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Car tax on a second hand car?

We have just bought a second hand car from a dealer, and picked it up on Friday evening.

My husband went to have a look at when the tax ran out, and it doens't have a tax disc. I rang the dealer and he said it wasn't sold as having a tax disc on it.

Fair enough, I assume that he had it SORN. But now we have a car with no tax disc, and no SORN in our name (SORN expires when the car is sold according to the DVLA website) so we are essentially sitting on an illegal vehicle.

I guess we should have checked that the car had a tax disc before we bought it, and got it taxed, but I am not that happy that the dealer didn't advise us there was no tax and get us to tax it before we picked it up.

I am just worried about where we stand over the bank holiday weekend with having no tax and no

SORN. We have got the car off the road and onto the driveway, but I believe it still needs to have something.

I am pretty mad at now having to tax the car from the beginning of May, as I will need the car next week, and I don't think there will be any time to SORN it for just a few days anyway.

I would like to know, if anyone knows, if this is normal practice for dealers to sell without tax discs. He claims the car was SORN, but I test drove it, my DH test drove it, and we also got a friend who is a mecahnic to check it over and take it out for a drive too. So were we all driving illegally?

I am aware that I should have checked for a tax disc, and I guess it is my fault. But I have bought from dealers before and have never been sold a car with no road tax, even if it is just up to the end of the month!

Category: Taxes

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