Buy now and save on road tax – beat the VED rise

Save on road tax by buying from stock now, and beating the April VED hikes!

If you’re planning to buy a new car in 2020, you might want to act now – it could save you up to £1,285. Vehicle Excise Duty (VED, commonly known as road tax) rates will change for many cars on 1st April 2020, when the banding will be based on WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) carbon dioxide emissions figures rather than the previously used NEDC figures. This means that many vehicles will move up one or more bands, and so cost hundreds of pounds more (and in some cases, more than £1,000 more).

To beat this rise in costs, you could look at a smaller, lower-emissions car – or one with an electric or hybrid engine. However, if you need a vehicle that’s set to incur a big rise in first year VED (perhaps for load-carrying, towing or off-roading), then the best way to save money is to order your new vehicle from stock for delivery in March.

If you’re a member of one of our partner organisations (for at least 12 or 24 months depending on the membership vehicle discount scheme in question) you can also access exclusive discounts on a wide range of cars.

Our vehicle discount schemes include both factory orders and new stock vehicles (but not pre-reg cars, used vehicles, or ex-demos), so there’s the chance to save twice this month – you can not only save thousands with your membership discount, as well as save on road tax (which could be hundreds if not more than a thousand pounds of first year VED). Click below to read more about the partnership vehicle discount schemes we operate:

Find a new car for March delivery

So how much can you save by ordering a car for March delivery? We’ve outlined a few examples of popular cars and what sort of member and VED savings can be made by ordering from stock this month::

Save road tax - buy your Audi Q5 now

Audi Q5

A standard Audi Q5 40 Quattro 2.0 TDI Sport S-Tronic has a recommended list OTR price of £41,420, which – with dealer discount and membership discount applied – comes in at £34,188.50, a total member saving of £7,231,50.*

After 31st March 2020, the first year VED on this vehicle will go up by £1,285, which brings the saving when you buy from stock in March (compared to the same vehicle registered on or after 1st April 2020) up to £8,516.50.

Save road tax - buy your Land Rover Discovery Sport now

Land Rover Discovery Sport

A standard Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0 D180 SE Auto has a recommended list OTR price of £43,175.00, which – with dealer discount and membership discount applied – comes in at £36,691.57, a total member saving of £6,483.43.*

After 31st March 2020, the first year VED on this vehicle will go up by £960, which brings the saving when you buy from stock in March (compared to the same vehicle registered on or after 1st April 2020) up to £7,443.43.

Save road tax - buy your Range Rover Evoque now

Range Rover Evoque

A standard Range Rover Evoque 2.0D 180 SE Auto has a recommended list OTR price of £42,515.00, which – with dealer discount and membership discount applied – comes in at £38,741.30, a total member saving of £3,773.70.*

After 31st March 2020, the first year VED on this vehicle will go up by £750, which brings the saving when you buy from stock in March (compared to the same vehicle registered on or after 1st April 2020) up to £4,523.70.

Save road tax - buy your Nissan X-Trail now

Nissan X-Trail

A standard Nissan X-Trail 2WD 1.7dCi 150 Tekna Auto has a recommended list OTR price of £31,695, which – with dealer discount and membership discount applied – comes in at £23,295.30, a total member saving of £8399.70.*

After 31st March 2020, the first year VED on this vehicle will go up by £1,285, which brings the saving when you buy from stock in March (compared to the same vehicle registered on or after 1st April 2020) up to £9,684.70.

*all images for illustration purposes only, figures correct as of 10.03.20

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