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The importance of V5 documents

If you’ve ever bought or sold a van before or any other vehicle, then there’s a great chance that you’ve heard of V5 documents before. It’s a really important document relating to your van, so it pays to know something about it. Unfortunately it is not a piece of paper that reduces your van’s insurance or grants you free parking wherever you go, but is important, especially if you’re wanting to sell your vehicle.

What is it?

The V5C document stands for your vehicle registration documents that register the vehicle with the driver/owner and the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).  The document contains essential information about your vehicle such as the sate it was first registered, its manufacturer, model, colour and engine size.

The information on this document should all be correct, however, if there is a mistake on it, whether that to be information related to the car or your personal details, you’ll need to contact DVLA to change it.

What if I don’t have one?

If you don’t have a logbook for your vehicle, it is highly recommended that you apply to the DVLA for a replacement. A replacement usually takes around 4 weeks to arrive and costs around £25. A lack of a logbook will make it impossible to tax and extremely difficult to sell the car as potential buyers will not trust buying a van without the key document. If you have bought a van with no logbook, this could be a clue of a stolen vehicle. Without a vehicle logbook, you can still get a full vehicle history check.

It is important that whenever you buy or sell a vehicle, that you have a copy of the V5C documentation that you can pass onto the buyer, or can receive on payment.

The process of completing the V5C form is simple enough. It is important to ensure that all of your details are correct and that all of the details of the new owner are also correct. Simply then send the new information to the DVLA.

Is your van ready for summer?

Summer is here, the sun is out, and driving in the sun is so much more enjoyable! But don’t hit the road just yet, it is important to make sure that your van is as ready for the road as you are. It is important to give your van a good looking over to ensure it is tip top driving condition.

Do your initial checks. After driving in bad weather conditions for months on end, it is important to check that everything is in good working order. Are the tyres in good condition? Are all the nuts and bolts correctly attached and tightened?

Some of these checks may need to be carried out by a specialist. Summer is the ideal time of year to get your van serviced, even if it isn’t time for your MOT. A mechanic can check elements of your vehicle such as brake fluid levels and change this as and when necessary.  It doesn’t need to cost a fortune and can really provide you with the peace-of-mind that your van is in great working order.

Do your tyres have enough tread? Checking your tyres is really important. Tyres give your bike the necessary grip on the road and provide a sense of control whilst you are driving. A low tyre tread might be just as well replacing now, as waiting until mid-way through the summer may be false economy. Not only are you risking an accident on tyres that are almost due for changing, but it provides you with peace of mind that you will be driving round in a safe van. Makes the most of your van during the summer months and make all the necessary checks and changes today.

Give your van a spring clean. As with everything, summer is a great season for getting rid of the cobwebs and starting a fresh. Give your van a post winter clean and polish ready to wow. Just make sure you don’t put washing-up liquid in the water as it contains salt which will play havoc with the paint work. You can use exactly the same products that you use on your car in and on your van!