How to Write a Bill of Sale for a Used Car

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A bill of sale is a legal document created or provided by a seller to a purchaser. A bill of sale for a used car generally outlines the car being sold, the date it was sold, and the amount of money it was sold for.

A bill of sale can be typed or written by hand, but it is best to type it so no misinterpretations can be inferred from unclear penmanship.

Type in your name as the person who legally owns the used vehicle. The bill of sale could look like this:

I, (seller) of (seller's address), hereby certify that I am the lawful owner of this vehicle.

Type in the year, make, model and vehicle identification number, or VIN, of the vehicle. For example, 1999 Honda Accord LE, VIN # 11111111111.

Enter in the amount the vehicle sold for, how the vehicle was paid for (cash, check or money order), and who made the payment. This part of the bill of sale could look like this:

I hereby acknowledge the receipt of (payment amount) in the form of (cash, check or money order), from (buyer's name), as full payment for the purchase of said vehicle, which is sold "AS IS."

Detail a payment plan if the buyer has not paid for the used car in full:

I hereby acknowledge the receipt of (payment amount) out of (total amount). An additional payment amount(s) of $___ will be paid on (date). (And detail any additional payments as agreed upon.)

Enter in the mileage of the used car:

I hereby state that the mileage of the vehicle at the time of sale is (mileage).

Grant the transfer of ownership of the used vehicle to the buyer:

I hereby grant, sell and transfer full ownership of this vehicle to the buyer. I certify that at the time of sale, this vehicle is free from any encumbrances and liens; and that, I (seller) will defend and be held fully responsible for such lawful claims and demands with respect to the vehicle, if any.

Acknowledge that the vehicle is sold as is:

This vehicle is sold as is, as such buyer accepts full liability for the vehicle, any damages that may occur, and any third-party liability incurred from the vehicle's use from the date of sale.

Sign the bill of sale. Both the buyer and the seller should write their signatures next to their typed name at the bottom of the bill of sale along with the date.