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Road Tax start date for new purchase

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Hi folks, just picked up a vehicle that I purchased yesterday, which is currently taxed and I went online to tax it myself. So the purchase date was the 12th of August but Tax site is saying that it's from the 1st of August. Is this standard? That the road tax would start from the first of the month? That seems a bit unfair since the vehicle is already taxed by the previous owner, and I can't imagine they'll get a refund that goes back to the 1st of August.

I called the DVLA line but they won't open until Monday. It's on my driveway now anyway, and I won't be driving it until after I've clarified the date issue. 

Thank you.

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  • GrumpyDil
    GrumpyDil Posts: 1,687 Forumite
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    That's correct. 

    Tax always runs from the first as it is paid and refunded in whole months. The old owner will be refunded from 01/09 and you will need to tax from 01/08.

    And yes that does result in the car being in effect, double taxed for a period of time. 
  • WellKnownSid
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    Yes, Vehicle Excise Duty ("car tax") is payable for the whole month.  "Road Tax" was abolished before the Second World War I believe. 

    Other countries such as Spain charge annually plus you pay a percentage of the car's value just to transfer ownership so you've got off lightly only losing out on 11 days.

    As long as you've paid there is no need to call the DVLA - you are safe to drive it.
  • 400ixl
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    Yes, this is correct that you pay from the start of the month. You are also correct the previous owner can only claim back full months. There is no pro rata of months on either side.

    If it is not taxed then it should be declared SORN which is not worth doing for a day or to.

    No need to call the DVLA, tax it and enjoy your new purchase.
  • missymoneypenny
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    Many thanks everyone, I should have known the buggers would get extra lolly. I wouldn't mind but it's £325 a year :) anyway, much appreciated.
  • Car_54
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    Many thanks everyone, I should have known the buggers would get extra lolly. I wouldn't mind but it's £325 a year :) anyway, much appreciated.
    So less than £1 a day - you've "lost" about a tenner. How does that compare with the price of the car?
  • ashers2ashers
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    Car_54 said:
    Many thanks everyone, I should have known the buggers would get extra lolly. I wouldn't mind but it's £325 a year :) anyway, much appreciated.
    So less than £1 a day - you've "lost" about a tenner. How does that compare with the price of the car?
    Although they mentioned the price of £325 as if that was how much extra was being paid and that was incorrect, I (personally) believe perhaps the main point or gripe that bugs people is the double charging - regardless of how little it may be. There's no reason for it, except greed and them doing it because they can. Regardless of one's views on having "well" funded public services, it still leaves a sour taste for the government to be able to get away with something that most people would agree is "unfair". :)
  • Ganga
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    Car_54 said:
    Many thanks everyone, I should have known the buggers would get extra lolly. I wouldn't mind but it's £325 a year :) anyway, much appreciated.
    So less than £1 a day - you've "lost" about a tenner. How does that compare with the price of the car?
    Although they mentioned the price of £325 as if that was how much extra was being paid and that was incorrect, I (personally) believe perhaps the main point or gripe that bugs people is the double charging - regardless of how little it may be. There's no reason for it, except greed and them doing it because they can. Regardless of one's views on having "well" funded public services, it still leaves a sour taste for the government to be able to get away with something that most people would agree is "unfair". :)
    Would probably cost a lot more for DVLA to implement a new system to work VED on a daily basis ,
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  • derrick
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    Would probably cost a lot more for DVLA to implement a new system to work VED on a daily basis ,

    It is done with MOT's, it is all digital these days, no reason it cannot be done with VED.
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  • molerat
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    derrick said:
    Would probably cost a lot more for DVLA to implement a new system to work VED on a daily basis ,

    It is done with MOT's, it is all digital these days, no reason it cannot be done with VED.
    True there is no reason why it can't be done but the costs and risks of changing the computer system to do it will be pretty massive.

  • Ganga
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    molerat said:
    derrick said:
    Would probably cost a lot more for DVLA to implement a new system to work VED on a daily basis ,

    It is done with MOT's, it is all digital these days, no reason it cannot be done with VED.
    True there is no reason why it can't be done but the costs and risks of changing the computer system to do it will be pretty massive.

    Plus there are no financial refunds to do with MOT,s.
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