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Selling your car privately just got harder…

The new legislation on vehicle tax which comes into play on 1st October 2014, will see drivers tearing up their tax discs as the system goes digital.

The end of the traditional perforated paper circle is the dawning of a new era as the electronic road tax is replaced by an online database keeping track of whether or not car owners have paid. Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) devices will be around to catch out any cars that aren’t taxed appropriately. Those who are caught will face a fine of £1,000.

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Does this affect the buying and selling of used cars?

Unfortunately yes! If you are selling a car with unused months left on the tax, you have just lost a major selling point as you will no longer be able to transfer the tax to the new owner. This means that the buyer will not benefit from the vehicles remaining tax, they will have to renew the tax straight away.The seller is also responsible for informing the DVLA of the change of ownership and failing to do so will result in a fine.

Will I receive a refund on unused vehicle tax?

As the seller, you will automatically be issued a refund for any full calendar months left on the vehicle’s tax when a notification is received from the person named on the DVLA vehicle register that the vehicle has been:

  •  Sold or transferred
  • Scrapped at an Authorised Treatment Facility
  • Exported
  • Removed from the road and the person on the vehicle register has made a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)


  • The person on the vehicle register has changed the tax class on the vehicle to an exempt duty tax class

How will I know when I need to renew my tax?

You can check your details online, however, the DVLA will still send out V11 renewal reminders a couple of weeks before your tax runs out.

How can I check if my vehicle is taxed correctly?

You can look up the tax status of any vehicle by using DVLA’s ‘Vehicle Enquiry System’. You will still be sent a renewal reminder when your vehicle tax is due to expire.

How do I pay for the new vehicle tax?

You are now required to pay for road tax online via the DVLA website. However, drivers without access to the internet will still be able to pay at the post office.

Why is the system changing?

The reforms are aiming to streamline the service and to save British businesses millions of pounds a year in administrative bills.

WeWantAnyCar.com is a safe and convenient way to sell your vehicle compared to a private sale. As a seller, you won’t have to worry about the person you sell the car too being legally taxed when they drive away.

For more information on the new tax disc legislation, log on to:  www.gov.uk/government/news/vehicle-tax-changes 

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