Drivers are selling a tiny piece of paper from their cars for more than £1k on eBay

Believe it or not the old tax discs (yes the ones that used to be in cars back in the good ol’ days) are selling for literal thousands online.

Indeed, certain tax discs with particular dates are fetching up to £1,000 on sites like eBay, despite the fact that tax discs were scrapped years ago.

The first tax discs were brought in exactly 100 years ago (in 1921 if you’re bad at maths) and henceforth became commonplace in windscreens.

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These are basically classic trading cards for boomers

These discs proved to snoopers peering in through the windscreen, as well as the eyes of the law, that the driver had paid vehicle tax (vehicle excise duty if you want to give it its full name).

But like everything made of paper these days, tax discs were phased out in favour of an electronic register.

Most of the 1.7 billion tax discs issued during this period were destroyed, so you can see where this is going.

Now that there are a finite number of them in existence, they have acquired a collectors’ value and can now sell for hundreds online, according to

On eBay one disc, in particular, is being sold for up to £1,250. We wish we were joking.

The tax disc in question dates back to the 70s when life was more peace and love. It’s unsued and came in before decimalisation, making it a boomer’s must-have.

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Another set of discs selling for big wads of cash comes from the mid-2010s.

In 2014, when the material ordinarily used to print the discs ran out, people would receive non-perforated tax discs, which they’d have to cut out themselves.

Since these were only printed for a limited run, they have gained a “limited edition” status. Likewise, those with typos and printing errors are also seen as more valuable.

Much like 90s-era trading cards, discs in good condition will sell for more. Similarly, tax discs which have their sleeve intact (the paper that surrounds the disc) are also more collectable.

According to The Mirror, vehicles used for the war effort had very rare tax discs with ‘War Service’ marked on them.

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