Can I appeal the VED premium rate?

I bought a MINI Countryman Hybrid in March 2023. I was very careful to keep the total cost under £40,000. I ordered it in June 2022, but there were a series of delays with manufacture and it was registered in March 2023. The price did not change and there were no discounts. DVLA have it with the extra (over £40k) tax on it.

I called DVLA and all they would say is they go on the price reported to them by the manufacturer. My price, without discounts, and including all extras AND delivery and registration fees was UNDER £40,000.
Any ideas how I can appeal this please, and have you come across it before?

Asked on 5 February 2024 by Dave Nicholson

Answered by David Ross
This is not an issue we have seen occur before, and as far as we are aware there is no direct mechanism to appeal. We would suggest staring by gathering any evidence and paperwork you have to show the price of your vehicle in as much detail as possible, you may also wish to consider contacting MINI UK to see if you can obtain information from them regarding the RRP of your vehicle at the time of ordering. You can then write to the DVLA with copies of the information you have at Vehicle Customer Services, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AR.
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