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How car tax rates are calculated

For cars registered after March 1st, 2001, the DVLA car tax rate (Vehicle Excise Duty) is based on the car's CO2 emissions and the type of fuel it uses.

For cars registered before March 1st, 2001, car tax is based on engine size only. There is one rate for engines up to 1549cc and one for 1550cc and over.

Road tax costs for Lexus GS (93-04) 3.0 SE 4d Auto (Navigator)

from 1 April 2020

Registration Date 6 months 12 months First Year Rate VED Band CO2

1 Mar 2001 - 30 Sep 2002

£181.50

£330.00

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281 g/km

1 Jan 2000 - 28 Feb 2001

£148.50

£270.00

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See current tax bands for all versions of the Lexus GS (93-04)

Since 2010, new cars have been subject to a different rate of road tax during their first year from new. The first year rate is currently determined by a combination of CO2 emissions (higher CO2 = higher tax) and the type of fuel the car uses. It is only ever paid once, when the car leaves the showroom, and is always rolled into a car's full "on the road" price, so is the least visible of the road tax rates that may be applied to a car during its lifespan. From April 1 2020, CO2 measured under the latest WLTP test scheme replaced the previous CO2 figures measured under the now defunct (and more optimistic) NEDC regime.

Cars registered after March 1 2001 are classified into a range of bands according to their level of CO2 emissions, with cars in higher bands generally being subject to higher rates of road tax. The bandings were completely overhauled from April 1 2017, so that most cars registered after that date will belong to a higher band than previously. More significantly, where CO2 band was previously used to determine both first year rate and the standard rate at renewal, from April 1 2017, CO2 band is only used to work out the first year rate. The standard renewal rate is no longer based on CO2. From April 1 2020, CO2 measured under the latest WLTP test scheme replaced the previous CO2 figures measured under the now defunct (and more optimistic) NEDC regime.

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