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Vehicle Sale Receipt

Last revision Last revision 11/03/2024
Formats FormatsWord and PDF
Size Size1 to 2 pages
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Last revisionLast revision: 11/03/2024

FormatsAvailable formats: Word and PDF

SizeSize: 1 to 2 pages

Option: Help from a lawyer

Rating: 4.4 - 52 votes

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This document can be used as a receipt for the private sale* of a vehicle in the United Kingdom.

This document is designed for use in relation to a private individual sale - i.e. where the seller is not conducting the sale in the course of business, as an official trader.

This document allows the buyer and seller to acknowledge payment and exchange of the vehicle. It will record:

  • the details of the vehicle (make and model);
  • the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) registration number
  • the mileage
  • the details of the price and payment
  • a record that the vehicle is sold as seen*.

Recording that the vehicle is 'sold as seen' confirms that the seller is not offering a warranty on the vehicle, and that the buyer is happy with its condition. This means that the buyer must have visually inspected the vehicle before purchasing the car.

It is important to note that, even though a vehicle is sold a seen, the seller still must make sure that:

  • the vehicle matches the description provided by the seller in all advertisements and representations made - the seller should ensure that all flaws are described adequately before purchase;
  • the vehicle is roadworthy - it is an offence to sell a car that is not roadworthy; and
  • the seller has the legal right to sell the car - i.e the are the legal owner and can make the sale.

How to use this document

The document should be completed using all of the relevant information. Once the details have been completed and once payment has been made, it should be signed by both parties - the seller and the buyer should retain a copy that has the signature of both parties on it.

The parties must undertake the necessary steps for notifying the DVLA of the change in ownership of the vehicle. Further advice can be found online on the DVLA website.

Where there is any subsequent issue with the standard of the vehicle, the buyer may wish to request a refund in the first instance. Where matters are not resolved, the buyer may wish to formally notify the seller that the terms of sale have been breached.

Relevant law

The general laws of contract will apply to the sale.

It is an offence to sell a vehicle that is not roadworthy. Further details may be found in:

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