MyCarCheck.com, the UK’s No.1 consumer vehicle data provider, has commissioned cartoonist Wil to highlight the imminent abolition of tax discs and the implications for used car buyers and sellers.
From 1 October 2014, motorists won’t need to display a round paper tax disc in their windscreens. They will still have to pay vehicle excise duty, but the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will keep online records. The police will use number-plate recognition technology to catch any dodgers.
In the cartoon, Reg Plate is seen using the MyCarCheck app to find out more about a used car he’s thinking of buying. It turns out the car is fine but the owner is selling it because her tax disc forging business has gone down the pan!
Once the new rules come in, when you buy a car, the tax will no longer be transferred. You’ll need to tax it before you can drive it. This can be done online (www.gov.uk/tax-disc), over the phone (0300 123 4321) or at a Post Office.
When you sell a car (or scrap it, export it or remove it from the road) you must notify the DVLA immediately in order to get a refund for any full calendar months left on the tax. In fact, sellers should always inform the DVLA even if they’re not due a refund. Failure to do so could result in a fine and the risk of becoming responsible for any speeding or parking charges clocked up by the new owner.
The DVLA will still send renewal reminders when your tax is due to expire and there will be a new option to pay monthly by Direct Debit.
Roger Powell, Divisional Head at CDL Vehicle Information Services, which owns MyCarCheck.com, commented: “The tax disc has been part of British motoring life for almost 100 years, but times change. All the data is now stored digitally and the introduction of flexible payment options is very welcome, if long overdue.
“As motorists adjust to this change in the buying process, we advise them to consider the many benefits of a vehicle history check. You wouldn’t buy a house without a survey, so why buy a car without knowing what you’re getting into? Our most popular service, including a check for finance debt, costs just £9.95.”
MyCarCheck.com’s parent company, CDL Vehicle Information Services, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Confused.com, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco Compare and WhatCar?.
It uses up-to-the-minute data from the Police (NPIA – previously known as the Police National Computer or PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB and Santander.
To help UK consumers make the right choice, MyCarCheck.com can confirm in seconds whether your potential pride and joy has ever been scrapped, stolen or written-off, has any money owing on it, has had a plate or colour change and much more.