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What is a bill of sale?

A bill of sale is a legal document used during a sale to transfer ownership of an item from one individual to another. It contains important contact information, item description and price, payment method, warranties, and signatures of all parties. As a legal document, it offers protection and benefits for both the buyer and seller. See Bill of Sale 101: What You Need to Know

What is an "as is" bill of sale?

By listing an item in "as is" condition on a bill of sale, the seller is accepting no responsibility for what happens to it after the transaction. Whether the item stops working shortly after being sold, the buyer notices defects or missing parts after the purchase, or the item causes injury, the "as is" bill of sale protects the seller, and releases him or her of all liability.
Where can I find a bill of sale form?

We offer numerous bill of sale forms online for many items, including commonly sold and purchased goods, such as cars, motorcycles and boats. You can use our general bill of sale form for furniture, animals, farming equipment, aircrafts, exercise equipment, and restaurant equipment.   

Are your bill of sale forms easily downloadable and printable?

We have simplified the bill of sale creation process for you. Our bill of sale forms are downloadable and printable from your account. Start your bill of sale form online and make and save changes to the document in your account until you have it just right.

Are your bill of sale forms legal in all states?

Our bill of sale forms have fields for all the important information you need to make your sale legal in your state. That said, in some states, you may run into certain issues that require added attention. For example, in some states, sales tax may be applicable. Check your local laws to make sure your bill of sale has all the information you need. You can also reach out to one of our On Call Attorneys for help.

How do you make a legal copy of a bill of sale form?

State laws vary regarding a legal copy of a bill of sale. In some states, the bill of sale of a used car must be notarized to be considered legal. In other states, a certified copy or a simple photocopy is sufficient.      
When should a seller give the bill of sale to the buyer?

As a seller, you give the bill of sale to the buyer after you have received full payment for the item. Consider the bill of sale a receipt.   

If the VIN on the bill of sale for my car is wrong, is the sale still legal?

The VIN, also known as a Vehicle Identification Number, on the bill of sale must match the car's title and the number listed on the car's body. A mismatch may raise alarms about fraud when you try to register and/or insure the car. If the car's title lists the same VIN as the car's body, it may be a matter of a handwriting error or typo on the bill of sale. To make the document legal, ask the seller to correct the VIN on the bill of sale, and request a new copy for your records.     

How do I find out how much my property is worth before I sell it?

Before pricing an item, research its value. Kelley Blue Book is a useful tool for determining car values. You'll enter the year, make, model, style, mileage, and features of the car, as well as your zip code to determine the private party value.

For other items, consider how much others are pricing similar goods. For example, if you are selling a stationary bike, you could check eBay to see how others are pricing the same model in similar condition. 

Can I use a bill of sale to buy or sell goods across state lines?

Bills of sale are used to buy or sell items across states. If you're buying a car, gun or other item requiring registration, it's important to ask the registering state about specific information required on the bill of sale, and whether the document should be notarized.  
What don't I need a bill of sale for?

  • Real estate: You cannot use a bill of sale to sell real estate.. Keep in mind that real estate does not include motor homes.
  • Services: A bill of sale is used for goods and not services. If selling a service, a contract is the better legal document to use.
  • Low value items: You may not need a bill of sale if the item you are buying or selling costs very little. 
  • Gifts: A bill of sale is typically not needed if you are giving something away, unless the registering agency requires it (e.g., registering a car in NY).

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