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It's easy to be daunted by the various bits of paperwork that accompany your car, but there's nothing to be frightened of. Once the deal has been sealed, you'll need to write a receipt acknowledging the following information:

  • The date
  • The amount paid
  • The make and model of car sold
  • The car's registration
  • The names and addresses of buyer and seller

Make two copies of the receipt; one for you and one for the buyer. The most important thing for you to do next is to fill out the tear-off portion of your car's registration document (its V5C) and send it off to the DVLA; give the top part of the V5C to the new owner. Telling the DVLA that the car has a new owner means you won't be liable for any fines racked up after the sale.

Finish off by handing over any other useful documentation such as:

  • The car's handbook and service records
  • The MOT certificate (if it's over three years old)
  • Any paperwork that relates to the car's warranty, if it still has one

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