You may have already heard that from 1st October 2014 you won’t be receiving a tax disc anymore when you tax your car.
You still need to buy car tax though, you’re just not going to get a disc to put in the window anymore.
How do they know if I’ve got tax then?
Well it’s basically the same way as they do now, it’s all electronic. They’ve got a big database of all the cars and yours needs to either be taxed or declared as off the road (SORN).
Yeah, but how will they know if I just drive a car round but say it’s off the road?
Clever, but they thought of that.
The traffic coppers have got a snazzy camera attached to their cars now called ANPR. So instead of looking at every car’s windscreen they just let the little computer tell them if a car’s tax has run out or if it’s supposed to be off the road. It all happens pretty quickly. P.S. They know if you’ve got no insurance or MOT too.
So where do I get the tax from?
You can still get your car tax from the Post Office or on the DVLA website or over the telephone. The online and phone options will be fully automated and open 24/7.
What are the changes?
- You won’t be able to transfer tax from one keeper to another, at all – so if you sell your car, the new keeper has to tax it straight away and you’ll automatically receive a refund for any remaining months you have paid for
- We won’t be able to tax the car for you – since the tax needs to be in YOUR name to be valid, you’ll need to sort it out for yourself, just like your insurance
- You can pay monthly by direct debit – instead of saving up and getting it once per year, just add it to your monthly expenses just like your car insurance, TV license or gas bill
Is this better or worse?
It’s much better when you buy a car from us at 1HourCars. We can already get your finance and part-exchange arranged within the hour, but tax could be a problem when the Post Office was closed on weekends, evenings or during industrial action.
Once the changes are introduced you will be able to tax your car with the paperwork we give you at any time of the day, any day of the week over the phone or online, allowing you to drive away there and then.