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April 2017 Road Tax changes

Take delivery of your new car ahead of 1st April to avoid higher VED

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From 1st April 2017, Vehicle Excise Duty, commonly known as road tax, will be increased. This will have an impact on the amount that you pay for your new Mercedes-Benz.

Ahead of the UK car tax system undergoing this major change, you could avoid paying more VED by purchasing your new Mercedes-Benz before 1st April.

The key changes for VED are:

  • There will be a sliding scale for the First Year Rates of VED based on the C02 emissions of the vehicle. This will be from £0 for zero emission cars up to £2000 for cars with emissions over 255g/km of C02.
  • There will be a subsequent standard rate of £140 per year applied to all cars other than zero emission cars, which will be set at £0.
  • New cars that have a list price of more than £40,000 will pay an additional premium supplement of £310 per year for the first 5 years in which a standard rate is paid.

Cars that are purchased before 1st April will continue to pay the current VED rates, which will not change.

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How can I avoid paying the increased VED?

To be certain of avoiding this Government increase the best advice is to buy from existing physical stock, ahead of 1st April 2017.

At Sytner Mercedes-Benz we have over 100 C-Class and E-Class models available in group stock, all available for immediate delivery.

Contact us today to find out how you can avoid the higher VED rates.

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The below examples show the impact of the VED changes: ​


Cars registered before 1st April 2017Vehicles registered on or after 1st April 2017
List price* £39,999£39,999
C02 emissions (g/km) 115 115
First year rate £0 £160
Second year rate £30 £140
Third year rate £30 £140
Total VED cost over 3 years£60£440

Cars registered before 1st April 2017Cars registered on or after 1st April 2017
List price* £40,001£40,001
C02 emissions (g/km) 115 115
First year rate £0 £160
Second year rate £30 £450
Third year rate £30 £450
Total VED cost over 3 years£60£1,060

*Terms and conditions apply. List price refers to the full price of the car including any options. Images are used for illustrative purposes only.