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Right, well bought my BMW 316 off a dealer, picked it up last night.

 

Put a deposit down last week but he had to get it MOT'd and Tax'd. All done, tax'd and mot'd.

 

The issue though :

 

The previous owner had a private number plate which he wants back, he went to put the plate on retention but the DVLA said he had an 'old' log book so he had to buy a new one. So he's waiting on paperwork for that. So all the new tax and mot is on the 'normal' plate which I shall be having.

 

However, I currently have the car on the private plate, with the tax listed on that plate which runs out on the 31st, and the same for MOT.

 

When the 31st comes, im assuming I cannot drive the car until the paperwork comes through and it's all switched onto the plate?

 

As the tax disk will show a different plate i know for sure, but not sure on MOT?

 

Or can i drive it with the private plate and the tax would cover me?

 

:unsure: :nutter:

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Ok, bought the car.

 

Atm its on the private plate, which that plate has tax and mot until 31st.

 

The 'original' plate, which it is in the process of being switched to.

 

Has tax and MOT.

 

However, im waiting on the paperwork from the dealer so then i can go up there, switch the plates, put the original on which has years mot and tax all cooshty.

 

But, because of this situation, if i was to display the 'new' tax which has the 'original' plate written on it,but with the private plate on, this would be invalid? And is the MOT only applicable to the car in conjunction with the plate too?

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Confused how can a car have an mot and tax disc for a plate that is not yet registered to the car? When you take a private plate you are not 100% going to get the original plate back on it.

 

If the previous owner has applied for a new style log book as you put it he cannot apply for a plate transer until he has it as it will need sent away again to ask for the private plate to be put on retention.

 

All sounds a bit dodgy to me.

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Confused how can a car have an mot and tax disc for a plate that is not yet registered to the car? When you take a private plate you are not 100% going to get the original plate back on it.

 

If the previous owner has applied for a new style log book as you put it he cannot apply for a plate transer until he has it as it will need sent away again to ask for the private plate to be put on retention.

 

All sounds a bit dodgy to me.

 

:cheers:

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Who the hell sold you the car?

 

Because they sound like a bunch of bloody cowboys. I've had private plates before and it takes no effort whatsoever to retain the plate. I had my private plate on my Escort, and retained it before selling the car.

 

Lots of things wrong with this:

 

1. The previous owner should have put the plate up for retention before selling the car.

2. It's the car, not the plate that is MOT'd and taxed. If done correctly, once you swap plates then the DVLA will issue you with a new MOT certificate and Tax Disc for the new plate.

3. They should have MOT'd the car with the plate it has on, not a 'phantom' plate. That way, the DVLA will do what I said in Number 2 and issue you with new documents.

 

What license plate number does the MOT and Tax have on it? It should be the one that's on the car at the moment. If not, then something illegal is going on and I'd have a word with a dealer. Unless I'm mistaken, you have to MOT the car with the current plate it has, otherwise the whole system would be a mess.

 

Alternatively, tell the previous owner to f*ck themselves as it's their problem they didn't keep the plate.

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Alternatively, tell the previous owner to f*ck themselves as it's their problem they didn't keep the plate.

 

Thats the bit I would be focusing on. You got the car from the dealer, sod the previous owner, they should have sorted it before selling it or trading it in. You bought it with private plates.

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I rang the dealer.

 

It's all fine, the old boy has just given him the docs for the car to be put on my normal plates.

 

I think it will look crap now with a normal plate though, although the plate has no meaning to me, I think it gives it a better look.

 

What a massive confusion, mainly down to the DVLA for saying he had an old log. But that said, he shouldnt have let me take the car, but maybe he did because he knew I was so keen for it and kept pestering him.

 

Thanks for your input lads, and a rough idea of a private plate would be good, or a place to go? Thanks :cheers:

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