The weird and wonderful items found in untaxed cars


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A drumkit, Beavis and Butthead trading cards and a toilet are just some of the ‘stranger things’ found in untaxed vehicles. You may be surprised at what else people have in their cars…


It turns out you could lose more than just your car if you don’t tax it. The DVLA has released a list of people’s belongings found in clamped and impounded cars over the past year. It’s safe to say that as well as the everyday things, some more unusual items were discovered:

  • Two vacuum cleaners
  • Three angle grinders
  • A box of hard hats
  • Lawnmower
  • Off-road quad bike
  • Segway
  • Half a corner sofa
  • Fishing rods and tackle
  • Male torso mannequins
  • Full set of golf clubs

And there were a few high-ticket items left behind too including games consoles, home appliances and a pair of Gucci sunglasses.

To avoid losing your car and its contents, remember to tax your vehicle – even if your car tax costs nothing. 

DVLA’s Head of Enforcement, Tim Burton, said: “Having your car clamped is expensive and inconvenient – and as this list of items shows, you could end up losing more than just the car!

“DVLA operates a range of measures to make vehicle tax easy to pay and hard to avoid. While the vast majority of motorists do the right thing and tax their cars correctly, it is right that we take action against those that break the law and fail to tax their car.

“It’s never been easier to tax your car – it’s just a few clicks to do it online and you can do it 24 hours a day. You can also spread payments across the year by Direct Debit, so there really is no excuse.

“The law is clear and so are the consequences – tax it or lose it.”

For more information on taxing your car and the rates, check out our guide – car tax explained.

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