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 Post subject: tax issue...or not?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:37 pm 
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I've just bought a(nother) Mini! Sadly not pre '78 so tax is due.
The car was taxed when I bought it to end of October.
Can I drive it tomorrow (i.e. before the end of this month) assuming that the seller will only get a rebate from end of this month?
He hasn't cancelled it yet...it's still showing as taxed just now on the Gov.uk website


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 Post subject: Re: tax issue...or not?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:46 pm 
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I can't see why not. If it's still showing as taxed, it is still taxed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:52 pm 
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I'm hoping to drive it to a trade event tomorrow.
I'll snatch a quick look on the website before I leave and go for it, if it's still showing as taxed.
It's only full months tax the seller will get refunded, although I wouldn't put it past the DVLA to cancel the tax from the day they get the email/call/letter, etc...


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:53 pm 
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Taken from the DVLA website.
"You must tax a vehicle you’ve bought before you drive it, or declare it off the road (a SORN). The tax is not transferred to you when you buy the vehicle."
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 Post subject: Re: tax issue...or not?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:59 pm 
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thanks Cliff that's true but I can see a loophole.
I don't really want to tax it for more than a day before I start stripping it down for the resto starting this weekend


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 Post subject: Re: tax issue...or not?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:51 pm 
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My view would be no you cant drive it.
BUT if the previous owner didn't notify the change of ownership and you agree with them the change over date, you might be able to drive it as taxed, but you would need to have insurance cover to technically, drive someone else's car.

Its all iffy. It should be retaxed at the date of transfer, DVLA win getting the car taxed by both owners for that month.


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If he has sent the V5C off to DVLA but they haven't received or processed it yet, it will still be taxed.....technically.

However, it is true that tax is not transferable between old and new owner any more.

In the event of being stopped by the old bill or being involved in an accident, I'm not sure you'd get away with it. If they delve into when it was insured from etc etc, they'd soon smell a rat !


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:45 pm 
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Andrew1967 wrote:
If he has sent the V5C off to DVLA but they haven't received or processed it yet, it will still be taxed.....technically.


You don't even have to send off the V5C now, it can all be done on line, and you destroy the old V5C.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:47 pm 
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Surely its still taxed to the end of the month ?

The police use DVLA data, so unless you summat silly, the cops will only stop you if the DVLA says no tax.

And you can see the same data.

Just check before you drive.


I got stopped once because the ANPR picked that my MOT had been due 8 days previously Despite having a new MOT, somehow it had taken over a week to get the date of the new MOT onto their system.


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 Post subject: Re: tax issue...or not?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:55 pm 
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The only way I'll get nicked is (unless I crash or get pulled for speeding or reckless behaviour*) by an ANPR camera and then only if it's down as not taxed when I go through.

*In which case, I'll probably take the Passat, but at least the conversation has been interesting :D


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