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2018 Autumn Budget Key Points for Car Dealers and Garages

30th October 2018

Following yesterday’s Autumn Budget, Dealer Management System and Car Dealer Website provider Dragon2000 have analysed and detailed all the key points that are relevant to Car Dealers and Garages.


Key Points:


The National Living Wage will rise to £8.21 per hour.

Apprenticeship fees will be halved to 5% for smaller businesses.

Personal tax-free allowance to increase again for your employees from April 2019.

Fuel Duty is frozen for the ninth consecutive year.

Road repairs will be largely funded from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).


In Detail:



The rise in the National Living Wage by 4.9% to £8.21 per hour means a full-time worker can expect a £690 annual increase in pay.

Small businesses who take on an apprentice will now only be required to contribute 5% to their training, which is half of the current amount. The scheme is part of a £695 million initiative to support the hiring of apprentices in small businesses. While this is due to take place in 2019, no exact date has been provided.


Personal Allowance Increases

From April 2019, the tax-free Personal Allowance will rise slightly from £11,850 to £12,500, allowing your employees to keep more of what they earn. The higher rate threshold will also increase from £46,350 to £50,000. The two rates will rise in line with inflation following this increase.


Fuel Duty

Fuel Duty being frozen for the ninth year in a row means that the average driver has saved over £1,000 since 2010, while the average van driver has saved £2,500.


Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)

Vehicle Excise Duty will be largely funding repairs to England’s roads, with a strong focus on the increasing amount of potholes appearing up and down the country. The extra £420m will be made available immediately to local highways authorities.

VED rates for cars, vans and motorcycles will increase in line with RPI from April 2019.



Dragon2000 have been helping dealers and garages drive their businesses forward since 1995. Talk to our team today on 01327 222 333 or email sales@dragon2000.co.uk to find out how our dealer management system, car dealer websites and mobile apps can help your business increase profits and reduce costs.

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