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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.

08 Dec 2016

Christmas Opening Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

Friday 23rd

Sales: 8am – 5pm        Service: 8am – 5pm

Christmas Eve


Christmas Day


Boxing Day


Tuesday 27th

Sales: 11am – 4pm      Service: Closed

Wednesday 28th

Sales: 8am – 6pm        Service: 8am – 5.30pm

Thursday 29th

Sales: 8am – 6pm        Service: 8am – 5.30pm

Friday 30th

Sales: 8am – 6pm        Service: 8am – 5.30pm

New Year’s Eve

Sales: 11am – 4pm      Service: Closed

New Year’s Day


Monday 2nd

Sales: 11am – 4pm      Service: Closed

Tuesday 3rd

Sales: 8am – 6pm        Service: 8am – 5.30pm



01 Dec 2016

New Ford Fiesta for 2017

Ford have revealed the brand new Ford Fiesta for 2017.

The Ford Fiesta is the best selling mini car in the UK with a combination of savvy interiors, exciting range of colours and sharp handling, but is about to be taken to a whole new level with the reveal of the 2017 Fiesta.

Although the New Fiesta won’t be much bigger on the outside it will feel a lot bigger on the inside, a reshaped dashboard will replace the button controls with a stylish touchscreen and infotainment system by Bang & Olufsen.

The popularity of the current Fiesta means we will find that the outside appearance hasn’t changed a lot  – but that is because, quite simply it works. The horizontal tail lights, the broader front grille, the slimmer headlights will make the Fiesta more sophisticated.

The engine will range from the current 1.0 litre EcoBoost to a 1.5 diesel with the addition of the 1.1 litre with either 69bhp or 84bph. The 1.0 litre 3 cylinder EcoBoost is the first to feature ‘cylinder deactivation’ saving up to 6% on emissions and efficiency, meaning cylinders can switch off when not in use.

The range will include the ST-line, Titanium, Vignale and the Active (based on an SUV and not due until 2018)

John Charles owner and Managing director of Brakes Motor Company was invited to Cologne to see first hand the brand new Fiesta revealed.


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01 Dec 2016

ST 200 – On Site Now

The ST 200 is here.

The ST 200 is a limited edition with a specially tuned engine

Fiesta ST200
In addition to the exclusive exterior colour and 17-inch alloy wheel specification, Fiesta ST200 models also will feature red painted brake callipers and an enhanced interior with unique partial leather Charcoal Recaro front seats and contrasting silver stitching, alongside illuminated scuff plates and seatbelts with silver detailing.

The Fiesta ST200’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine can deliver an additional 15PS and 30Nm of torque for up to 15 seconds using transient overboost. A 4.06 ratio final drive – shortened from 3.82 in the Fiesta ST – further enhances in-gear acceleration for improved drivability and an even more fun to drive experience. Top speed is 143mph.

Like the Fiesta ST, the ST200 delivers optimised cornering and agility using:

  • Enhanced Torque Vectoring Control and 3-mode Electronic Stability Control
  • A specially modified front steering knuckle
  • An adapted rear twist-beam with increased roll-stiffness
  • Unique front and rear spring and damper settings with a 15 mm lower centre of gravity
  • Sharper 13.69:1 steering ratio and shortened steering arm
  • Enhanced braking system with a larger tandem brake master cylinder and rear disc brakes

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08 Nov 2016

Ford Black Friday – Upgrade Weekend

upgrade25th – 28th November 2016

Brakes Motor Company would like to invite all of our new and existing customers to join us for a weekend of amazing savings when upgrading your car that is over 4 years old – it doesn’t even have to be a Ford to eligible for some exclusive discounts.

Call 01460 54331 for more information

Terms and conditions apply.

For a list of on site new stock click here

19 Oct 2016

Motability open days event 2nd – 5th November

Brakes Motor Company welcomes anyone who qualifies for disability allowance to come and chat to our Motability specialist at our showroom in Ilminster, Somerset between 2nd-5th November – we will help you find a car that meets your needs.


17 Oct 2016

ST – Line Test Days


19-23rd October are inviting you all to come and test drive the brand new Fiesta ST-line at Brakes Motor Company



08 Aug 2016

Ford KA+

The BRAND NEW Ford KA+ …. will be here in November.

The KA+ has 5 seats and 5 doors, it is spacious, safe and fun!

It is taller than the Ford Fiesta – with ample room for two large suitcases in the boot and more legroom for passengers sat in the back.

Great docking for mounting, storing and charging your smart phone and navigation systems as well as Ford SYNC entertainment system and voice activated communications are available.

A brand new 1.2 litre engine that is available in 70 or 85 PS (Zetec model only)  makes the KA+ fun and economical.

For more information on features click here.


08 Aug 2016

August Test Drive Event

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Save an extra £500 when you test drive a new Ford – offer ends 31st August 2015

Come and see our Sales team at Brakes Motor Company – Ilminster

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