I'm selling one car and buying another and I want to keep the 'private / cherished / vanity' plate from my current car and move it to the new one.
That's probably not an uncommon sequence for peeps on this forum. The question is:
... what's the best sequence of DVLA reg / log book / tax / insurance etc moves for least hassle, max speed, min headache and max legality - and how long should I expect it all to take once I press the go button?
For the old car:
+ put current plate on retention with DVLA
+ get the new stock reg number for the old car and install plates to match
+ tell insurance the car is the same but the plate has changed. Do I need to re-tax on the new stock number for a few days while the car is in the process of being sold?
For the new car:
+ use retention certificate to assign the private plate to new car and install new plates to match
+ tax and move insurance to new car (which now has the same plate as the old car)
+ will the tax on the old plate simply wash through or do I need to stop and re-start it? That is, does the tax belong to the VIN or the reg?
+ send in the two V5C 'log books' with the different owners on
I'm sure there are a few gotchas - anyone know what they are?
What's the timing look like for all this?
Short of keeping the both cars off the road for a week or so while the machinations proceed, what's the legality / practicalities of driving while the tax / plates / insurance / ownership don't quite match up?