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    Nova Tax & MOT exempt???

    Hi Guys n Galls
    Hope you all Safe & Well.
    Quick question......
    My Nova was registered on 16th September 1980
    Does this mean that come 16th September she will qualify for TAX & MOT exemption??
    Cheers
    Dave

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    Mine was registered in 1985 but because it's built on a 1967 Beetle it's already classified as an historic vehicle which means free road tax and MOT exemption. Yours may similarily comply depending on how it was first registered as a Kit car. I'm assuming it's not Q reg? If it retains the original Beetle reg. no. there's a good chance it is listed as year of manufacture being the same as the original Beetle. Given that the extensive modifications (converted to a Nova) happened more than 30 years ago it will then fall into that category.

    Go to this page and fill in your reg no. to check the age of the vehicle (Note that age and date of registration aren't always the same):- https://vehicleenquiry.service.gov.u...763.1585681520
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    I found your reg no. in the owners database and checked it on line - the bad news is it's registered as year of manufacture 1980 so does not yet comply as above. However, once it's past 40 years old it will be entitled to historical vehicle status. Not sure if that is as soon as the september date has passed or if you will have to wait until next January though?
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    I've got a similar 'problem' .... my first registration is recorded as June 1970 BUT my year of manufacture is recorded as 1988.

    I'm a bit annoyed about this because the previous owner of the car built it in 1983. I bought the car from him around 1987, and had it resprayed in 1988, when I simply advised the DVLA of a change of colour, but they've recorded it as the year of manufacture.

    When I get to the stage of getting her on the road I might contact the previous owner to see if he's got any evidence of building the car in 1983 so that I could hopefully get Historic Vehicle status in 2023. Failing that it'll be 2028!!

    That said, I'll be happy to present it for an MOT and if I've got to pay some road tax so be it.

    In the meantime I need to get the engine running and keep the restoration moving!

    Looking forward to seeing the Golf Kart up in Scotland sometime

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    This may help to clarify:- https://assets.publishing.service.go...c-vehicles.pdf

    My understanding is that you will have to wait until April 2021 before it becomes eligible.
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    I even have the same problem on my E30 BMW registered in 1987 but 're-registered' in 1995 and that's what they have been going on despite the fact I have a 'birth certificate' from the Russian BMW club., the original service book with 1987 PDI and 1987 on the log book, still a 1995 according to the insurance company.

    Moral is, You can't screw with bureaucracy.

    Oh, yeah, Q plate, whole different ball game.
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    However, another thing you may wish to try is to identify the age of the donor car based on the vin no. Plenty of on line references to go by , e.g. - https://www.thesamba.com/vw/archives...ssisdating.php

    It's accepted that the date of registration is not the date of manufacture so you could present a case that your car was first built in the year shown by deciphering the vin no. and the major modification (converted into a Nova) was carried out more than 30 years ago. Thereby allowing your car to be given historic vehicle status. The same principle could also apply to all Novas constructed prior to 1990
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    Cheers

    Thanks for your help Phil , I am sure It will be Tax & Mot exempt as it is Non Q and date of first registration is September 1980 so we are past the 40 year stage .....so when she is running and ready for her trip back to Glasgow she will be historic and although no Mot required she will be safe and sound thanks to bushboy and his golden touch 😁😁😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by glasgowgolfer View Post
    Thanks for your help Phil , I am sure It will be Tax & Mot exempt as it is Non Q and date of first registration is September 1980 so we are past the 40 year stage .....so when she is running and ready for her trip back to Glasgow she will be historic and although no Mot required she will be safe and sound thanks to bushboy and his golden touch 😁😁😁
    Regardless of how the MoT isn't required, I would still take it for such a test for peace of mind if nothing else!

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter
    ...You can't screw with bureaucracy.
    But bureaucracy will screw you whenever they like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaisa View Post
    Regardless of how the MoT isn't required, I would still take it for such a test for peace of mind if nothing else!


    But bureaucracy will screw you whenever they like it.
    Absolutely.....safety 1st, would always get it checked every year.....I have a 1974 MK1 Escort coming over from South Africa soon and it will be TAX & MOT Exempt but will still get it checked every year.

    cheers

    Dave

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