Car buyer's contract

For private sales

When you buy a used car privately it is important for the seller to provide a 'sold as seen, tried and approved without guarantee' receipt

When you buy a used car privately it is important for the seller to provide a 'sold as seen, tried and approved without guarantee' receipt

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

Bear in mind that this doesn't affect your legal rights - the car must match any description the seller gives in writing or verbally in the course of the sale.

The seller cannot use a 'sold as seen' receipt to cover the possibility that the car may be unroadworthy in some respect either.  The law is clear - it illegal to sell a car in an unroadworthy condition.

Download a car buyer's contract (pdf)

Car buyer's contract

If you're buying a used car, print two copies of our car buyer's contract and complete them in front of the seller. 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.................................................................

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(11 March 2014)