced – will be on March 24.
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