While it is best to pay your car tax ahead of it being due, we will explore the content of this article to learn whether or not a vehicle owner can tax their car on a Saturday. In addition to this, we will also compare paying your car tax if it is a brand new car versus a second-hand one. In the end, we will discuss how to pay your car tax while your vehicle logbook is being renewed.  

Can I Tax My Car On A Saturday?

Yes, you can tax your car on a Saturday. In fact, you can pay your car tax any day of the year when you make your payment online. You can do this by either using a direct debit facility for your car tax payment or by using a debit or credit card. 

In case you want to make your payment through a post office, you will need to check which post office near you are operational; as well as their timings since post offices usually close in the afternoon on Saturdays.

However, you need to make sure that you are not making this payment right before your car tax is due to run out as it generally takes five working days for your car tax payment status to be updated on the DVLA website.

You should also keep in mind that the car tax starts on the first day of the month. Therefore,  if you make a payment anytime during the month, the entire month will be paid for. While this may benefit you if you make a payment in the early days of a new month, you might feel at a loss when you make a car tax payment after the 15th day of the ongoing month.

In order to pay your car tax you should make sure that the vehicle is registered in your name; especially if you have just bought it. You will also need the following documents to prove your ownership of the car and pay your car tax:

  • your V11 reminder notice which states the vehicle owner’s name and the amount of car tax due for the next tax term
  • a V62 logbook application form which shows that you have applied for a V5 while the previous one has gone missing
  • a V5C/2 Green slip that is issued to new car owners while the ownership of their vehicle is transferred from the previous owner

You can choose to pay your car tax through direct debit, debit or credit card, online transfer, bank cheque or your local post office that deals with car tax.

If you need to tax a new car on your own, you must fill out a V55/4 form. This form can also be used to tax new imported vehicles and newly built (kit) cars. When applying for your car tax, you will need to prove your identity either using a copy of your driving licence. 

How Do I Tax A Car From A Dealer?

If you want to get a new car taxed through the dealer from whom you’ve purchased the car, you will need to provide the below information to them to pay your car tax:

  • Name of the vehicle owner
  • Address of the vehicle owner
  • V5C/2 registration or New Keeper Supplement of the vehicle

Car dealers can make car tax payments on your behalf in any of the following ways:

  • online 
  • over the phone 
  • at the local post office

Once your car tax is paid, the dealer will share your vehicle logbook or V5C registration certificate with you.

How Can I Tax A Second Hand Car?

If you need to tax a second-hand car, you will first need to make sure that the previous owner has added your name (and other details) to the “new keeper” section of the V5C and send it to the Drivers And Vehicles Licensing Agency. They will give you a green slip that you need to keep safe as it is proof of your ownership of the car until the car log book certifies it through the DVLA. 

You can use the 12-digit number that appears on your green slip (also termed as your V5C2 reference number) to pay your car tax while you are waiting for your car logbook to be renewed/transferred to your name.

The DVLA will send you an email as soon as your vehicle has been registered in your name and a new vehicle logbook is posted to your address. It usually takes 2 to 4 weeks for a new V5C to be sent to new owners by the DVLA.

Can I Tax A Car While My V5C Is Being Renewed?

Yes, you can pay your car tax while waiting for your vehicle logbook to be renewed. If you have purchased a brand new car and you are the first owner, your dealers can arrange for the payment of your car tax. 

Most of the time your car tax is included along with the price of your car and any registration fee that is to be levied. 

In the case of a second-hand car, if the dealer does not arrange a logbook transfer to your name, you can do the same by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on their website. However, it is advisable to purchase a vehicle with an updated logbook to avoid fraud or the purchase of a stolen car.

Payments can be made through local post offices registered for car tax. You may use a debit card, credit card or direct debit facility to make your car tax payment(s).

Conclusion:

The discussion in this blog post helps us conclude that taxing your car on a Saturday is definitely possible, although if you are used to paying your car tax through the post office, you will need to pay a visit early in the day as the offices close down in the afternoon on Saturdays. You can still pay your car tax on a Saturday using an online payment option such as using a debit or credit card.

FAQs: Can I Tax My Car On A Saturday?

Can I tax my car before the end of the month?

Yes, you can tax your car before the end of the month. If someone makes a car tax payment during the month, the entire month will be taken into account. Therefore, it may be wise to make car tax payments as early as possible during a month’s tenure. 

Can you drive a car home from a dealer without tax?

Unless you are driving your untaxed car to a pre-booked MOT test, you cannot drive an untaxed car on public roads. Therefore, it is best to make sure that your vehicle’s tax is paid before you drive it away from the car dealership site.

How do you tax a car that you have just bought?

Usually, car dealers arrange to have car tax paid and registered to your name while making the sale. They will add this amount and any registrations, and fees incurred during the transfer of ownership of the car to the price of the vehicle and charge it to the new owners.

Do I need to tax a brand-new car?

Yes, you need to tax a brand new car as all roadworthy vehicles are required to pay car tax. If you have purchased a brand new car and you are the first owner, check with your dealer if they have made payment (details will be in your car logbook). In the other case, use your V5C to make an online payment. 

Can I tax a car that is not in my name?

No, you cannot tax a car that is not in your name. To be able to pay car tax, you must be the registered keeper of the vehicle in DVLA records.

References:

Apply for vehicle tax in advance – GOV.UK

Tax your vehicle – GOV.UK

How To Tax A Car: Car Tax Guide (2022 Update) | Motorway

How do you tax a car you’ve just bought? – Confused.com

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