How to write a used car purchase agreement

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How to write a used car purchase agreement
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A used car purchase agreement, more commonly known as a bill of sale, is required in some states as a portion of ownership transfer paperwork, as it is needed to prove selling price, odometer reading and car information. Some states require an original document that you must obtain from a motor vehicle office. However, many states allow you to hand write, or type and print the document. In such states, you can also use a standard, premade form.

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    Downloadable Forms

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    Call your state's motor vehicle office to determine whether or not you'll need an original form. If not, ask if your state offers an online form that you can print from your computer, as many offer one for convenience. If neither is offered, ensure a handwritten agreement is acceptable.

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    Go to your state's motor vehicle website to obtain the document you need, just as long as you don't need to go to an office for an original. Print the document from your computer. Alternatively, use any standard online form, such as the one offered on the Patriot website.

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    Print the form and fill in all applicable areas. Information needed includes the vehicle's year, make, model, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (which you can find on the car's title, registration or insurance card), odometer reading, date of sale and selling price. Also include buyer and seller information, including name, addresses, phone number or driver's license numbers and signatures.

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    Make a copy of the purchase agreement once it is complete, as both parties should keep one copy (not just the purchaser), or print out an additional form and fill it out again.

    Handwritten or Typed Agreements

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    Get two pieces of paper or just one if you have access to a copy machine. Use an ink pen to complete the form or get your computer ready to type the agreement.

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    Date the top of the form. Begin the document to read "I, John Smith, am selling my 1999 Volkswagen Jetta GLS with VIN 1G8AJ1234567S222, on 01/01/2012 to Jane Doe," being sure to include the actual buyer's and seller's name, correct date and relative vehicle information.

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    Continue the next sentence to read: "The vehicle's odometer reads 123,111 miles and is being sold for £1,300, in the town and state of Poughkeepsie, New York" providing accurate information for your sale. Check your odometer before writing in the vehicle's mileage. If you are the seller creating this form, continue the next sentence to read "This vehicle is being sold as-is and without warranty."

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    Write or type "Buyer:" and include the buyer's printed name. Leave enough room for a signature and on the next line down, include the buyer's address, telephone number and driver's license number. Do the same for seller.

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    Sign next to your printed name, and have the other party do the same. Create two copies of the document or print two copies. Both copies must be signed and include the same information.

Tips and warnings

  • Although obtaining driver's licenses are not a requirement, it is a good idea to include both parties' information.

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