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Which documents do I need to sell my car online in the UK?

Charlotte Phillips, 2 months ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar discusses what documents are needed to be able to sell your car in the UK today, including the checks you should do to ensure you’re selling your car safely.

There comes a time in life when you may need to consider selling your car. Whether you’ve simply outgrown your current car and are looking for an upgraded model, or you simply need some extra cash, there’s a number of important considerations to make before selling up.

Once you’ve closed the deal and agreed on the price, the next steps are to begin gathering all of the important documents that you need.


What documents do I need to sell my car?

What to do when you want to sell your car

How to safely sell a vehicle online

What documents do I need to sell my car in 2022?

If you’re selling your car privately, whether you choose to sell online or face to face with a buyer, your receipts of sale are an important thing to provide to be able to provide to the buyer. Not only does this prove that the car has belonged to you previously, it also provides the buyer with some important information about the car.

You should also have a copy of the following documents;

What to do when you want to sell your car

Your logbook or V5C

This is what you need to inform the DVLA that you are no longer the registered keeper of the vehicle.

You must tell the DVLA that you’ve sold the vehicle and provide the full name and address of the buyer. Failure to do this may interfere with any tax refund you may be owed. If you are owed a refund on your vehicle tax, this will be paid within 4-6 weeks.

As long as the buyer of your car is remaining in the UK and not taking the car abroad, you simply need to give the green ‘new keeper’ slip from your log book to them.

If you have a private registration on the car you want to sell, you must apply to remove this before selling it.

Evidence of service history

Though you may not be able to provide this in full, providing evidence of the car’s service history gives your buyer greater confidence and is more likely to help you make a sale. Providing a full service history shows the new owner that you have taken care of the car, as as you can prove that it has been checked over regularly by a professional. A full service history also shows the buyer the true mileage of the car. 

Proof of purchase

Upon completion of the sale, you as a seller need to be able to give the buyer a receipt slip that would confirm that they have purchased the vehicle. This should include names of both the buyer and seller, address of both buyer and seller, the date, the amount paid and signatures from both parties.

MOT certificates

Your MOT is a legal annual requirement, and as such, you should be able to provide the buyer with all of the past certificates the car has received. 

These certificates are available online for all MOT’s issued after 2006, however you may want to provide physical copies to your buyer for greater peace of mind, particularly for older vehicles.

Car warranty

You must let the company from whom you have the warranty with that you are no longer the owner of the vehicle, and provide the documents to the new owner if this outstanding warranty is transferable.

Car parts receipts

If your car has received any new parts during servicing and repairs over your period of ownership, it’s good to be able to provide evidence of this to the new vehicle owner for greater transparency and should anything ever go wrong with the part in the future.

Insurance policy

Once your car is sold, you must remember to tell your insurer that you are no longer the owner of the car. You will also need to update your insurance policy with any new car you may be taking on in replacement, if you do this.

How to safely sell a vehicle online

The thought of selling your car online can be daunting, however it doesn’t need to be as complicated as you might think. Follow these simple steps and you shouldn’t put a foot wrong:

  • Be prepared - have all of the right documents you need ready for the buyer

  • Get paid - always ensure you have received payment before handing over the keys

  • Beware of scammers - A legitimate buyer should be able to provide details such as their name, home address and phone number

Think you might need a mechanic to repair your car before you sell? Here at WhoCanFixMyCar we've got a network of thousands of trained specialists who can help.