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SORN before selling

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Motoring
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Motoring
Hi,



The Road Tax is due on my car at the end of October, but I'm in the middle of selling it; I have a deposit, collection and final payment arranged for the 2nd November.


The new owner will be taxing it and insuring it on the 2nd in order to drive it home....


Do I need to SORN it for a single day, or will the DVLA work out what has happened?
I'm assuming as you can only tax for full calendar months it will be taxed for October and November, so no problem right?
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  • SimbySimby Forumite
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    It would be best to either pay your road tax renewal and then claim a refund or SORN it.. even one day is a big risk

    I personally would not take the risk but would make sure I was legal at all times

    If you got caught you would have to declare on future car insurance etc so would cost more in the long run
  • EdGasketTheSecondEdGasketTheSecond Forumite
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    technically you need to SORN it. It costs nothing so why not do it?
  • twhitehousescattwhitehousescat Forumite
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    although the info above is valid

    I would not worry for ONE day

    and re reading post above
    "If you got caught you would have to declare on future car insurance etc so would cost more in the long run"


    to my knowledge a DVLA fine for non tax , is not something you have to inform insurance about
  • andycaandyca Forumite
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    Thanks for the replies, just to clarify i won't be driving it on the 1st and it will be parked on the drive so no chance of 'getting caught'


    Might just do it online, I've never done a SORN so I just assumed it was complicated or might mean more hassle for the new buyer etc to un-SORN it.
  • SHAFTSHAFT
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    Simby wrote: »
    It would be best to either pay your road tax renewal and then claim a refund or SORN it.. even one day is a big risk

    I personally would not take the risk but would make sure I was legal at all times

    If you got caught you would have to declare on future car insurance etc so would cost more in the long run

    Which insurance companies ask about a dvla fine or non endorsable offences?
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  • SHAFTSHAFT
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    andyca wrote: »
    Thanks for the replies, just to clarify i won't be driving it on the 1st and it will be parked on the drive so no chance of 'getting caught'


    Might just do it online, I've never done a SORN so I just assumed it was complicated or might mean more hassle for the new buyer etc to un-SORN it.

    If you declare it sorn at the end of October where's your nearest post office for the new keeper to tax it?
  • andycaandyca Forumite
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    SHAFT wrote: »
    If you declare it SORN at the end of October where's your nearest post office for the new keeper to tax it?


    Just around the corner... But I'm guessing they will do it on their phone.
  • andycaandyca Forumite
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    Just went through the form online and it's really easy... it even says the SORN start date is 1st November!


    Then on the confirmation page it says:
    "Once a SORN is made, you will not be able to transact online for 5 days. The vehicle can be taxed at the Post Office during this period."


    Just as I suspected the bureaucracy is lurking around every corner. :)
    I'll leave it for now and try to get confirmation from the DVLA tomorrow on best practices... failing that I'll give the new buyer a lift to the post office.
  • twhitehousescattwhitehousescat Forumite
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    however if you do a change of owner via dvla online whilst the person is at your house , you can follow it by a retax , using new owner and there debit card

    you use number from new keeper slip , not v5
  • SHAFTSHAFT
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    andyca wrote: »
    Just around the corner... But I'm guessing they will do it on their phone.

    No if you've declared it sorn online.
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