How to Get a Car Tax Refund

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How to Get a Car Tax Refund

As a car owner in the UK, paying car tax is one of those standard procedures to give the government extra funds to help maintain and improve our roads and motorways. It is a way to pay some contributions that are based on the carbon emissions of your vehicle, and it’s important to make sure your car is taxed correctly.

Car tax is often paid in blocks, either 6 or 12 months, and in many cases can be paid in advance. You could then find yourself in a situation where you have paid your car tax for months that you no longer need coverage for.

If you've bought a new car, you will need to pay for new road tax as you can't transfer existing tax from your old car to another. You must pay for this tax before you drive your car otherwise you could be liable to pay a fine of up to £1,000.


What is a Car Tax Refund?

Also known as a road tax refund, a car tax refund is where you get back any money you’ve paid on vehicle excise duty. You might need a car tax refund for a few different reasons including selling your car or you’ve taken it off the roads and are no longer insuring or using it.

When you have cancelled your road tax, a refund will automatically be calculated and you should receive a cheque written to the name and address on your vehicle logbook within a few weeks.

You can only receive road tax refunds in full months, so apply for your refund as soon as you can so you don't miss out on an entire month.

How to Tax Your Vehicle at the Post Office

Taxing your car at the post office is easy. Just pop down to your nearest post office and make sure you bring:


●       V5C logbook or your V5C/2 if you recently bought the vehicle

●       Your V11

●       Your V85/1 (if it’s an HGV)

●       A valid MOT certificate

●       A valid Exemption Certificate (for those who claim disabled vehicle tax)

●       A valid GVT or PSVC (find out if you need these with your vehicle tax reminder)


If you don’t have any of the vehicle documents, you can get forms to apply for new ones from the post office for £25. You can also apply for road tax online or by phoning 0300 123 4321.


How to Claim Back Road Tax

Claiming road tax back is simple to arrange. You can apply for a refund by canceling your vehicle tax online. telling them that you no longer own the car or have taken it off the roads. Find out how you can contact the DVLA.


How Can I Find Out the Value of My Car?

An easy way to find out the value of your car is to use the GoodBye Car free car valuation service. It only takes a few seconds, and all you need to do is enter your car’s registration plate number.

You’ll then be given a valuation for your vehicle and can book an appointment at one of our GoodBye Car locations around Scotland.

There are never any hidden fees either, as we make the selling process as simple and easy as possible.

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