How Much Is My Car Tax?

If you have a car that you use on a public road in the UK, you are obliged by law to buy road tax and to display a tax disc.

In the past, the cost of car tax was the same for everyone.  However, recent changes mean that there are now several different car tax bands depending on the age of your car and on its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  Our guide answers your question ‘how much is my car tax?’

Cost of car tax if your car was registered before 1 March 2001

If your car was registered before 1 March 2001 there are two car tax bands depending on the engine size of your car.

If your engine size is less than 1549 cc you’ll pay £130 for 12 months tax and £71.50 for 6 months.  If it’s over 1549cc you’ll pay £215 for 12 months and £118.25 for 6 months tax.

Cost of car tax if your car was registered on or after 1 March 2001

Car tax rates for vehicles registered on or after 1 March 2001 are split into 13 bands depending on the CO2 emissions of your car.  The lower the CO2 emissions, the lower the car tax that you pay.

You can find out the CO2 emissions of your car by checking your registration certificate (V5C) or by entering the make/model and registration number of your car into the online ‘vehicle enquiry’ section on DVLA’s Electronic Vehicle Licensing website.

The information below shows the costs of car tax depending on your band and whether you want 6 or 12 months tax.

  • Band A (up to 100 g/km) – No car tax payable
  • Band B (101 to 110 g/km) – £20 car tax per year (no 6 month option)
  • Band C (111 to 120 g/km) – £30 car tax per year (no 6 month option)
  • Band D (121 to 130 g/km) – £95 car tax per year or £52.25 for 6 months
  • Band E (131 to 140 g/km) – £115 car tax per year or £63.25 for 6 months
  • Band F (141 to 150 g/km) – £130 car tax per year or £71.50 for 6 months
  • Band G (151 to 165 g/km) – £165 car tax per year or £90.75 for 6 months
  • Band H (166 to 175 g/km) – £190 car tax per year or £104.50 for 6 months
  • Band I (176 to 185 g/km) – £210 car tax per year or £115.50 for 6 months
  • Band J (186 to 200 g/km) – £245 car tax per year or £134.75 for 6 months
  • Band K (201 to 225 g/km) – £260 car tax per year or £143 for 6 months
  • Band L (226 to 255 g/km) – £445 car tax per year or £244.75 for 6 months
  • Band M (over 255 g/km) – £460 car tax per year or £253 for 6 months

Cars first registered after 1 April 2010

Brand new cars registered after 1 April 2010 with CO2 emissions of over 130 g/km attract a different rate of car tax in the first year.  For example, the tax on a brand new car with CO2 emissions of 190 g/km would be £445 in the first year, compared to £245 if the car was several years old.

16 comments

  1. Clive says:

    car Road tax for car registered in 1988

  2. 2l car disc says:

    How much does 2l car disc cost

  3. Erin Breen says:

    How much is it to tax a 2002 Polo 1.4

  4. kenjackson says:

    how much is it to tax 1999 hyundai atos for six months ?.

  5. Donna says:

    how much is the car tax for a rover stretwise 1.4

  6. brian says:

    how much to tax my mitsubishi pajero 2.5 td exceed, 1993 model

  7. june says:

    Is tax cheaper for diesal cars

  8. Flo says:

    How much is my car tax for a 1600

  9. RTB2 says:

    Band D tax – costs £52.25 for 6 months = additional £9.50 charge (over year) for issue of printed disk, postage, admin etc. Ok fine. But…
    Band M – costs £253 for 6 months = additional £46.00 charge for second issue.
    Where does the extra £36.50 go that the band M pays? Special delivery postage?

  10. josh says:

    how much is my 1.2 corsa b to tax for 6 mounths

  11. C Lindsel says:

    how much is the new car tax as I think it was changed in the budget.

  12. Tax Fix says:

    Robert – there are two ways.

    You can either ask the seller (they will now or the emissions information is one their registration certificate).

    If you know the registration number of the car you can entering the make/model and registration number into the online ‘vehicle enquiry’ section on DVLA’s Electronic Vehicle Licensing website.

  13. Robert says:

    I am thinking of buying a used car but want to know what the road tax will be. How can I find out?

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