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Is a previously N1 Touareg this costly to tax?


T have a 2016 Volkswagen Touareg that is registered as N1 and I want to change it to M1 and I can, but they tell me that because it was N1 when first registered that my car tax will still be on engine size not CO2, so I will have to pay €1,500 when an identical car can be taxed for €750. I would be grateful for any advice you can give me on this.

Tommy O Donnell (Ireland)

Aug 2020 Filed under: taxation

Expert answer

Hi Tommy,

I’m afraid that is the case — when you tax a commercial vehicle as a private one you go back to the old engine capacity tax system, so for a big car like a  Touareg, with a big engine, that can often work out much more expensive. 

Neil Briscoe - Complete Car Advisor

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