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Old 1st October 2020, 04:58 PM
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But they need a good thrashing every now and again otherwise things like the F125 switch and calipers seem to object to idleness. SWMBO does mention SORN word every now and again but I try to rationalise that its cheaper than playing golf. Took mine out today and it purred along. The gearbox was serviced at Mackies* a few weeks back and seems nice and smooth.
(*5HP24 service is now £175+VAT)
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Old 1st October 2020, 05:35 PM
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I have learned that paying the road tax and taking them for a thrash now and again is considerably more cost effective than fixing the stuff that breaks when they get bored!
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Old 1st October 2020, 05:44 PM
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What do you think I did with it immediately before logging on to SORN it?
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Old 1st October 2020, 06:38 PM
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I have learned that paying the road tax and taking them for a thrash now and again is considerably more cost effective than fixing the stuff that breaks when they get bored!
+1. And six months is waay too long to leave them without running. Even when my Coupe was SORNed over winter, I'd still take it for an occasional run
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Old 2nd October 2020, 02:36 PM
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What is SORN?
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Old 2nd October 2020, 02:58 PM
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What is SORN?
It stands for 'Statutory Off Road Notification'. What it basically means is that we in the UK can take our car off the road (SORN) and don't have to pay the VED (Vehicle Excise Duty, commonly called 'Road Tax' here). We would SORN a car if it won't be used for several months, say over the winter months, or as is happening now with all the lockdowns. We still have to keep the vehicle insured though.

Every little bit helps in saving a few pounds. My VED costs £325 a year and that's for a 3.7. The 5.2 D3 S8 I used to have costs £580 a year.
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Old 2nd October 2020, 08:15 PM
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What is SORN?
Thanks for asking that. I didn't know either.

Sadly mine are also off the road since spring. I SORN´d my car only a month ago. When I realised that I have no idea when I might have it back in one piece
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We still have to keep the vehicle insured though.
It's not a legal requirement to have it insured but you may want to keep it insured in case of fire, theft etc
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Old 3rd October 2020, 10:20 PM
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It's not a legal requirement to have it insured but you may want to keep it insured in case of fire, theft etc
Another learning day at school. Since my return to the UK in 2012, I was led to believe by my insurance company that you needed to have your car insured at all times, as part of the 'continuous insurance enforcement' introduced in 2011, so never questioned it.

On the other hand, as you say, probably best to keep it insured in case of any mishaps.
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