Motor Tax is an annoying expense to most people, but those who complain tend to be the ones who have chosen to purchase the wheels which are currently burning a hole in their wallet.
There are ways to avoid these high motor tax rates, but as someone looking for their first or second car it can be quite difficult to keep it to a bare minimum. This is due to the fact that the tax rates changed on the 1st July 2008.
Pre 1st July 08 these rates were based on engine capacity (size), and Post 1st July 08 the basis for motor tax changed to emissions. This in most cases will benefit those who own a car which was registered after Jan 1st 2008, who were able to update their tax basis to the newer system and subsequently pay less tax on their vehicles.
An example of how this benefits owners of newer cars would be to point out that a 2007 Renault Clio 1.2 litre 5dr, must pay €280 in road tax , whilst the same vehicle purchased a year later must pay only €104. We agree with you that this sounds a bit mad and unfair, but that’s how it goes unfortunately.
So when on the lookout for a vehicle which was registered before the first of January 2008, make sure you take the engine size into account when thinking about the vehicles tax expenses. The smaller the engine, the lower the tax payable.
If you’re lucky enough to be in the position where you are looking for a post January 2008 vehicle, you need to be conscious of the engines co2 emissions.
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