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23 Mar 2017

Please both head and heart

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There are extra savings on Ford Options across a wide range of Fords until 31st March 2017 come and see all the latest models including ST-line range and the new Edge.

Ford Credit are offering 0% APR representative finance on 2 year Ford Options – to see how much money you can save visit our VED Calculator.

Get an extra £300* Customer saving on your new Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.0 EcoBoost 100 manual* AND save another £400 by registering by 31st March 2017 (before road tax increase) so now you definitely please both head and heart!

*£300 customer saving off the On The Road price of Fiesta Zetec, Titanium and Titanium X models only. Vehicle must be contracted and registered between 1st and 31st March 2017. Retail, Privilege and Ambassador Customers only. Subject to availability.

Road Tax/Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will change for vehicles registered after 31 March 2017.

 Estimated VED saving for the Ford Fiesta Zetec 1.0 EcoBoost 100PS S/S Manual model. If registered by 31st March 2017 vehicle will attract £0 VED in the first year and £0 per year thereafter. If registered after 31 March 2017, VED estimated to be £120 in first year and £140 per year thereafter. Over three years from registration, estimated VED saving is £400 (calculated as of 3rdMarch 2017). The actual amount of VED due on vehicle (for first year) will be charged on registration. For more information on the April road tax changes click HERE




*Excludes KA+ Studio, Fiesta Studio, Fiesta Style, Focus RS, Mustang and selected Kuga. Please see your Dealer for more information.

Retail only. Finance subject to status. Guarantees may be required. Freepost Ford Credit.

Subject to availability at a Ford UK authorised dealer for vehicles contracted between 20th January and 31st March 2017 and registered between 20th January and 30th June 2017.

02 Feb 2017

Brakes Motor Company expands Sales Team


Managing Director, John Charles welcomes Matt Elliott as the newest member of the sales team at Brakes Motor Company, Ilminster. Matt joins us after 12 years of selling New and Used Ford cars and looks forward to welcoming new and existing customers alike. Matt’s experience will certainly add to the reputation Brakes currently have for ‘Outstanding customer service’ which was recognised by winning the Ford Chairman’s Award in 2015.

Matt says ‘I have been aware of the excellent service Brakes have provided to their customers for many years, living locally it has always been a goal to join John and the team to continue my career within the motor industry at one of the most reputable dealers within the Ford network’

John added ‘as we approach March and the new 17 registration plate it was important for us to grow our already successful sales team. Matt’s experience with the brand, being local and his passion for the industry made it a perfect fit’

We look forward to welcoming you to Brakes to discuss your motoring needs in an informative, friendly and welcoming environment.


24 Jan 2017

New car Road Tax changes






1st April 2017 will see an increase for Vehicle Exercise Duty (VED) – road tax on most new vehicles. 

If you own or buy a new car registered before 1st April 2017, these changes will not affect you. If you are looking for a brand new car, buying before the end of March 2017 will save paying extra tax (see table below). 

The current taxation system is based on CO2 emissions, with the increasing popularity of more fuel efficient petrol and diesel cars the taxman was increasingly loosing out, if the system that ends 1st April 2017 continued, 75% of new cars would have nil road tax by 2017.

Only vehicles with 0g/km CO2 will qualify for nil road tax, and the rest will be divided in to 13 bands based on CO2 emissions..

For example, from 1st April  – for a car that has been nil road tax and then £20 in its second year, this same car will cost £140 to tax in the first year as well as every year after. At the end of the three years you will have spent £380 more on than that car than if you bought it before 1st April 2017.

As well as taxation being based on CO2 emissions it will also depend on the list price. A vehicle that costs over £40,000 even if it has 0 CO2 emissions will be liable to an additional £310 tax per year for five years from the end of the first vehicle licence. The subsequent years the tax will go back to the standard rate.

As you can see from the table below, after March the first year of tax is based on a sliding scale, from no road tax for electric and hybrid vehicles up to £2,000 for cars with CO2 emissions over 255g/km. From the second year, every car except zero emissions vehicles moves to the same tax rate of £140.




CO2 Emissions (g/km) 1st Year Rate Standard Rate*
0 £0 £0
1-50 £10 £140
51-75 £25 £140
76-90 £100 £140
91-100 £120 £140
101-110 £140 £140
111-130 £160 £140
131-150 £200 £140
151-170 £500 £140
171-190 £800 £140
191-225 £1,200 £140
226-255 £1,700 £140
Above 255 £2,000 £140

*New cars with a list price above £40,000 pay an additional rate of £310 per year for five years on top of the standard rate.

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