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What is a car tax check?

A car tax check provides important information about the tax status of any UK registered vehicle. Car tax is the amount you need to pay for driving a vehicle on the UK’s roads. It’s formally known as vehicle excise duty (VED) and also referred to as road tax.

How do I get a free car tax check?

Simply enter the vehicle’s registration number above and our free report will tell you:

  • Road tax status
  • Tax expiry date
  • How many days left until expiry
  • The cost for taxing over 6 months and 12 months

What are the current car tax rates in the UK?

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) operates three different tax rate systems for cars. Our free initial check tells you how much you need to pay for any UK registered vehicle.

What affects the cost of car tax?

Engine size: For older cars registered before 1 April 2001 tax rates relate to the size of the engine.

Carbon dioxide emissions: For any car registered from 1 April 2001 the higher the level of CO2 the higher the tax rate payable.

List price: From 1 April 2017, newly registered cars listed at a price of £40,000 or more attract an additional annual supplement payable on top of the standard rate of tax. This supplement is due over the first 5 years from when the vehicle is registered. So if you buy a used car it is important that you check this first.

Annual changes in car tax: The Government usually increases car tax rates every year in line with inflation. But the Government's Spring Statement in March can lead to other changes.

What vehicles have the lowest rates of car tax?

The following are exempt from car tax currently:

  • Zero emission cars at the tailpipe such as battery electric cars
  • Cars that are over 40 years old. If you own a classic car you can apply for a historic vehicle tax exemption

Do I still need to pay tax if the car is not being driven?

No car tax is due if you declare the car to be off the road to the DVLA. This process is known as making a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). Therefore once the DVLA confirms the car is subject to a SORN you need to keep it on private property, such as on a driveway or in a garage. In fact you can only drive the car to and from a MOT test centre.

What happens if I don’t pay car tax?

You get an £80 fine and will need to pay tax for the period you missed.

What about tax rates for other vehicles?

There are different tax systems and rates for Motorhomes, Motorcycles, light goods vehicles and tricycles.

What changes to car tax are taking place in 2025?

The Government has already confirmed that it will start to tax zero emission cars and vans from 1 April 2025. A small payment will be due in the first year the vehicle is registered and in every subsequent year the standard rate of tax will apply to all cars and vans.

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