Owning a vehicle doesn’t come cheap. There’s plenty to think about – and pay out for that matter – so if you’re looking to keep costs to a minimum, why not look into tax free cars?
The rules around car tax changed in April 2017. According to the new system, only cars that produce zero emissions such as electric cars benefit from zero road tax. Therefore, buying a new car might be more expensive than you first thought. But, if you search for low emission used cars registered before April 2017, you could still get a quality runaround that qualifies for no car road tax. So what should you be looking out for?
The nifty Kia Picanto is a city car that’s ideal for popping to the shops or navigating busy traffic. It’s also a great performer on an open country road or a speedy highway. What’s particularly great about this vehicle, however, is that it is fuel efficient and produces minimal amounts of CO2. On this basis it’s eligible for zero road tax, meaning you can get out and about for less.
Of course, engine efficiency is essential when it comes to benefiting from no road tax and, with the award-winning EcoBoost engine under the hood of the swanky Ford Fiesta, you can enjoy eco-friendly driving. It comes with either 100bhp or 125bhp, both of which qualify for zero road tax and, while a 140bhp is available, models registered after April 2017 will be charged just £20 road tax.
If you want to hit the road while protecting the environment and reducing your carbon emissions, a hybrid vehicle is a must – and you won’t have to even make the switch to diesel if you’re used to petrol engines. The Toyota Yaris 1.5 hybrid is wonderfully economical, producing just 79g/km and achieving up to 80mpg. It also looks great and is instantly recognisable making it a top purchase option.
Looking for a head-turning vehicle that won’t cost the earth to run? The Alfa Romeo Mito 0.9 Tb Twinair could be right up your street. Featuring a finely-tuned turbocharged 875cc engine, this aesthetically pleasing and wonderfully crafted model delivers 105bhp and averages 67mpg. So, not only can you enjoy zero road tax, but you can ride around in a vehicle that looks as good as it feels.
Sometimes, a small car just won’t do, especially if you need a family-friendly alternative with plenty of cabin space and legroom. The good news is, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is extremely roomy and, as it’s a plug-in hybrid – an electric car with a backup petrol generator to charge the battery – you won’t have to pay a penny when it comes to road tax. In fact, this particular model only produces 44g/km of CO2, allowing you to hit the road without excess expenses.
If you’re in need of an efficient and reliable used car that’s affordable to run, we at Carwise Group offer a wide range of vehicles at our locations in Harlow, Maidstone and Dunstable. Remember, buying from a reputable dealer is generally considered safer than from a private buyer as all cars have been thoroughly checked and are fit for resale.