There are plenty of vehicles all around the world and it’s an industry that is continuously developing, considering the evolution of technology and the need for people to use better transportation means. There are available plenty of cars on the market, custom made or series made and everyone can choose the right type of car that they need. Apart from this, you can always buy an already used car, especially if you don’t have the money to get a new one. There are many chances to get a very good car and the prices are very competitive.
However, there are certain obligations that you have to fulfil when you sell a vehicle or when you buy one. Apart from the fact that you have to have a driving license to be able to use the car, you’ll also need to know several things about taxes, so using the DVLA contact information is the best thing that you could do in such a situation.
What You Need to Know
First of all, when you plan to buy a vehicle, you need to know that the SORN or the tax doesn’t come with it. You will have to tax the vehicle before being able to drive it – it’s a mandatory obligation that everyone has to go through, no matter if you buy a new vehicle or an already used vehicle from someone else than a dealer. Apart from this, you will also need to have the right type of car insurance before being able to drive it on public roads.
About the Tax
When the time comes for taxing the vehicle, you will need to have your log book, in the case when the vehicle is registered on your name, and you will have to use the reference number made of 11 digits. If you have just got the vehicle, you will need the new keeper supplement slip – for those situations when the vehicle is not on your name – and this reference number has 12 digits. Keep in mind that under no circumstances can you use the seller’s tax reminder.
When You Sell and Transfer the Ownership of the Vehicle
In this situation, the SORN or the tax isn’t passed to the new owner when you sell the vehicle to someone else. It doesn’t matter if you sell the car to a family member or to a complete stranger – the same legislations apply.
When this happens, you will have to contact DVLA and tell them that you have sold the vehicle. They will give the new owner a special logbook, and you will receive a tax refund through a check for any remaining months until the end of the year.
The tax refund will be automatic if you have transferred or sold the vehicle that you’ve had, if you have scrapped it, if you have exported it or if you have made a statutory off road notification – the SORN, meaning that you have taken the vehicle out off the road. Another situation is when you have got a vehicle that is exempt from vehicle tax – as a information, this usually applies to eco cars (electric or hybrid types of vehicles).