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What paperwork do you need when selling your car?

Updated on: 18 June 2021

A letter from the DVLA

Don’t put off the paperwork

The sales agreement has been drawn up; you’ve received payment and you have handed over the keys. All that’s left to do is the paperwork. Paperwork is a legal requirement, so don’t put it off, do it straight away.

Your log book (V5C)

You must inform the DVLA of the sale by filling in and sending off the form on the vehicle’s V5C registration document. Do this as soon as possible following the sale, as it proves you've sold the vehicle. Failing to do this will result in a fine.

The DVLA has a step-by-step guide which takes you through the correct process, and you can even submit the required information online.

You should also give the green ‘new keeper’ slip from the log book to the buyer.

MOT certificates and service history

If you have all the MOT certificates, you’re more likely to get a price close to your asking price. They’re proof that your car is roadworthy and well-cared for, and shows thorough checks and repairs have been done on your car.

You can also find your car's complete MOT history online.

Make a receipt

It’s a good idea to write out a receipt to the buyer, which includes things such as:

  • Car make and model

  • Registration number

  • Mileage

  • Acknowledgement the seller/buyer have agreed a price for the vehicle and the money has been received

  • A date and the signatures of both you the seller and the buyer

Then keep a copy of the receipt for yourself, and hand one over to the buyer.

Other actions

If your car is listed with a security register you must also inform them of the sale. If the forms are not with the rest of your paperwork, there should be a number printed on the car’s windows to call. Remember to make sure you have noted these details before the buyer drives off.

And finally, is the car under warranty, either an independent or manufacturers? If it is, don’t forget to get in touch with the warranty provider and give them the new owner’s details.

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