road tax refund for scrapped car

If you’ve just scrapped your car, you might be wondering if you can get a refund on any outstanding road tax. You’ll be pleased to know that the answer to that question is: yes. Fortunately, it’s a relatively simple process, but there are a few things you need to know. So, to find out how to receive your road tax refund, read our handy guide.


Can I get a refund on my road tax if I scrap my car?

Yes. When you tell the DVLA that your vehicle has been scrapped, any remaining road tax will be refunded to the car’s registered keeper.


How to claim back road tax when your car is scrapped

You must inform the DVLA If you have scrapped your car at a vehicle scrapyard. Once the DVLA have been made aware, your vehicle tax will automatically be cancelled.

According to the DVLA:

“You’ll automatically get a refund cheque for any full months left on your vehicle tax. The refund is calculated from the date DVLA gets your information. The cheque is sent to the name and address on the vehicle log book.”

It's worth noting that you won’t, however, receive a refund for any credit card fees or any surcharges on Direct Debit payments or single 6-month payments.


What if I pay road tax by Direct Debit?

If you’ve been paying your road tax via Direct Debit, the DVLA will cancel it automatically once they have received notice of you scrapping your car.


When will I receive my road tax refund?

You should receive your refund cheque after around 8 weeks once you have informed the DVLA. If you have not received it after this time, get in touch with the DVLA. You can call them on 0300 790 6802 or use their email service to do this. There are other ways to contact them, too, and you can find additional contact information here.


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