Planning to sell your car but have some questions about road tax? The rules around road tax seem to change all the time, but we’re here to clear the air so you can sell your car easily and without fuss.
Selling your car? The road tax rules you should know
Whilst you can sell an untaxed car, this does come with some specific challenges. For example, you can’t leave an untaxed car parked in the street. Neither you nor the new buyer can drive the car until it is taxed, either, because driving an untaxed car is illegal. This means you will likely find selling an untaxed car quite tricky.
Once you’ve let the DVLA know you’re selling your car, they will begin the process of officially transferring ownership. If you have any full months remaining on your tax payment, you will receive a road tax refund.
If your car isn’t in use and is parked away from public roads, you can declare it as SORN - which stands for Statutory Off Road Notification - to indicate that it isn’t intended for road use. This is a popular way of avoiding road tax on an unused vehicle.
Firstly, potential buyers won’t be able to test drive the car on any public road, making it difficult for them to assess its condition and suitability. This will ultimately make it hard for you to sell your car at all.
If you do manage to sell your SORN car, it will need to be towed or driven away via a trailer as it can’t be driven until taxed, adding extra hassle (and potential cost!) to the process for both seller and buyer.
Sell your car easier than ever with Sell 2 Swansway
As you can see, selling your car without valid road tax is tricky. Though technically legal, it can be easy to stumble into challenges and potential costs.
What’s clear is that driving a car without road tax is absolutely illegal, so be sure to have your car taxed if you plan on having it on the road for test drives, etc.
By doing so, you protect yourself from potential fines, penalties, and legal problems, whilst also giving any buyers peace of mind.
If you want to make selling your car easier than before, why not choose Sell 2 Swansway?
With completely free collection, instant valuations, and direct payments to your bank account, we’ve made selling your car easier than it’s ever been.
Just enter your reg and mileage details for a fair, accurate valuation that is locked in for 7 whole days, giving you plenty of time to think it through. No pressure here, just a hassle-free process, and a great price for your car.
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