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Definitive Answers Please - Towing & Road Tax


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Hello again Alpharders.
 

I’m gradually getting to grips with the multitude of issues involved in the purchase of an Alphard but I can’t seem to find definitive answers to the following questions:

 

1. The towing capacity off the 3L model and whether this varies between 2 & 4 wheel drive. I want this because I’m planning swapping my current tow car to an Alphard so I can have the best of both worlds. The caravan os 1600kg.

 

2. Road tax. Is it £280 for all in the 2002-2008 model years or does it increase after 1st April 2006?

 

Admins, on other car forums I’ve been a member of many have pinned wikis for frequently asked questions. May I suggest you consider having a similar facility on this forum to save searching through multiple posts?
 

thanks

 

J

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Hi. I have similar worries about towing having now bought one. 

It appears you should not tow with an Alphard as Toyota never stamped the Vin plate with a weight it is capable of pulling. 

All info I have suggests although capable you could have null insurance if you have an accident. I've written to Toyota and will post if I get any more info. 

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1 hour ago, Groucho21 said:

Hi. I have similar worries about towing having now bought one. 

It appears you should not tow with an Alphard as Toyota never stamped the Vin plate with a weight it is capable of pulling. 

All info I have suggests although capable you could have null insurance if you have an accident. I've written to Toyota and will post if I get any more info. 

 

Hi Groucho,

 

I hope you get an helpful answer from Toyota, but  I doubt you will.

Their attitude to Grey imports is often somewhat 'hands off'.

 

However, I am hoping that some of our non UK members may be able to help you with an answer; as I believe, the Japanese imports don't have a European style VIN plate.

But other Asian nations may have better 'Vin plates'.

 

You may find the link below informative, but is does not answer your question.

 

https://www.trailertrek.co.uk/towing-weights/.

 

Your ability to tow can also depend on your Driver's Licence, and your age.

 

 

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5 hours ago, ThuMentaliss said:

Photo albums show  ' Hulkster77' towing with his Alphard why don't to post him the query😎

 

Thanks for finding this.

 

I had it in 'my minds eye' but just could not locate it. I looked everywhere.

The caravan looks huge !

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