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Defender 90 Road Tax...?

Discussion in 'Defender 90 / 110 / 130' started by SqueezeMe, Nov 30, 2015.

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  1. SqueezeMe

    SqueezeMe Member

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    Hi there...

    Hopefully Ive got the right forum for this question, but I am looking to buy a 90, and I see some advertised as having cheaper read tax...

    Which 90s are eligible for lower road tax...? I am hoping to get something an between 07 and 10 plate...

    Thx folks...
     
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    Don't think the cheaper tax apply to puma's
     
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    109inches Well-Known Member

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    This is news to me? I did not realise any defenders got cheaper tax unless the tax class was changed to limited use which brings with it extreme restrictions for use hence limited use.

    I really don't think a vehicle like a defender should be bought on the premise of saving a few quid on tax. You have to have a lot of love and money to own any Land Rover but especially defenders and series land rovers. It's better to look at what engine and gearbox and body type do I want to suit my needs rather than what's the cheapest tax.
    Although maybe it's easier for me to say that owning a series 2?
     
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    As I understand it the legislation on road fund licence charges changed sometime in 2005 whereupon new regulations were brought in based solely on a new formula for emissions. For my 1996 300 TDI I pay £290 per annum. Any Defender after the 2005 date is charged at £505 per annum. I'm willing to be advised that I'm wrong but that is my understanding.
     
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    Wimblowdriver Well-Known Member

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    My 2012 puma station wagon is £225 pa. It is classed as a light goods vehicle (even though it is no such thing) as I think LR got DVLA to make all defenders from a certain date to be LGV's so they could benefit from lower road tax. If I am not mistaken of course. But it costs an extra couple of bob (yeah I remember old money) for things such as dartford crossing, Boris theft etc.
     
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    On a bye the bye, one of my motorcycles benefits from free road tax and is exempt from MOT test on account of it was born before 1960. So was I, but the state theft department still want to tax me!!
     
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    Thx folks...

    109inches, I'm not basing my decision around cheap tax... But it is always better, IMO, to think about all angles to help keep costs down... I've owned a Defender before so understand what you're saying... My last one spent more time int eh garage than on the road... :(

    So essentially, if it is classed as a LGV, then it will benefit from cheaper road tax... Thx
     
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    As I understand it, LGV's from 2001 on are lower rate than cars. You can get all the info you need by navigating around the DVLA's website. If you have the reg number, make of vehicle, and V5C reference number, you can get the tax rate for that vehicle on the website. The rules keep changing, so trying to get a general answer might not give you the answer you are looking for, to get a definitive answer based on the vehicles details would be your best option when considering buying a vehicle.
     
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    Just paid £230 for my 96 300TDI - was that a typo?
     
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    The tax changed in 2006, for a Landy first registered before about March 2006 you'll pay £290 for a Station Wagon and about £220 for everything else. After March 2006 the Station Wagons are £490.
    In 2011 they were all reclassified as LCV to get round emissions/airbag requirements etc and after that date it's £220.
    Pre 2001 l think they are all about £230.
    To get around the £500 road tax on certain Station Wagons, many people (and dealers) convert hard tops or Utility versions to Station Wagons. It's not difficult but to do it properly will cost you £1,000.
    Note that the dates apply to first registration and not build date.
    Our 90 CSW was built in 2005 but not registered until June 2006, so was £490.
     
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    92 200TDI CSW 12 months £230 .....
     
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    Pre 2001 all versions are £230, until you get to the free road tax threshold.
     
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    Mine is a 1989 ....... this government will probably keep moving the goal posts so I never get tax free :(

    I pay about £225 btw....no emissions control etc
     
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    Thx all for the advice... So looks like my 07-10 plate affordable market, is putting my slap bang in the middle of the circa £500 mark... perhaps worth thinking another grand for a 2011 would be the same as paying £2000 over 4 or so years on a 10 plate...

    ...and it really hacks me off looking at vehicles you 'think' are in your price range, only to scroll down and somewhere, in amongst the small print, do they say '+VAT'

    o_O:mad::(:eek:

    Just advertise the price with VAT for gods sake, or make it clear at the outset...
     
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    My understanding is that pre 2000 the vehicle manufacturer did not have to declare the emissions output of a vehicle so DVLA do not have accurate data to base the rate of tax on.
    Post I think April 2000 manufacturers of vehicles had to give accurate emissions output for each model and in doing so DVLA was able to accurately tax a vehicle based on emissions.
    So vehicles registered pre 2000 have the benefit of lower tax.
     
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    I think I paid £230 on my '96 90 CSW in April.
    Edited for accuracy!!
     
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    Edited for inaccuracy!
     
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    I get what you did lol.

    Although it really confused the bejesus out of me for a good 10 minutes. Then it clicked :facepalm: .
     
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    10 minutes you must have a high IQ as my sense of humour is more than 10 minutes off centre.
     
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