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What are the costs of suspending a car?

If you cannot or do not want to use your car for a while, you can choose to suspend it. Suspending a car means that you temporarily suspend the license plate. Once the car is suspended, you no longer have to meet vehicle obligations, such as paying motor vehicle tax, the third-party insurance obligation and the MOT obligation. So by suspending your car, you save on costs. However, there are also costs associated with suspension. At we have listed all the costs of suspending a car for you.

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Car suspension costs

When suspending a car, the RDW makes a distinction between a normal rate and a low rate. You pay the normal rate for cars younger than 15 years. For cars that are 15 years or older you pay the low rate. In 2021, the following costs will be charged for the suspension:

Duration of suspension Costs in 2021
Request suspension normal rate RDW €75,65
Application for suspension low rate RDW €24,95
Request suspension normal tariff RDW for 2 years €100,60
Request suspension low rate RDW for 2 years €49,90
Request suspension normal tariff RDW for 3 years €125,55
Request suspension low rate RDW for 3 years €74,85

Renewing suspension costs

You can suspend your car for 1,2 or 3 years. After this period, the suspension expires automatically. However, you can also choose to extend the suspension. The date you extend the suspension is then the new expiration date after 1, 2 or 3 years. You may suspend a car as many times as you want, but there are also costs involved. In 2021, the following costs apply to renewing a suspension:

* You will not get any money back if you stop the suspension earlier
Duration of suspension Costs in 2021
Extend suspension for 1 year €24,95
Extend suspension for 2 years €49,90
Extend suspension for 3 years €74,85

Costs for suspending a car: lifting the suspension

Once the suspension period ends, it expires automatically. Is the suspension still running, but you want to use your car before then? Then you can lift the suspension. You can do this both online and at a counter. You can do this online by logging in with your DigiD on the RDW website. Please note that when lifting a suspension, you must immediately take out car insurance again. This does not happen automatically. Lifting a suspension is free, there are no costs involved.

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