Buying a used car? Don’t get caught out by the new car tax rules.
11th May 2015
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On 1st October 2014, the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) abolished the old tax disc meaning that the paper tax disc no longer needs to be displayed (unless you still have tax on your existing disc – then you can destroy it once the date is up).

But you still need to tax your car to keep your vehicle on the road and the DVLA will send you a V11 or V85/1 renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire. 

Buying a used car? Did you know that from October 1st 2014, the tax is no longer transferable, so you must tax it before you use it.

Unfortunately over 8000 people across the Country have been oblivious to the changes and had their cars wheel clamped because their cars were not taxed, the release costing them a great deal of money i.e. up to £800 each, and there is no right of appeal.

When buying a used car, or any car that has been previously owned, the seller can cancel the tax disk that was previously purchased (and stuck on the windscreen) and claim the money balance back.  When you buy the car, you could unwittingly think the car is taxed because there is no visible proof as there used to be.

If you buy a used car privately or through a commercial seller make certain that it is taxed before driving it home.

If you have any doubt, ask the seller! 

If you need any more advice on the new tax disk changes which are happening, speak to us at Priorslee Motor Services in Telford on 01952 615939 - we'll be more than happy to help.

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