1. We were able to extend the insurance to cover my sister (already named driver) for a month or two after his death.
2. We transferred the car to my Sister so I, as co-executor, signed the V5 (we thought it would have looked a bit sus if my sister - other executor - had signed both as seller and keeper!). I think I wrote "Executor of " or similar under my signature.
Pdc makes a good point that you can't legally dispose of any assets until you have a grant of probate.
>Have you thought about keeping it as opposed to that Astra you've been moaning about?
Have thought about it but it is not what we’re after really. It’s a year older, thirstier and not a hatch or estate.
The Astra cannot be off loaded that easily. If I sell it locally I’m sure it would come back to haunt me with some horrendous mechanical failure and some bloke wanting his money back.
I always maintain my cars to the letter as you know but my last two cars have let me down in a major way.
Granada with its damp fusebox, autobox, and cat. =£1200 in unnecessary repairs.
Astra with its premature cambelt failure and the recent headgasket failure. =£1300 in unnecessary repairs.
Both cars had/have a FSH and extra oil changes and all wear and tear repairs carried out promptly but hey, why do I bother! It doesn’t seem to make a blind bit of difference to reliability although it definitely should.
The AA patrolman, looking at the clean oil on the Astras dipstick, summed it up by saying ‘some cars just kick you in the teeth’. I’ve had two in a row!
BTW Thanks to all on the insurance/DVLA advice - much appreciated.
.. My Father is the registered keeper on the Registration document. ..>>
Remember - A common mistake is to assume that "registered keeper" is equivalent to "legal owner". Not necessarily so. How you apply this fact to your advantage in your situation is up to you. ( I am not sure how a deceased person is supposed to notify DVLA of the fact that they are not the keeper any more).
The deceased's executors or personal representatives take over that role.
As for the registration document not proving ownership of the car, just who the registered keeper is - that's true, but in any dispute, the courts would want other evidence before coming to a conclusion contradicting the V5.
In the absence of other evidence, such as a bill of sale, then it's pretty much conclusive.