From: Adrian on 14 Feb 2010 10:48
"IanT" <noemail(a)email.co.uk> gurgled happily, sounding much like they were
> If it is found at another address then both driver and keeper will be
Complete and utter bollocks. I've got several cars on SORN. None of them
are stored at the registered address. All are perfectly legit.
From: Mrcheerful on 14 Feb 2010 11:29
> Not exactly about maintenance but about cars, so I hope this is not
> too far off topic; apologies if it is.
> An elderly relative has had to stop driving for medical reasons and
> doesn't want strangers coming to look at the car at their house, so
> has asked us to sell it for them. For our convenience, it would be
> best if we could move the car to our house, so that buyers can come
> and view/test drive here.
> The problem is moving it: the tax has expired. If we put 6 months tax
> on, we could drive it to our house. Is this worth doing because would
> a taxed car be more desirable to a buyer?
> If not, what other options are there? I don't think it would be worth
> our while having it professionally recovered would it? (It will be a
> twenty miles-ish trip) Would it be worth considering towing it
> ourselves? I presume a SORN car can be towed? If so, is it allowed to
> have the engine on to give power steering and brakes?
you would be best to put a one year tax on it, either add it to the sale
price or cash it in when it is sold (one year rather than six months to
avoid the punitive 10 per cent charge for a short term tax disc.)
From: Fred on 14 Feb 2010 16:47
On Sun, 14 Feb 2010 13:37:50 GMT, Chris Whelan
>My understanding is that no part of the vehicle can be in contact with
>the road if it is SORNed, so towing with a dolly would be equally illegal.
Thanks everyone. I'm glad I asked here first before I got into
I made the mistake of thinking that an untaxed car could not use the
road under its own power. I really thought it would be ok to tow it
with its engine off since it would be pulled by a taxed engine. I was
uncertain what would happen if I started the engine in the towed car
to use its power steering and brakes and that's why I posted. I would
like to think there is some common sense and logic to my argument but
it seems the law is much more draconian.
I do think it is silly not to allow cars to be towed, especially if
two of the wheels are lifted but the "or" in "sorn" does mean "off
road" so I realise you are all right. We will get some tax but we'll
wait for the start of March first, as someone else advised. This is
the best way because it will allow test drives and hopefully make the
car a more attractive buy.
From: Mike Barnard on 14 Feb 2010 16:46
On 14 Feb 2010 15:48:52 GMT, Adrian <toomany2cvs(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>"IanT" <noemail(a)email.co.uk> gurgled happily, sounding much like they were
>> If it is found at another address then both driver and keeper will be
>Complete and utter bollocks. I've got several cars on SORN. None of them
>are stored at the registered address. All are perfectly legit.
PMFBI, but I'm curious. Why DO people store so many cars, for so long?
Surely they mostly lose value?
Near here there are dozens of garage compounds and several SORN'd
cars. There are two Sorn'd L reg citroens in one, (One was last taxed
in 2004, one 2007) one V reg Tigra that's been there for at least 2
years outside another. Flat tyres, weed growing around them... they
just get in the way, I really don't understand the logic in keeping
Oh well, each to their own.
From: Adrian on 14 Feb 2010 17:37
Mike Barnard <m.barnard.trousers(a)thunderin.co.uk> gurgled happily,
sounding much like they were saying:
>>> If it is found at another address then both driver and keeper will be
>>Complete and utter bollocks. I've got several cars on SORN. None of them
>>are stored at the registered address. All are perfectly legit.
> PMFBI, but I'm curious. Why DO people store so many cars, for so long?
> Surely they mostly lose value?
Of the four SORNed I've got, one is merely off the road and untaxed over
winter (and of huge sentimental value to 'erself), one is currently MOTd
but not insured through indolence (and takes up virtually zero space,
being the same physical size as a bicycle), whilst the other two are long-
term projects - and both unique in the UK.