How to get the paperwork right when selling a car

A look at the documentation you’ll need to sort out when you sell your car

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If you’re selling your car, the more paperwork you have with it, the better – so here are a few of the things you’ll need.

The first thing to get is the V5C, or logbook.

This proves you are the registered keeper of the vehicle and in a position to sell it.

If your name and current address isn’t on the V5C, it’s unlikely anyone will buy the vehicle from you.

The details listed on the V5C, such as engine size, body colour, registration and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), should all match the car.

Once you’ve agreed to sell the car ask the new keeper to fill in section 6 and section 10 with their details as the new keeper of the car.

Both you and the buyer should sign the declaration in section 8.

Tear off and give section 10 to the buyer so they can prove they are the new keeper.

You then need to return the rest of the V5C to DVLA.

If you don’t send the V5C then any tax reminders, as well as any parking or traffic fines, will land on your doorstep as DVLA will think the car is still yours.

MOT certificates and service history

Collect together as many MOT certificates as you have as well as any service and repair receipts to prove what work has been done on the car.

This will give you peace of mind knowing the car has been looked after and is roadworthy, It will also mean they’re more likely to pay a figure closer to your asking price.


Once you’ve sold the car, hand over all the relevant documents to the buyer.

Remember to only hand over section 10 of the V5C and post the rest of the certificate to DVLA.

Then write out a receipt that includes:


  • Car make and model
  • Registration and VIN
  • Mileage at time of sale
  • Acknowledgement the sellers has agreed a price for the vehicle and received the money
  • A date and the signatures of both you the seller and the buyer


Hand over a copy of the receipt to the buyer, and keep a copy for yourself.

Then you’re all done – you’ve sold your car successfully.

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