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    Some advice please. I'm going away on the 20th January for 2 to 3 months. The MOT on my car expires on Feb 6th. I pay my road tax monthly by dd. Is it worth sorning it and getting the MOT when I'm back or is it not worth the bother? It's a VW Golf so tax is probably 15 a month and I'd lose 3 months of my MOT. what do others do?

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    SORN it. It only takes a couple of minutes online. Don't give the tax man a penny more than you need to.

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    I always Sorn my car but remember you cancel the tax from the day you contact Dvla. So make a plan so you don't waste a whole months tax. Then retax at the beginning of a month when you return and make an appointment for the Mot at a garage so you can take the car on the road legally to re test it. Hope that makes sense?

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    Quote Originally Posted by carol View Post
    Some advice please. I'm going away on the 20th January for 2 to 3 months. The MOT on my car expires on Feb 6th. I pay my road tax monthly by dd. Is it worth sorning it and getting the MOT when I'm back or is it not worth the bother? It's a VW Golf so tax is probably 15 a month and I'd lose 3 months of my MOT. what do others do?
    SORN it matey cos you just know the man will screw you if you don't! Only takes seconds online then your mind's at peace for your travels. Enjoy the experience without burdening yourself with worry.

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    Very good advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff1950 View Post
    I always Sorn my car but remember you cancel the tax from the day you contact Dvla. So make a plan so you don't waste a whole months tax. Then retax at the beginning of a month when you return and make an appointment for the Mot at a garage so you can take the car on the road legally to re test it. Hope that makes sense?
    SORN it

    Or get a SORN AWF shotgun !

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    Hi ya,
    That's inconvenient timing for MOT vs Trip isn't it,
    If you can Park it suitably, & accept that it probably won't be insured as a result, Then Yep SORN it. & sort it out on your return. Would be my view.

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    I'd probably soon it too.

    When you return, I'm sure I am right in saying you'll have to get it MOT'd before you tax it.

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    If the car is being kept on a public road it NEEDS to be taxed. no exceptions.

    If it is on private land then SORN. There are provisions under the road traffic act that upon your return you can visit a test station for MOT and leave if necessary to an appropriate place of repair. 9( the test needs to be pre booked)

    Your insurance you need to keep going, two reasons. Firstly you have an insurable interest , secondly if you were to cancel odds are you will lose money.

    What may be worth doing is contacting them telling them where the vehicle is parked and you are going away. That is material fact which gives them opportunity to continue or withdraw cover.

    Channa

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    Could be Mistaken, But if you're going to keep your Vehicle insurance going as Channa suggested, Check that it covers you on PRIVATE OFF ROAD conditions that's going to be required to be met if you SORN it. Some may not so it's worth a call.
    Last edited by Nesting Zombie; 02-01-2017 at 13:59.

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    Thanks for the advice. My car would normally be on the road but if I SORN it, it will be off road.

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