"Jonathan Williams" <Jon@nospam.co.uk> wrote in message
> Have sold my Disco to a guy in France who is coming over to pick it up
> and take it back with him to France.
> Should I just fill in the notification of permanent export and let him
> take the remainder of the V5 with him when he goes. I assume as soon
> as DVLA receive this notification they don't care about who owns the
> vehicle anymore. Do I need any evidence from customs to prove it has
> been taken out of the country.
> Any advice please. DVLA recorded info just repeats what it says on
> the form and doesn't anticipate this scenario.
I had a real dust-up with DVLA about just this problem last year. At
first, they said I should have signed the "permanent export" section,
but I explained that I was not prepared to sign a manifestly untrue
statement: I was _not_ exporting the vehicle, and I had no control
whatsoever over what my buyer would do with it once it left my drive.
Eventually, I had a letter from a TJ Horton, on behalf of their Head of
External and Corporate Services. In it, he said:
"... your particular circumstances are not catered for in the formal
guidelines. In the light of your enquiry, we will add new material to
the booklet (INS160) at the next reprint."
"If the purchaser does not have an address in this country and wishes to
export the vehicle immediately the existing registration document can be
handed to the buyer. The document may then be presented to the
registration authority abroad to effect re-registration"
"In order to discharge your liability a letter should be sent notifying
DVLA that you are no longer responsible for the vehicle. This will
prevent any subsequent action being taken against you in the event of
unlicensed use and other offences that might be committed after you have
disposed of the vehicle"
So I'd sign the changes section, hand it over, write to the DVLA, and
stick a note in your diary to chase them up if they don't acknowledge
your letter within a few weeks. I'd let the buyer worry about Customs.
Apparently DVLA won't themselves notify foreign (even EC) registration
authorities, and can't even record foreign addresses. So much for the
"unified European V5C"
Must check whether they ever did update the booklet like they promised.
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