Remembering the DVLA adverts telling you that you're liable for your car until you inform the DVLA that it's been transferred I started really stressing that I was going to have to cough up with this money. After a number of fraught phone calls and Skype calls, I finally managed to track down that:
- The DVLA's automated phone system is tortuous (but we knew that anyway)
- They go by the date written on the form, not the date they received the form - HOORAY!
- The guy had broken down on the M40 (not crashed)
- kissycat1000 had his details buried in an email somewhere, so I was able to get the details to the company almost straight away
- That the DVLA and the recovery company are open until at least 7:30pm (thank god, that's saved my night's sleep)
- I'm quite glad I didn't sell the car to a friend after all.
I think I'm 95% happy I'm off the hook. But f'ing hell. If anyone sells a car, post the slip the same damn day, or risk all sorts of pain and misery.
Right, I'm off to have dinner, have a shower and try to relax and enjoy the rest of my evening.
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