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Can I get a refund on my tax?

When you scrap your car, it’s important you contact the DVLA to arrange a car/road tax refund. You should aim to do this as soon as possible after your car has been collected.

Since tax discs were phased-out in 2014, vehicle tax now applies to the registered owner of the car, rather than to the car itself. Before this, getting a DVLA tax disc refund was as simple as taking the valid tax disc to a Post Office – but the DVLA vehicle tax refund process is a little different now.

 

What am I entitled to?

Some people ask if there’s an official DVLA road/car tax refund calculator. There isn’t – but don’t worry, calculating how much you’ll receive is simple.

When you sell or scrap a car, you will be entitled to a refund of any full months left on your tax. For instance, if your tax is paid until the end of December and you scrap your car on October 15th, you’ll receive a refund of 2 months – November and December – but no part-month payment for the remainder of October.

 

How do I get my refund?

When your scrap car has been collected, you can apply for a refund through the DVLA car tax refund online service. It’s worth noting that you can only use this service if you haven’t already sent your V5C back to the DVLA.

To start the process, you should visit the DVLA’s dedicated vehicle tax refund page. Here, you’ll be able to select the option that applies to you.

After you’ve told the DVLA, they’ll cancel your Direct Debit and automatically refund any full months left on your tax. They’ll issue a refund as a cheque – made payable to the person whose name and address is on the V5C log book.

 

What happens if I’ve sent my V5C already?

If you’ve already sent the relevant section of your V5C back to the DVLA, don’t worry – you won’t miss out on a refund.

Since the new style road tax applies to the registered keeper of the car, instead of the car itself, the DVLA will see that you’ve sold your car/vehicle and issue a tax refund automatically. If you want to be certain your refund is being processed, you can contact the DVLA on the details below.

 

What happens if I make a SORN?

It’s not just scrapping or selling your car that will result in a DVLA tax refund cheque – you’ll also get a refund if you make a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) indicating that your car is not being driven or stored on a public road.

You can make a SORN using the DVLA’s online service. If you’re applying for a SORN on a car that’s currently taxed, you’ll need either the 11-digit number from the vehicle’s V5C.

After making a SORN, you should automatically receive your DVLA SORN tax refund cheque within 4-6 weeks.

 

How long does a refund take?

The DVLA tax refund process can take up to 6 weeks to complete. If you haven’t received a refund after that time, you can get in touch with the DVLA about a tax refund with the following contact details.

 

DVLA Vehicle Registration and Tax contact

If you want to get in touch with the DVLA regarding a

 

Phone

0300 790 6802 (lines open Mon-Fri 8am - 7pm and Saturday 8am – 2pm)

 

Post

Vehicle Customer Services

DVLA
Swansea
SA99 1AR

 

Email/Online

Although you can’t email the DVLA directly, you can complete a contact form on their online vehicle enquires system – prompting them to get in touch.

Other related FAQs

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Yes, you can. Before your car is collected, you’ll need to ‘retain’ your registration with the DVLA; either online or through the post. Your registration will then be held on a retention certificate, ready to transfer to another car.

When scrapping your car, you must inform the DVLA. You’ll need your logbook to pass onto the ATF (Authorised Treatment Facility). Afterwards, you’ll be given a Certificate of Destruction (CoD).

Don’t worry – our scrap partners aren’t concerned about the condition of your car. Whether your vehicle is roadworthy – or badly damaged and in need of disposal; we’ll help you maximise the price you receive.

End of Life Vehicle (ELV) is the term used to describe a car that is no longer suitable for use – either through wear and tear or damage. ELVs must be recycled at authorised treatment facilities.

It’s illegal to sell a car with outstanding finance, so before you scrap a car you need to have paid off the outstanding finance amount. Technically, a car with outstanding finance is the lender’s property, not yours.

If you’re entitled to any unused road tax when you scrap your car, you should get in touch with the DVLA to reclaim it. Since tax discs were phased out, this can no longer be done at a post office – so you’ll need to contact the DVLA directly, either on the phone, by post, or using their website.

Yes, our network of dismantlers can scrap vehicles that are registered in other countries. You’ll need to inform the governing body in the country that the car is from; usually by sending them the completed registration document.

When a car is no longer roadworthy and needs to be scrapped, there’s probably a scrap dealer near you who will collect the car and pay you money for this. It’s easy to find a nearby scrapyard.

Yes – it’s important that you inform the DVLA when you scrap your car, as you could be liable for any on-going charges relating to it if you don’t. The quick and easy way to inform the DVLA is by completing and returning section 9 (or section 4 on post-April 2019 documents) of the V5C log book form.

To scrap your car legally, the three absolute musts are you must use an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), ensure your logbook (V5 certificate) is completed correctly, and, if the vehicle’s to be destroyed, obtain a CoD (Certificate of Destruction).