It has been a long time since I had to do this . How long do you have between buying the car (2nd hand) and taxing it . I know we need the documents which won't be handed over until we pay so do we have to drive to a PO straight away ?
Go to the dealer and pay for the vehicle. Pick up the V5C, which will show the vehicle in the 'Disabled' taxation class. Drive to the DVLA local office, fill in the necessary bits of the V5C, and you'll also need to complete a form V10, they're available online if you wanted to fill it in beforehand to save a bit of time.
Once the forms are filled in, you'll be able to pay the DVLA their blood money, and they'll issue you with a VEL in the correct taxation class for your vehicle. They'll also take care of the re-registration of the vehicle on the V5C, and the change in taxation class on the V5C, which you'll get back through the post after about 4 weeks.
Then, armed with your (expensive) VEL, you drive back to the dealers, pop it in the window of your new wheels, and providing you've got insurance, you can drive your nice new (to you) vehicle home.
We always get the dealer or seller to tax it before we buy. Once this meant the seller doing the round trip to the tax office at some inconvenience and expense, but that was the condition we placed on buying it.
Otherwise it is a massive hassle which you just don't need.
Well we got round it by me taking my car to do the PO run . tbh I can't find anything recent about it online, apart from new vehicles can be registered by dealer but for used you need the V5. It's a legit dealership btw.
Thanks , that was what dealer said but technically it is illegal! You'd have thought there would be a better system to avoid this, such as a week's cover note, but suppose it is open to fraud and abuse. Anyway job done now