Stick It To The Taxman Lesson 1 – Buy A Pre-2001 Car

Although the shakeup of the emissions based road tax doesn’t look good for performance cars, it’s worth remembering that it only affects cars registered in March 2001 onwards. So, one easy way to beat the taxman is to buy a car that was registered earlier.


The road tax for such cars is a flat rate based on engine size – up to 1549cc costs  £120, anything with a bigger engine than that costs £200.

That’s right – anything with a bigger engine. So think of something exotic, such as a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, and it will cost exactly the same to tax as a 1.6-litre hatchback.

The only problem is that such cars, at nearly eight years old, will be getting a bit tired by now. However, shop around and find a good example and you could be onto a winner.

Lesson 2 – Tune Your Car

Lesson 3 – Switch To Diesel

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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