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private car sale contract

How to sell your car smoothly

You'll need one of these contracts if you're selling

When you sell a used car privately it is important to provide the buyer with a 'sold as seen, tried and approved without guarantee' receipt.

You should bear in mind that this doesn't affect the buyer's legal rights – the car must match any description that you give in writing or verbally in the course of the sale.

And you can't use a 'sold as seen' receipt to cover the possibility that the car may be unroadworthy either. The law is clear – it's illegal to sell a car in an unroadworthy condition.

Download a car seller's contract (PDF)

If you're selling a used car, print two copies of our car seller's contract and complete them in front of the buyer. Each party should sign and keep a copy of this document as proof of sale.

 

Car details

Make  ..............................................................

Model...............................................................

Registration number...........................................

Mileage.............................................................

 

  • Vehicle identification number matches V5C? yes/no
  • Registration Document completed by buyer/seller yes/no
  • Registration Document (V5C) exchanged yes/no
  • Buyer has received V5C/2 (green slip)  yes/no

The undersigned purchaser acknowledges receipt of the above vehicle in exchange for the cash sum of £.........., this being the price agreed by the purchaser with the vendor for the above named vehicle, receipt of which the vendor hereby acknowledges. It is understood the vehicle is sold as seen, tried and approved by the purchaser.

Purchaser..........................................................

Vendor..............................................................

Date.................................................................

Buy a used car from a name you can trust – AA Cars

(11 March 2014)

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