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Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
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I'm currently searching for a SLK55 and have been disregarding 2006 onwards as uk road tax is £570, although emissions, at 288gm/km (ref autotrader) are same as 2005 models. Could anyone with a 2006 model confirm what they pay as I've seen two beauties that I'd like to look at if tax is £325 instead!
 

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This "Tax" question comes up a fair amount, not only on R171/55's - But other cars from a few years back...
The funnest one was people buying new cars, as the annual car Tax was £10/year....
(Minor detail about the weekly, never mind yearly depreciation on their new'sh car..!!! )

So back to the R171/55's
My opinion is I'd rather pay £200/year extra a year in car Tax and get a well looked after, lower mileage Face Lift R171/55.
Owning any AMG is never going to be the best financial investment You make, but Your only Young once...!! (y)
 

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I'm currently searching for a SLK55 and have been disregarding 2006 onwards as uk road tax is £570, although emissions, at 288gm/km (ref autotrader) are same as 2005 models. Could anyone with a 2006 model confirm what they pay as I've seen two beauties that I'd like to look at if tax is £325 instead!
Why not get a Skoda Fabia 1.6 diesel? Only £20 per year car tax. Think of all the money you will save (£305 :) )

Basically agree with TREV5 above. But if £250 per year worries you, then maybe a 55AMG is not the best choice! (it will cost that for a set of spark plugs and possibly 8x as much for a brake service)
 

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Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
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Why not get a Skoda Fabia 1.6 diesel? Only £20 per year car tax. Think of all the money you will save (£305 :) )

Basically agree with TREV5 above. But if £250 per year worries you, then maybe a 55AMG is not the best choice! (it will cost that for a set of spark plugs and possibly 8x as much for a brake service)
Why not get a Skoda Fabia 1.6 diesel? Only £20 per year car tax. Think of all the money you will save (£305 :) )

Basically agree with TREV5 above. But if £250 per year worries you, then maybe a 55AMG is not the best choice! (it will cost that for a set of spark plugs and possibly 8x as much for a brake service)
Thanks for the invaluable advice. How long have you had your Skoda?
 

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Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
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i can confirm that the cut off time was 1st April 2006,, as i m lucky enough to find a 55amg was registed on 20th March 2006 (06 plate) but £325 tax P/A,
Also from 1st April 2017 all new tax rate start at £140 for small engine/low emission cars, and £10 cheaper (£130) for hybrid cars, as i have a Honda Jazz hybrid 2012 as main/work car, £10 tax only
 

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Premium Member 2007 SLK55 AMG
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Please see the photo below, a Skoda and a Mercedes.
The 55 is a 2007 model, I knew about the road tax, same as Trev, get the car you want. Saving £200 a year to drive a car that's not what you wanted is just going to grind on you.
I can also tell you that when I had my 2007 (£17,000) Skoda Octavia VRs I couldn't see anything that was better quality on the Mercedes (£57,000) SLK55.
The cheap rubberized finish on the Mercedes dash..... I just hate it, cheap, cheap.
Cheap inside door handles, nice proper soft touch on the Skoda, oh, and a Sat nav in the Skoda 20 years ahead of the rubbish Mercedes one.
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Dani76 wrote 'i can confirm that the cut off time was 1st April 2006'

Not being pedantic just that the official cut off date is 22 March 2006. From and including 23 March 2006 vehicles registered as stated in the UK Government website that I referenced you will pay the higher rate. Only a few days but anyone buying one registered from and including 23 March 2006 will be subject to the higher rate
 

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Registered 2006 SLK55 AMG
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Dani76 wrote 'i can confirm that the cut off time was 1st April 2006'

Not being pedantic just that the official cut off date is 22 March 2006. From and including 23 March 2006 vehicles registered as stated in the UK Government website that I referenced you will pay the higher rate. Only a few days but anyone buying one registered from and including 23 March 2006 will be subject to the higher rate
ok, You could be right, i only told by my local post office who taxed my cars over the years, However i ve just tax my car at lower rate, (y)(y)
 
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