Welcome to the Parkers car tax calculator. If you've ever wondered if your car is taxed, or how much your road tax cost, you'll find the answers to your questions here.
Alternatively, you might be looking at buying a new car and want to know what it's going to cost you before you commit to buy – again, this page will be extremely helpful for you.
Find and check road tax prices for any car by using the tool below.
Road tax or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), to give it its correct title, is the responsibility of anyone who owns a car. Even if it's zero-rated (and you'll see the free car tax rules below), you're responsible for the car's paperwork, and that it's always up-to date. For most of us, our cars attract VED and it's an ongoing and potentially big running cost.
For those with the largest engines, registered more recently, you can expect to pay anything up to £1,000 per year. The good news is that our guide will explain everything you need to know – and how to make the burden of running a high-tax car just a little less, er, taxing.
Popular car tax questions and answers
Where to tax my car?
At the Post Office
You can still tax your car at your local post office, and if you want tjhem to continue in business, we'd suggest you do if you have time. You'll need to take you car's logbook, MoT certificate and insurance cover note. It's old school and you don't get a tax disc anymore, but at least you're interacting with another human.
Online at the DVLA website
For the rest of us time-poor souls, going to the DVLA car tax website is a simple, quick and efficient way to get legal. You'll fill in a few online details and need just your logbook or car tax reminder letter with you to get a reference number from it in order to complete the application. The good news is that you can choose to pay monthly when you do it online, which splits up the pain of a large tax bill into 12 more manageable chunks.
How to check my car tax?
We'd recommend heading over to the DVLA website again. As long as you have the car's logbook for its reference number, you'll be able to check instantly if its taxed – or whether it needs renewing.
How to cancel car tax?
When you sell your car, it's your responsibility to inform the DVLA the new owner's details. As car tax is not transferrable between owners, the act of telling the DVLA you've sold your car is enough to confirm it's been cancelled. If you're not selling your car, you can't actually cancel it, but you can declare it off the road by filling in a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) form either at your Post Office or at the DVLA website.
How much is my car tax?
Using the Parkers car tax calculator is quick and efficient, and all you need to know is the car's make and model, and the date it was registered, if it's not a brand-new car.As a rule of thumb, the current car tax rates look like this.
All cars in the UK pay annual car tax, otherwise known as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). Depending when a car was registered new, how its road tax is worked out can be worked out in one of three different ways:
- Cars registered after 1 April 2017
Fuel type and the car's new list price (if more than £40,000) determine the rate paid. Fully-electric cars are tax exempt.
- Cars registered between 1 March 2001-31 March 2017
CO2 emissions and fuel type decide the level of road tax.
- Cars registered before 1 March 2001
Engine capacity is the used to decide what tax is paid. Those that are up to 1549cc pay one rate and above that a higher rate applies.
The rate applied in a car's first year from new also changed from 1 April 2017, but is still based primarily on CO2 output. Here are the tax bands in much more detail.
Cars registered on or after 1 April 2017
|CO2 emissions (g/km)
||First year rate
||First year rate
(for a diesel that does not meet RDE2)
After the car’s first year, for cars with a list price below £40,000 the road tax costs are change. For all cars with a CO2 rating of zero, the tax bill is zero, and for all cars above 255g/km, you'll pay an additional £135 for an alternatively-fuelled car, and an additional £145 for petrol and diesel-powered cars. For cars above £40,000, you’ll pay an additional £320 to pay for the next five years. After five years, you’ll pay the standard annual rate depending on what fuel your vehicle uses.
Cars registered between February 2001-1 April 2017
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||Cost for 12 months' tax|
|Up to 100||£0|
|More than 255||£570|
Cars registered before 1 March 2001
|Engine capacity (cc)||Cost for 12 months' tax|
Company car tax calculator
The good news is that if you're interested in company car tax, we have a calculator online and an explainer for how it works.
Which cars are free to tax?
- New cars that zero-rated for (CO2) emissions and cost less than £40,000
- Cars registered between 1 March 2001 and 1 April 2017 that produces less than 100g/km.
- If you have a disability-related exemption
- Cars that are registered ‘historic vehicles’. The current definition of this is any car that’s more than 40 years old