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Ian Cooper
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When I got my 13/60 last year I found two tyres were 15 years old and two were 9 years old.

I binned them straight away.

A couple of hundred pounds is a pittance to pay for safety. 

I was shocked that tyres had not been mentioned in the last few MoTs. (Which I am continuing to have done. Every year. Even though I only do circa 500 miles per annum)

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old tyres  black and round   after 10 years or less they  go very hard  and  have the grip of a banana skin

its worrying when you see classics advertised as on original tyres as if its something Good  .........  they are out there ............ hopefully not on the road 

dont mess about its all you have between you and the tarmac 

wise moves to get them into the recycling bin 

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Re old tyres agree fully there’s been a few times where club members have had tyre failures on club runs/trips and the tyres have blebs on them or cracked in the walls. Some wealthy members who do all the maintenance and whiz bangs but for some reason if the tread looksOK won’t change the tyres.

on a club 2week trip to Tasmania one member had a failure wall cracks  he was only going to replace the one tyre I threatened him with cancelling his club permitted vehicle ie cheaper limited use registration which is permitted with club authority, unless he replaced them all! It was a bit chilly for a few days but his wife thanked me!

I’d rather use cheap Chinese tyres than old P’s or M’s. having said that it’s not an issue I get my M’s free, sons annual freebie. Trouble now is they don’t make my preferred 165/75/13 and I really don’t want to go 175/70/13 I know plenty do but I just think it’s too much esp with the 4.5 in rims on one car all others 5 in or larger.

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I have just acquired a vehicle built in 1980 and first registered in January 1981.  Car has current MOT cert and the seller still had it taxed as a Private rather than Historic Vehicle.  This road tax lapsed on my purchase and I need to "tax" the car as a Historic.  I have no logbook yet, apparently necessary to change to "Historic" at a Post Office only, not online with DVLA.

From reading the above, do I understand that even when I get the new logbook the change to Historic will not take effect the moment I present it at the PO but many weeks later ?

Is there any way round this farrago or do I have to pay a years tax in full and reclaim many weeks later when DVLA actions the change ?

Bemused of Baldock

 

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The DVA continues to confuse me...

After reading this thread I decided to see when my cars are due. The GT6 tax expired on July 31st.... oops. I'm in trouble again. But wait: no it didn't, I'm now taxed to July 2022. How did that happen?

My daughter's Fiesta is due from tomorrow, but when I went online to tax it just now, it's also taxed to 1st September 2022. 

We haven't MOTd a car, bar the GT6, in almost two years due to the Covid extensions (funny that the only one that is MOT exempt is the only one that had to be tested and wasn't extended!!) but it seems that unless someone else in the household is paying - which I doubt - the tax is skipping along merrily too. Strange...

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27 minutes ago, Ian Cooper said:

I have to say DVLA turned my 'Historic Vehicle' approval around in just under four weeks, also to website states that you can use the vehicle whilst awaiting your application.

Ian

My new classic showed on the DVLA website as "Untaxed" as soon as the seller registered the sale.  Cannot make an application at the PO for Historic tax class until I have the new logbook in my name, so no tax and no application yet.

Can I still use the vehicle whilst in this limbo situation ?

Nick   

Nonplussed of North Herts

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5 hours ago, Qu1ckn1ck said:

My new classic showed on the DVLA website as "Untaxed" as soon as the seller registered the sale.  Cannot make an application at the PO for Historic tax class until I have the new logbook in my name, so no tax and no application yet.

Can I still use the vehicle whilst in this limbo situation ?

Nick   

Nonplussed of North Herts

If its roadworthy of course you can use it but i have no idea if you have to pay! Best ring them up to check if its not clear on the website  .

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to show you dont need an mot at a post office theres declaration form V112

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/925057/v112-declaration-of-exemption-from-mot.pdf

there was a snag when i free taxed the 2000 when i bought her and the PO issued a free tax but kept the V5 and sent it away it reurned a week later , no idea why 

nothing seemed changed but you need a V5 with historic notation in place to avoid tax payments 

it has to be taxed and insured   to be on the road even though its free the system has to know or you will get anpr pulled 

pete

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The car has a valid MOT and was taxed to the end of the year as the previous owner had not done the change to Historic.  At the moment I have both MOT and Insurance but no VED tax and currently no Log Book, only the change of owner slip.  Will the PO accept a change to Historic with only the slip which has minimal info on it ?

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1 hour ago, Qu1ckn1ck said:

The car has a valid MOT and was taxed to the end of the year as the previous owner had not done the change to Historic.  At the moment I have both MOT and Insurance but no VED tax and currently no Log Book, only the change of owner slip.  Will the PO accept a change to Historic with only the slip which has minimal info on it ?

No, need log book but you can tax to drive it!

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The (expensive) saga continues.

Got the new V5 for my 41 year old recent acquisition today so completed the V112 form in best black capital letters and took both to the Post Office to change the car tax class to HISTORIC.

PO counter clerk went through all the motions, tore my new V5 in half and finally told me :  COMPUTER SAYS NO.

Luckily I had taken a current MOT Cert along too, so had to tax the car as PLG and cough up £280.

To add insult to injury his card machine kept rejecting my Visa Card but finally accepted it on the third try.

So what do I do now to claim Historic Tax Status?

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You either have to obtain evidence of the build date and take that to a DVLA office, or wait until April. The exemption begins on 1st April of the year following the vehicle's 40th birthday, and since yours was registered in 1981 that would be next April.

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