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Would you pay £1,000 for an old car tax disc?

Car tax discs listed on ebay for up to £1,000

Some sellers attempt to play on driver ignorance

  • Old sar tax discs are being listed on ebay
  • Old sar tax discs are being listed on ebay

Drivers are listing their old car tax discs on ebay for hundreds of pounds in an attempt to make a fast buck.With a price tag of £175, one dated up to next year is even listed as ‘valid’, even though tax discs were abolished at the start of the month – and tax paid is NOT transferrable to another vehicle.If an uninformed buyer snaps up the disc, they will find it is essentially useless.

Other selling tactics include describing items as “very rare” or “unusual”, while some are listed as collector’s items.

But not all drivers are asking for big bucks; some are listed for as little as 99p.

Though many of the ‘relics’ are yet to receive interested bidders, some of the discs have been sold for around £30.

Tax discs became obsolete on 1 October when a change in the rules meant that drivers no longer had to display the slip of paper in their windscreen.

Listed as valid - even though the discs were abolished at the start of the month (ebay)Listed as valid – even though the discs were abolished at the start of the month (ebay)
Collector's item? (ebay)Collector’s item? (ebay)
One of the car tax listing now on ebayOne of the car tax listing now on ebay

 

An electronic database will now be used by police to check drivers have paid by looking up their car registration number.

Under the new rules, drivers can pay online, by phone or in the Post Office when their tax is up for renewal.

Tax discs – even if still in date – cannot be passed on to new drivers when they buy a used car – they will need to register the car and pay the tax before you start driving.

If you sell a car with tax still in date, the DVLA will issue a refund once it’s notified of the change in ownership.

Fines of up to £1,000 can be levied on drivers who have not abided by the change of rules, which came in on 1 October.

Motoring experts criticised the Government for failing to publicise the changes, which could leave motorists inadvertently breaking the rules when they buy a secondhand car.

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