Doing the paperworkOnce you’ve sealed the deal, you’ll need to write a receipt acknowledging the following information:

• The date
• Price
• Make and model
• Registration number
• The names and addresses of the buyer and seller

Make two copies – one for you and one for the buyer – and make sure all parties sign both receipts.

Complete the tear-off portion at the bottom of the V5C registration document (logbook) and send it to the DVLA. Give the top part of the V5C to the new owner.

Informing the DVLA means you won’t be liable for any fines racked up after the sale.

Hand over the car’s handbook, service log, MOT certificate (if the car is over three years old) and any documents relating the car’s warranty, if it still has one.

Inform your insurance company and return the tax disc to the DVLA for a refund (unless it’s part of the deal).

More in-depth selling advice:

Setting the price | Writing a car advert | Taking great photos
Preparing your car for sale | Dealing with buyers
Dealing with canvassers
Closing the deal | Doing the paperwork

How Auto Trader can help:
Closing the deal
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