What Do I Do When I Sell My Car Privately?

Essential paperwork

  • Write a receipt and make two copies – one for you and one for your buyer.
  • Complete and sends the V5C to the DVLA.
  • Give the new owner the car’s handbook, the keys (including any duplicate sets), the service logbook plus any receipts you have, and the MOT certificate if the car is over three years old.

What is the safest way to sell a car privately?

6 Tips That Will Help You Safely Buy Or Sell Your Car On

  1. Meet the buyer/seller in-person, and preferably not alone.
  2. Look for good, clear pictures.
  3. If the ad or communication has poor language, be wary.
  4. Know the price of the car.
  5. Make sure you see (or have) all the right paperwork.
  6. Pay in cash, never wire money.
  7. Summary.

What do I do with the registration after I sell my car?

So, when you go to sell your vehicle, you’ll want to remove the license plate (or plates) from your car, and return them to your local DMV office along with your registration papers. The DMV can then make a note that the car is no longer registered in your name.

How do you sign over a car title?

First, the seller has to release ownership of the car by signing the title. The buyer then takes the signed title to the DMV, and the state issues a new registration and title. Some states might require additional paperwork to complete the process, such as a bill of sale or a transfer of ownership form.

How do I take payment for a used car?

Getting payment: Cold, hard cash is the easiest way to collect payment for a used car. The buyer might request a receipt for the cash. If you provide a bill of sale, this will serve as a receipt. When cars are sold for amounts over $2,000, a cashier’s check is recommended.