ONE lucky Pinner resident drove home a brand new car worth nearly £10,000 last week after spending a mere four minutes updating his tax disc.

Chris Rees was shocked to hear he was the owner of a brand new SEAT Ibiza after automatically being entered for a prize draw on the DVLA website.

It is the first time a government agency has created such a prize draw and 46-year-old Mr Rees is one of 30 winners across the country so far.

Speaking after the win, the accountant, who claimed his prize at a car showroom in Kingsbury on Friday, said: "I had been looking at trading in my old car for quite some time, so winning a new one was definitely a very pleasant surprise.

"Having spent just a couple of minutes updating my tax online I certainly didn't expect to be winning a brand new car."

Each month the DVLA has handed out three Seat Ibiza's, given to them for free, to prize draw winners, and it has just announced that the draw will continue for the next year.

Andrew Rhodes, DVLA’s Products and Services Director said: “First of all we would like to congratulate Chris and we all hope he is enjoying his brand new car.

"Fortunately, there are plenty more chances to win as we are continuing with the prize draw for another 12 months, so just think, you too could driving away in a brand new car just by picking up the phone, or clicking a mouse button.

"Using the online or phone service is quick and easy and you don’t need to find your MOT or insurance documents, because we automatically check them for you.”

To renew vehicle tax or SORN quickly and easily log onto: or phone 0870 850 4444 or textphone 0870 850 4445.

The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.