The really important paperwork

If you are selling your car, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of getting a good price, here we look at some useful tips for when it comes to preparing the paperwork.

Our guide to selling a car provides you with tips and advice on the entire process of selling a car, from how to decide your asking price to preparing the sales paperwork and taking care of the legal requirements.

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

You must inform the DVLA (opens in a new window) 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. Failing to do this will result in a fine. For more information visit the DVLA (opens in a new window) website.

If your car is listed with a security register you must also inform them of the sale. If the requisite 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.

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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