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Overview of the Vehicle bill of sale

Sell a car with confidence with this car sale agreement. This vehicle bill of sale should be used if you're a private individual wishing to create a full and final 'sold as seen' car sale contract. It covers all the relevant information about the seller and buyer, all the necessary Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) information about the vehicle, along with the price and payment of the sale.

Use this agreement for the sale of a vehicle:

  • if you own a car which you wish to sell
  • if you are a private individual
  • to ensure that the sale is a legally binding contract
  • to create a full and final 'sold as seen' agreement

This agreement for the sale of a vehicle covers:

  • the details of the seller and the buyer
  • the basis upon which the sale is entered into
  • the price and payment terms for the vehicle
  • all the necessary DVLA information about the vehicle
  • how to deal with any damage to the vehicle to enable 'sold as seen' to be effective

A vehicle bill of sale, or car sale agreement is an agreement under which a vehicle is sold. It records the transaction between the seller and the buyer, and outlines the conditions for the transfer of ownership of the vehicle.

Whether you are a seller or a buyer, a vehicle bill of sale is a very useful document as it keeps a written record of the transaction and provides proof of the purchase.

For a seller: a vehicle bill of sale expressly states that the vehicle is 'sold as seen' so there can be no future argument over the condition of the car.

For a buyer: a vehicle bill of sale details the vehicle information and ensures you know exactly what you are buying.

Indicating in a car sale contract that the vehicle is 'sold as seen' - or on an 'as is' basis - ensures that the seller is not liable for any flaws or damages related to the vehicle.

It protects the seller from liability if the buyer has any problem with the car after purchase, for example, if the motor breaks down.

Under a car sale contract, the seller confirms that they will provide the buyer with the vehicle in accordance with the terms of sale.

The buyer agrees to pay the set price on the agreed date, and acknowledges that the vehicle is 'sold as seen', without any warranty from the seller.

The vehicle bill of sale should be signed when the car switches hands from the purchaser to the buyer, usually on receipt of full payment from the buyer.

Each party should keep a copy of the bill for their records.

Ask a lawyer for:

  • international imports or exports
  • car leasing or rental
  • help with setting up a business to sell cars
  • high value and international sales

This agreement for the sale of a vehicle is governed by the law of England and Wales.

Other names for Vehicle bill of sale

Car sale contract and Car bill of sale.