How to write a contract for buying a car

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How to write a contract for buying a car
Prepare a bill of sale to purchase a car. (a car in a car show image by Gary from Fotolia.com)

When buying a car from a private party, sign a basic sales contract indicating the terms of the transfer of ownership, and make sure the seller signs it too. The contract should include details about the seller, the buyer and the car being sold. It should also specify the purchase price and any agreed-on payment schedule.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Outline the purpose of the contract, describe the car being sold and specify the purchase price.

  2. 2

    Enter the vehicle details. Vehicle details include the year, make and model of the car, along with the vehicle identification number, or VIN, and the odometer reading.

  3. 3

    Put the seller's full name on the contract. If more than one seller's name is on the title or vehicle registration, both sellers must agree to sell the car. The exception is if there is an "or" between the names, giving either party the right to sell the car. Also include the seller's driver's license number and physical address.

  4. 4

    Put the buyer's full name, physical address and driver's license number on the contract.

  5. 5

    Specify the monthly payment agreement and schedule, if any. If full or partial payment is made at the time of sale, specify the amount paid and have the seller sign it.

  6. 6

    Add a warranty statement. Generally in second-hand sales, this states that there is no warranty, and that the vehicle is being sold "as is." In some cases, though, limited warranties allow buyers to return the car and claim a full refund under certain conditions. For example, a warranty might allow a buyer to return the vehicle for a full refund if the car's transmission goes out or begins to slip within 30 days of the purchase.

  7. 7

    Sign and date the contract. Both the seller and buyer should sign it.

Tips and warnings

  • Make two copies of the original, unsigned agreement. The buyer and seller should sign and date both agreements, and each party should keep one copy. The buyer can also make another copy of his signed agreement to show the department of motor vehicles, if necessary.

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