BMW Car Tax

The best time to buy your new BMW and save on VED

Car tax changes are coming and it could pay you to find out more. From 1st April 2017, new car tax rules are coming into effect. Buying your new BMW before the 1st April deadline could lock yourself in to the current car tax rates and these old rates are set to stay with your BMW throughout its lifetime. For more information, take a look at the table below, which shows the car tax April 2017 rates, or come along to your local Spire dealership and have a chat with our knowledgeable sales team, who will be happy to give you all the information you need about the best time to buy your new BMW. You could even enjoy a test drive while you’re there too. For full details visit the Gov.uk website.

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The rules on car tax or VED, Vehicle Excise Duty, as it is more properly known, are changing. The good news is that there is no change to the car tax regime on your current BMW, only on new cars bought from 1st April 2017. It’s especially important to beat the new car tax deadline if the new BMW you’re thinking about has a list price of over £40,000, as in year one, you’ll pay a rate based on the CO2 emissions, but after that you’ll pay based on the fuel type: £140 a year for petrol or diesel, £130 a year for alternative fuels, such as bioethanol, LPG and also hybrids, or there will be no charge for zero-emission cars, such as those that are all-electric. However, after the first year, you’ll also have to pay a £310 supplement for five years. These changes are all due to the way manufacturers, like BMW, have been so successful in reducing vehicle emissions over the past decade or so, meaning the government is now not getting in as much tax as it used to. But you can still beat the government’s tax regime by buying your new BMW now.

First year road tax after 1st April 2017

CO2 emissions (g/km) Petrol (TC48) and diesel cars (TC49) Alternative fuel cars (TC59)
0 £0 £0
1 - 50 £10 £0
51 75 £25 £15
76 - 90 £100 £90
91 - 100 £120 £110
101 - 110 £140 £130
111 - 130 £160 £150
131 - 150 £200 £190
151 - 170 £500 £490
171 - 190 £800 £790
191 - 225 £1,200 £1,190
226 - 255 £1,700 £1,690
Over 255 £2,000 £1,990


After the first year, you will then pay:

Electric vehicle Alternative fuel Petrol or diesel
£0 £130 £140


New vehicles that cost more than £40,000

If you purchase a new vehicle after 1st April 2017 with a list price (the published price before any discounts) of more than £40,000, you’ll pay the rate based on CO2 emissions. After the first 12 months, you’ll pay a rate based on the fuel the vehicle uses and an additional rate of £310 a year for the next 5 years.

Fuel type Standard annual rate Additional rate Total annual payment
Electric £0 £310 £310
Alternative £130 £310 £440
Petrol or diesel £140 £310 £450

After 5 years, you’ll then pay the standard annual road tax rate.


Find your next BMW before 1st April 2017

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Car tax April 2017 doesn’t have to be so taxing – buy your new BMW now

To find out more about the new car tax rules and the new BMW range, please call us or send us a new BMW car tax enquiry