Road tax query on private car purchase

tonygold
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Hi
I plan to buy privately a second hand car that shows online that it is taxed until August 2024. Does this tax stay with the vehicle or if not what are the procedures when collecting the vehicle (hopefully this weekend)?

Many thanks
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  • Flugelhorn
    Flugelhorn Posts: 5,402
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    edited 6 February at 9:58AM
    the tax ends on purchase, you will have to register the car and pay tax from the beginning of the month in which you buy it - the vendor can reclaim the tax left on the vehicle to Aug 24.
    You used to be able to transfer the tax with the car but that stopped 

    PS this might help https://www.gov.uk/buy-a-vehicle
  • tonygold
    tonygold Posts: 1,121
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    the tax ends on purchase, you will have to register the car and pay tax from the beginning of the month in which you buy it - the vendor can reclaim the tax left on the vehicle to Aug 24.
    You used to be able to transfer the tax with the car but that stopped 

    PS this might help https://www.gov.uk/buy-a-vehicle
    many thanks for this info
  • Bigphil1474
    Bigphil1474 Posts: 2,247
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    OP, technically you need to tax it anew before you drive it away, but that will depend when the seller notifies DVLA that it's actually been sold. If it's round the corner, I'd drive it home and sort it out then, but if it's a trek, you might need to do it before setting off. 
  • Arunmor
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    OP you will be fine for a day or so.  So get the car home and tax it at your leisure.  If worried check the DVLA website and it will show it as taxed (unless of course the VED has already expired).
  • born_again
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    Arunmor said:
    OP you will be fine for a day or so.  So get the car home and tax it at your leisure.  If worried check the DVLA website and it will show it as taxed (unless of course the VED has already expired).
    Unless seller uses online system for change of owner. Which is instant, along with VED cease.
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  • EnPointe
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    tonygold said:
    Hi
    I plan to buy privately a second hand car that shows online that it is taxed until August 2024. Does this tax stay with the vehicle or if not what are the procedures when collecting the vehicle (hopefully this weekend)?

    Many thanks
    no it does not  and has not  for  a good few years  

     either buy  online for from a Post office which can issue VED  with the reference number on thre new keeper's supplement of the  current V5c

    https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax
  • EnPointe
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    Arunmor said:
    OP you will be fine for a day or so.  So get the car home and tax it at your leisure.  If worried check the DVLA website and it will show it as taxed (unless of course the VED has already expired).
    depends  if the seller  does the V5c transfer on line or by post 
  • Bigwheels1111
    Bigwheels1111 Posts: 2,234
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    My friend wanted to buy another friends car.
    He left the price of the car and went on test drive home.
    When he got home, he liked the car and rang the other friend and said I will have it.
    All done online after call no taxing issues.
    Not sure how legal if was, but until car was transferred into his name he did not won the car.

  • Does the state still scalp a months free tax from the public each time there's a change of keeper.
  • BEBELUCA2017
    BEBELUCA2017 Posts: 14
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    Unless you're going to try and get away with taxing it on the 1st March, you may as well take it on the day you collect it as you'll be paying the same whether you pay on collection or the last day of February.
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