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Car Selling Advice



Get ready to hand over those keysSelling a car privately is not for the faint-hearted, as you will need some knowhow in order to price it correctly, and will have paperwork and more to deal with. Many people opt to sell direct to a dealership or other motor trader, as that deals with a great deal of the hassle you would otherwise experience. No matter how you sell your car, you'll still need to notify the DVLA of the sale, using the form on the vehicle's V5C document. This should be done as soon as possible, as otherwise you will retain the responsibility for paying any tax, including any liabilities should it not be paid. Any parking or speeding tickets that the vehicle accrues will also be sent to you whilst you are still the registered owner. The DVLA should respond in due course when they receive your completed paperwork.

Collect your Paperwork

No genuine buyer will be interested in buying a vehicle that does not have the relevant paperwork with it. A legitimate buyer will want to check the registration certificates for the vehicle in order to validate it's authenticity. Should you be so careless as to lose your paperwork, you'll need to contact the DVLA - check here for the correct procedure https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-registration-certificate-v5c-log-book.

Selling your Car Privately

Always make sure you have the correct contact details for any buyer. You will need to inform the DVLA of a change of owner using the relevant section of the vehicle's V5C documentation - check here for the correct procedure https://www.gov.uk/notifying-dvla-if-you-sell-your-vehicle. Should you not have the correct documentation, you'll still need to inform the DVLA, using the link above. You should note though that until the vehicle's new owner informs the DVLA that they are the new keeper, such records will be incomplete, and you may still receive official requests about the car to your contact details.

Selling to a Dealership

Getting rid of your car via a dealership will probably net you the least money, but will be much less of a headache than trying to sell it yourself. When you've agreed the sale, you should make sure you fill in the relevant section of your V5C document to let the DVLA know of the sale. This is the V5C/3 portion in yellow. Give the dealer the rest of the V5C.

Always Include Mileage Information

There is a box located on the vehicle's documentation that you should send to the DVLA for you to enter the vehicle's mileage when you sold it. This should be filled in accurately, as it will help to fight against clocking in the future.

Be Professional and give a Full Car Check

When offering a vehicle for sale, it says a lot to any potential buyers if you've done your own homework and can supply a professional vehicle history check along with the vehicle. Most car check companies offer a pdf version of their checks that you can download and print off for any interested parties. Buyers will feel more confident in the vehicle if they can see it's history at a glance.

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