Abandoned cars how to apply for ownership FAQ

Discussion in 'Vehicle Related FAQs' started by A.N. Other, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. A.N. Other Banned after significant club disruption Dec 5th 2

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    A fairly common question, so time to put together a sticky FAQ on this I think...

    How to go about it:

    Firstly call the Police first to check the car has not been involved in criminal activity, and mention it has been left as though it were abandoned.

    If clean, go to the post office and apply for the V5, via the V62 form. Previously free, you now need to pay DVLA 25.

    The form is also downloadable on-line here.

    On receipt, the DVLA will write to the previous registered keeper informing them that someone is trying to re-register the vehicle and if thats OK with them.

    If (and only if) the registered owner does not object, you will be issued with a V5 log book.

    Clearly you cannot technically move the car prior to being allocated a V5, since the owner could say I want it and by default youd be in the possession of a stolen car. However some will say move the car first to avoid it being vandalized etc. This is very inadvisable.

    Timescale between applying for V5 via V62 and actually receiving it unknown. Anyone?

    Comments welcome on this from anyone with more info Ill add anymore useful info that comes up, tidy the thread and close it as an FAQ in due course.

    DVLA info page here

    [Ive gathered together various bits of info for this thread: thanks to jake & Unknown for the bits I plagiarised]
     
  2. Andy947 Forum Addict

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    Surely this is open to abuse, what if someone goes on holiday for a long while and you apply for a V5, they get a letter, do not respond, and you get the car?

    Must be more to it [:?:]
     
  3. WEZ

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    if they don't respond then you don't get it,as you don't have the current owners permission [:s]
     
  4. A.N. Other Banned after significant club disruption Dec 5th 2

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    All good points - and yes, this does seem odd..
     
  5. davey Forum Member

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    ownership of v5 does not mean that the veichle is yours! it just lets that the dvla know who is responsible for it!

    im sure it tells you that in the log book explained hand book!
     
  6. kev25v6 Forum Member

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    Registered keeper does not mean you are the owner of a car though, thats what the V5 is for(registered keeper)
     

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