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Taxing a used car

Discussion in 'Motors' started by jsmoke, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. jsmoke

    Soldato

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    Excuse my ignorance but I haven't owned a car for a while, so when buying a used car you need a 16 digit number, so you get this from the current owner or do you have to apply to DVLA, or how does it work?
     
  2. andy_mk3

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    You can select the option to tax it from the new keeper slip. Which is the green slip you should get from the V5 when you buy the car.
     
  3. ShiWarrior

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    remember , when buying a car the tax does NOT go with the car (used to , but not anymore)
     
  4. koooowweeee

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    I think if a deal taxes it, it does?
     
  5. tom_e

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    Correct, dealers can tax it for you.
     
  6. Rroff

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    Aslong as you have the number off the new keeper slip you can quickly do it online or over the phone - most dealers will also happily do it for you (usually at your expense but some might include it in a deal) when collecting the vehicle (obviously not applicable to private sales).

    Unfortunately there is no grace period as such so you have to do it before driving it away - something they need to look at more flexible options for IMO.
     
  7. B1scu1T

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    AFAIK, The tax now never transfers. It's always cancelled (the previous owner gets a refund, in this case it would be the dealer) then restarts with the new owner.
     
  8. MrRockliffe

    Wise Guy

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    Do it online, but tax it before you send off the new keepers form, since once they receive it, and issue a new one, you have to wait to receive that before being able to tax it, hence voiding any insurance you have, and making the car undriveable :)
     
  9. Rroff

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    If it is included in the deal they will do it for you in your name before you drive the vehicle away and/or before it is dropped off.

    You normally tear off the new keeper bit (V5C/2) and send the rest off to the DVLA who will then send a new V5C to the new keeper - the V5C/2 has the information on to tax it as well.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
  10. jsmoke

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    The v5c/2 has an 11 digit number you can use online. I'm a bit concerned about what mrrockliffe said as I think the the new keepers form has been sent off a few days ago by the previous owner. I haven't picked the car up yet etc although have paid for it.
     
  11. Hyburnate

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    I bought a car and the dealer taxed it at the Post Office and it seemed to work and stay which surprised me even after a change or RK.
     
  12. Marvt74

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    Just since we're on the subject of taxing cars.

    With the new rules in place. I know there's the premium for cars over £40k for the first 5 years. Does this just apply to the first owner or is it passed down the chain?

    I know it's a fairly insignificant amount of money when spending that kind of cash but i was curious when looking recently.
     
  13. B1scu1T

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    Yeah absolutely, that's what im saying though. It will always be taxed to the registered keeper, not the car.
    If you walk (or.... drive) away from a dealer you should always have 6, or 12 months or a monthly debit for the tax, depending on what you choose/they throw in. You would never walk away with, for example, 4 months from the previous owner as they get a refund and you start the clock again.
     
  14. Hyburnate

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    New owner only, on first registration :)

    If you get an ex-demo for example, you don't pay a penny (other than the 12 months tax)
     
  15. B1scu1T

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    It has to be taxed with your name and address. They can do it for you, but it shouldn't "carry over", If I were you I would double check all the paperwork is correct.
     
  16. Marvt74

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    Lovely, i thought i'd read that but wasn't sure. Have been inspired by the Mustangs recently posted and the 2018 models are appealing as the tax ends up at £140 as opposed to £550 for cars on the old system! :D
     
  17. Hyburnate

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    It was fine, I don't have the car anymore or the receipt. I checked the online checker for a good fortnight after as I was sceptical.


    Yeah, it isn't too bad :D
     
  18. Dr Who

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    Just do it online with your mobile phone when you collect the car, you will need
    • the green ‘new keeper’s details’ slip (V5C/2) from a log book if you’ve just bought it
    https://vehicletax.service.gov.uk/
     
  19. tom_e

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    There's also no need to send paperwork away anymore you can transfer the V5 in about 2 minutes online, so no chance of anything being lost by RM or DVLA.
     
  20. Maccy

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    Not sure you're right there @Hyburnate, it's an extra £310 per year for year's 2 to 6 regardless of who the owner is (first, second etc) for cars registered from 1st April 2017.