How To Tax Car UK

How to Tax a Car

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Are you a car owner in the UK who needs to tax their car? If so, you're not alone. Taxing your car is a legal requirement, and failure to do so can result in a fine. But don't worry, the process is relatively straightforward, and you can even do it online. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the steps of taxing your car online in the UK and answer some common questions you might have.

Step 1: Check if You Need to Tax Your Car

Before you start the process of taxing your car, make sure you actually need to do so. You'll need to tax your car if:

  • It is registered in your name
  • It is being used or kept on a public road
  • Its previous tax has expired

Step 2: Gather the Required Documents

To tax your car, you'll need to have the following documents:

  • Your V5C registration certificate (also known as a log book)
  • Your car insurance certificate
  • A valid MOT certificate (if applicable)

If you don't have your V5C registration certificate, you can still tax your car online if you have a 11-digit reference number from the log book or a 12-digit reference number from the new keeper supplement.

Step 3: Head to the DVLA Website

To tax your car online, head to the DVLA website and click on the 'Tax your vehicle' link. You'll need to enter your car's registration number and confirm the make and model. The website will then show you the tax rate and payment options.

Step 4: Choose Your Payment Option

You can pay for your car tax using a debit or credit card, or via Direct Debit. If you choose the Direct Debit option, you'll need to provide your bank details and the tax will renew automatically each year.

Step 5: Confirmation

Once you've paid for your car tax online you'll get a confirmation email. Because tax discs don't exist anymore this email is your proof that your car is taxed, so keep it safe just in case there are any issues further down the line.

Selling your car doesn’t have to be taxing

Taxing your car online in the UK is a simple process that can be done from the comfort of your own home. Not sure when your tax is due? Use our free car tax checker to find out.

By following the steps outlined above and making sure you have the required documents, you'll be able to tax your car quickly and easily. 

And if you're looking to sell your car, don't forget to check out Sell 2 Swansway's online car buying service for a hassle-free experience.

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