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Buying & Selling Process Revamped by DVLA

Changes to V5C logbook and tax refunds are among alterations to the way we buy and sell cars in the UK.


V5C logbooks have become the latest document to go electronic, as the DVLA bids to make buying and selling cars easier.

The move sees the logbook join tax discs and paper license counterparts in the history books, with the new electronic system requiring you to inform the DVLA online.

Once informed, the DVLA will send an instant e-mail of confirmation and a letter confirming the changes under the new system. If you’re buying a new car, you will also receive confirmation via e-mail and a new V5C certificate within five working days. If you sell your car to a dealer or motor trader, the procedure is exactly the same.

The change also sees alterations to the road tax system, with tax no longer transferable between owners, and instead refunded by the Government via cheque in the weeks following any successful registered new keeper request.

Despite the move to online, the V5C document itself will remain in paper format, however become redundant following confirmation from the DVLA of registered new keeper changes. The DVLA has also confirmed that it will continue to accept changes by post for the time being.

Speaking to Auto Express, a DVLA spokesman said: ‘It is quicker and easier to transact online rather than the traditional postal route and the services are easy to use.’

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