Cheapest road tax-free used cars

A key area which has a large bearing on just how much you pay for running a used car in the long term is the Vehicle Excise Duty, also known as Road Tax.

How much Road Tax a motorist pays for their car is determined by its CO2 emissions output. A car’s Road Tax can cost anyway between £20 and £490 annually depending on where the CO2 output falls on the rates table.

However, if a car emits only up to 100g/km in CO2 then the owner will not be required to pay Road Tax in either the first year of ownership, or any following year either.

A used car that is Road Tax-free is highly tempting therefore, as it can save a lot of cash during ownership. At Perrys Dealerships you can find many great offers now on cheap, quality used cars which also return free Road Tax.

Here is our guide to the cheapest Road Tax-free used models available from us at the moment.

Peugeot 208

Price estimate - £9,800

The Peugeot 208 was only launched in the UK just over a year ago, but already several highly-efficient engines from the range are available for less than ten grand.

The 1.0-litre VTi petrol engine with 99g/km CO2 emissions is already available on new 208 models from just £9,995. Now though other impressively efficient engines for the French supermini have fallen below this price figure within Perrys used car collection.

You can potentially get the 208 with the 1.4-litre HDi diesel, which emits just 98g/km, or even the 1.4 e-HDi diesel with a CO2 output of just 87g/km. This latter diesel also officially averages an amazing 83mpg for fuel economy.

Ford Fiesta

Price estimate - £9,500

Pre-facelift examples of the current generation Ford Fiesta represent a great used car purchase. That is particularly the case when you can get a cheap used Fiesta with the still currently-used 1.6-litre TDCi ECOnetic diesel.

With this the Fiesta boasts a CO2 output of just 87g/km and the supermini also officially averages up to 85.6mpg.

All of this and you should still get a car which still retains the outstanding driving and practical qualities, which have made the Ford Fiesta so popular for a long time.

Nissan Micra

Price estimate - £9,500

The Nissan Micra has always been one of the more affordable ways of getting your own set of wheels on the UK’s roads. Nowadays you can save thousands of pounds on a Micra that’s only a year or so old, equipped with the higher-specification 1.2-litre DIG-S petrol engine.

This supercharged unit not only offers more power and superior performance then the standard petrol engine, it’s also more efficient. The DIG-S powered Micra returns CO2 emissions of just 99g/km and an average fuel economy figure of 65.7mpg.

Citroen C3

Price estimate - £9,000

A Citroen C3 from as recent as 2013 can be found at a very cheap price when browsing the Perrys used car market. This includes examples with the highly frugal 70bhp 1.4-litre HDi diesel, which emits just 99g/km in CO2.

With this engine the Citroen C3 also officially averages a fuel economy figure of 74.3mpg.The current generation C3 comes recommended to first time buyers or any motorist on a smaller budget. It is a high quality supermini with appealing looks and decent refinement.

SEAT Ibiza

Price estimate - £9,000

Older examples of the Seat Ibiza are available at superb value with the Road Tax-beating 1.2-litre TDI diesel engine on the Ecomotive specification.

With this diesel the Ibiza supermini returns CO2 emissions of just 92g/km and it officially averages 80.7mpg. Such a used Ibiza car is therefore a highly attractive proposition.

The current-generation Ibiza is also a smart-looking vehicle with decent equipment levels and a comfortable drive.

Kia Picanto

Price estimate - £8,000

The current generation Kia Picanto is already very cheap when it’s new, so used examples represent a real bargain.

The city car includes a 1.0-litre petrol engine for the basic ‘1’ trim level. Also available on the ‘1 Air’ and ‘2’ trim levels, this engine unit in the Picanto produces only 99g/km in CO2 and returns an average fuel economy of 67.3mpg.

For the pricing the Picanto is an impressively classy city car with good exterior and interior styling and great reliability.

Peugeot 107

Price estimate - £7,000

Current generation models of the Peugeot 107 have been in the UK for a while now, but recent facelifted examples can now be found at superbly low prices.

Importantly the 107 range uses a 1.0-litre petrol engine which emits just 99g/km. The city car also averages 65.7mpg.

The Peugeot 107 looks good and it should always prove cheap to run as well as purchase. All three trim specifications of the car ‘Access’, ‘Active’ and ‘Allure’ can certainly be found under a low budget.