How to create a car bill of sale

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How to create a car bill of sale
A car buyer needs a formal document to explain the sale. (Margot Hickson/iStock/Getty Images)

When you sell a car through a classified ad or to someone you know, they will need documentation of the fact that they have paid you money and you have transferred legal title of the vehicle to them. In addition to the title, which you sign and fill in with the necessary information, a seller should provide a buyer with a bill of sale, or receipt for the money that has changed hands in exchange for the car. This can be a formal, printed receipt or a handwritten document with the relevant information.

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  • Vehicle title

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    Write a statement attesting that you have sold your vehicle to the buyer for the agreed sum of money. Use your full name and the buyer's full name as well. Include the vehicle identification number. Include the odometer reading. Mention any specific terms you have negotiated, such as whether any part of the sale price will be paid at a later date or whether the sale is contingent on a buyer's cheque. Make duplicate copies of the bill of sale.

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    Sign and date both copies of the bill of sale, and ask the buyer to sign them as well. Keep one copy for your records and give them the other copy to use when registering the car in their name.

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    Complete the lower portion on the reverse side of the vehicle's title attesting to the fact that ownership of the vehicle has changed hands. Mail your portion of the title to the DVLA within fifteen days of the sale.

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