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This document can be used as a receipt for the private sale of a car, van, motorbike, scooter or any vehicle which is sold 'as seen'. The document can be used by an individual making the transaction in the United Kingdom. It allows the buyer and seller to acknowledge payment and exchange of the vehicle, and can be modified to take account of numerous factors including:
This document should be used for roadworthy cars which are safe for use on the roads. The receipt sets out that the vehicle is sold as seen. This means that it has been visually inspected and is sold in the condition accepted and seen by the buyer. However it should be noted that this does not absolve the seller of responsibility for the vehicle to be in the condition as described in any advertisements or representation to the buyer. In all circumstances the seller should describe the vehicle accurately and make the buyer aware of any issues or flaws that they are aware of. It is also important to note that selling a vehicle 'as seen' should not be used where a vehicle may not be fit and safe to drive on the road.
Please note that the document is not for use with commercial sales (that is where one party is a conducting the sale in the course of business) or if the vehicle has not been visually inspected.
How to use this document
Two copies of the document should be created. Once both parties have read and agreed the contents of the receipt they should sign both copies with each party keeping a copy of the receipt that has been signed by both.
During completion of the receipt, and thereafter, it is important that the parties undertake the necessary steps for notifying the DVLA ('Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency') 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 by formally sending a letter to request this. Where matters are not resolved, the buyer may wish to formally notify the seller that the terms of sale have been breached and thereafter instigate court proceedings where appropriate.
s.75 Road Traffic Act 1988 (for sales in Scotland, England and Wales).
Article 83 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (for sales in Northern Ireland)
The Sale of Goods Act 1979 (for sales in the United Kingdom)
Consumer Rights Act 2015 (for sales in the Untied Kingdom)
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