Home > Selling a Car > Your Responsibilities when Selling your Car

Your Responsibilities when Selling your Car

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 8 Mar 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Motoring Sell A Car Car Selling Tyres

Selling a car requires certain responsibilities on the part of seller. The main responsibility that you need to be aware is the requirement of informing the DVLA that the ownership of the vehicle has changed hands. Without this, you can still be liable for the vehicle, as you will still be the registered owner of the vehicle as far as the DVLA are concerned. This article offers advice on meeting your responsibilities as a seller when it comes to selling your car.

Notifying the DVLA of a Private Sale

When you sell a car to a new owner, the DVLA need to be informed that you are no longer the registered owner of the vehicle. If this is not done, you can still be liable for the vehicle, even though you are no longer the owner. The DVLA will expect to be informed as soon as the vehicle passes between owners.

For a two-part V5C registration document, you need to fill in the 'notification of sale or transfer' section and send it to the DVLA. The other half of the document should be given to the buyer on purchase of the vehicle. The buyer is then responsible for informing the DVLA of the new ownership.

For the three-part V5C registration document, you need to fill in the top half (the blue part) of the three-part V5 registration declaration with the details of the new owner. You will need to sign the document (as will the person to whom you are selling the vehicle). Once this is done, you need to send it to the DVLA. Give the green section to the new owner so that he or she can fill it in themselves.

For the V5C registration certificate, you need to fill in section 6 (the 'new keeper or new name/ new address details' section), and both you and the new owner need to sign the declaration in section 8. The green section should be given to the buyer. As with the V5 registration declaration document, it is your responsibility to send this to the DVLA.

Once the DVLA have been notified of the change in ownership, they should send you a letter within around a month to confirm that you are no longer liable for the vehicle.

Notifying the DVLA of a Part Exchange Deal

If you sell your car to a motor dealer, you should fill in the yellow section of the V5C registration certificate, and pass the rest of the form onto the motor dealer.

If you have a two-part V5 registration document, fill in the red section (complete with the details and signature of the motor trader), send it to the DVLA and give the rest of the document to the motor trader.

Once you have sent the relevant documentation to the DVLA, you should receive confirmation that you are no longer liable for the vehicle within around a month.

When you come to sell a car, you need to make sure that you have taken care of certain selling responsibilities, including making sure that the DVLA are aware of the fact that the vehicle has changed owners.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Bought a car found out on receiving the log book its been written off the seller didnt mention this in either the adverts or on us viewing i dont know the catergary is he liable?
sheep - 8-Mar-17 @ 10:47 PM
I sold my car in may 2014. in march 2016 a debt collection agency contacted me about tax from jan 2016. I called the DVLA and they told me on the phone that I wasn't the registered owner and hadn't been since may 2014. then I get another letter from a different debt collection agency so again I called the DVAL, thinking it is fine their records show clearly I am not the registered owner. but this time the DVLA tells me that their records since march 2016 (the time I queried the last fine) show I am no longer the registered owner. I have no proof of my original call as I trusted the DVLA when they told me originally that their records were accurate and they haven't sent anything to me in writing. now they refuse to accept what I am saying and want me to pay this fine. I don't know what to do, I didn't know I had to get written confirmation of the V5. I don't feel I have any option but to pay a fine that isn't mine.
elfy - 2-Dec-16 @ 5:07 PM
I sold my car last April 2015 and sent off the form advising DVLA.I am now receiving calls from a collection agency saying I have been fined for not paying the tax on the car.I told them I had sold it and sent the forms.The agency asked if I received an acknowledgement from the DVLA which I said I had not.They have told me in which case it is still my responsibility as I should have called the DVLA if I had not received an acknowledgement from them.Is this right?
Steve - 19-Oct-16 @ 1:55 PM
We bought a car and gave ours to the same garage to be scrapped, we sent all the paperwork off for the scrapped car, a couple of months later we get a parking fine, so sent proof off that the car does not belong to us, we have now got another 2 parking fines and a speeding fine, what else can we go to stop this, the car is also in very bad repair hence the scrapping and is very unsafe on the roads, who else can we contact about this it doesn't seem like the dvla are updating the details,
LauraH - 29-May-16 @ 6:20 PM
warm - Your Question:
I bought my car from a dealer over a year ago, and have not received the v5. After much hassle, he said he'd sent the form off, then later admitted he hadn't, he has now sent me the form so I can be certain it is posted. Should I add a cover note to this effect with the form, or will it just be processed as normal?

Our Response:
Adding a cover note would be better. Did you not send your part of the form at the time of the sale?
MotoringOnABudget - 20-Apr-16 @ 11:50 AM
I bought my car from a dealer over a year ago, and have not received the v5. After much hassle, he said he'd sent the form off, then later admitted he hadn't, he has now sent me the form so I can be certain it is posted. Should I add a cover note to this effect with the form, or will it just be processed as normal?
warm - 18-Apr-16 @ 11:27 AM
I sold a car on the 3rd of January 2016 the new keeper was happy with it and on the 8th of January the messages started saying the clutch had gone and the exhaust was rotten. But it had passed a full mot on the 18th of December 2015. Now she's going to the vosa it was a s reg car. Like I've told her it was sold as seen please could somebody give me advice
Kiekie - 15-Jan-16 @ 7:24 PM
Cheryl- Your Question:
I sold my car approximately 3 years ago to a garage I was informed the car would be scrapped a few mths ago I was sent a form stating the car hasn't been tax in the year 15/16 I sent the form back informing the dvla of the sale today I received a fine relating to the car

Our Response:
It's your repsonsibility at the time of selling/disposing of the vehicle, to ensure that all the necessary forms are completed (your V5 documentation and also a Certificate of Destruction if necessary) and sent to the DVLA. If you completed the V5 documentation correctly and sent it off at the right time, do you have any proof of this?
MotoringOnABudget - 5-Jan-16 @ 11:18 AM
I sold my car approximately 3 years ago to a garage I was informed the car would be scrapped a few mths ago I was sent a form stating the car hasn't been tax in the year 15/16 I sent the form back informing the dvla of the sale today I received a fine relating to the car
Cheryl - 2-Jan-16 @ 3:00 PM
I've sold my vehicle car reg t511 loc on 23.12.15.at 17.00pm to miss leah kerry rattcliffe 13 ash green pontefract wfwf8 2dp.
Carlos - 23-Dec-15 @ 7:34 PM
paleface - Your Question:
Can I buy a car if their is still outstanding finance The owner needs my cash for the car to pay it of?So she may or may not pay the car of? And I will have a invalid salewhat proof do I need or do I do an HPI check- but know it will come back finance outstanding

Our Response:
Ask to contact the finance company so you can pay them directly what is owed. They will let you know whether they will accept this or not. Do not buy it unless you have done this first.
MotoringOnABudget - 25-Nov-15 @ 11:54 AM
Can i buy a car if their is still outstanding finance The owner needs my cash for the car to pay it of? So she may or may not pay the car of?And i will have a invalid sale what proof do i need or do i do an HPI check- but know it will come back finance outstanding
paleface - 24-Nov-15 @ 2:45 PM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Topics
Latest Comments
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the MotoringOnABudget website. Please read our Disclaimer.