I'm going to view a car tonight that has MOT but no road tax. It is registered SORN, and has been in the owners garage for 2 months. It was bought as a runabout while the owner did a classic car restoration project and is no longer needed. This is a private sale.
If I decide to buy the car, what steps do myself & the seller need to take to get the car taxed? If I buy the car, obviously I would be willing to tax it from that day forward.
* I buy the car, the seller fills in vehicle registration document and sends it off.
* I ring up my insurers and get insured for the car.
* I ring up DVLA, or use the web site, and arrange 6 months road tax.
* I return pick up the car and drive off into the sunset.
Presumably, the seller has to fill in a SORN form and send it in to the DVLA.
The current SORN automatically expires when the car changes hands. No form to fill in.
The seller gives you the green slip from the V5 - you can take that to the PO and tax or re-SORN - you might not be able to re-tax online until the database is updated with your insurance details, whereas you can at the PO as soon as you get the insurance cetrtificate.
You can't tax the car at PO unless you have the original insurance certificate! Although you can arrange insurance over phone you need to wait 1-2 days to get the certificate by post. Only then you can tax it at PO.
You can't tax online immediately after buying a car as insurance database won't be updated.
Once you can advise DVLA/Post Office that you are the owner of the vehicle, have an Insurance Certificate to cover you to drive and a valid MOT certificate plus cash then an Excise Licence can be issued and once displayed on your vehicle the world is your oyster.
If you do it on line then until such time as you receive the disc from DVLA any use on a road could be an offence as there is a requirement at all time to display a current Licence.
Tax it at the post office will be the quickest way. Do not test drive the car or use the going for an MOT trick as when you decide to drive back you do not have a new MOT pass or fail slip in your possession, and crap sometimes happens Regards Peter
So, I need a hard copy insurance certificate if I want to get a disc from the PO. This will take a few days to go through.
And if I tax it online, I can just quote my insurance details. But I will have to wait for the disc to come in the post.
You cannot test drive it for two reasons. It's not taxed and you don't have insurance either. The latter could be sorted out as temporary cover via say Norwich Union for about £10.20 but you still need tax. Driving it uninsured and getting caught comes with 6-8 points and upto (means tested) £5000 fine.
You don't quote your insurance details when you tax it online, the DVLA check the Insurance database and if you've only just insured the vehicle, the details will not be on the database yet. You will have to tax it at the PO.