Can i sell my car without a log book
Your car is for sale, but your V5C is nowhere to be found. Now what? The vehicle Logbook is an important part of any transaction involving a car, whether it is buying or selling.The V5C registration certificate is issued by the DVLA to the person responsible for the vehicle.This person is responsible for ensuring the car is registered, taxed, and insured.
Up until the DVLA is notified that the car has been sold or scrapped, they are liable for any fines.Below we answer topics like “What happens if you own a car without a v5c log book? Can my car be sold?” so you can sell your car successfully
How to sell a car without a V5
Selling a car without a logbook may seem complicated, but it’s actually quite simple. The first thing you need to do is check the DVLA database to see if the car is still registered in your name. If it is, you’ll need to notify the DVLA that the car has been sold or transferred to a new owner. You can do this online, and you’ll also be able to get a refund on any remaining tax on the vehicle.
Once you’ve done that, you simply need to provide the new owner with a bill of sale so that they can register the car in their own name. While it’s not required by law, a bill of sale will provide both parties with extra protection in case anything goes wrong down the road.
Sell a car without a logbook
If you sell the car without a V5C, you must provide the new owner with all the information they need to apply for a logbook. Included are:
- Model and make of the vehicle
- The registration number of your car
- Number on the VIN plate
- Name of the buyer in full
- The date of sale
- Buyers and sellers’ signatures
- Terms of payment and price
- The vehicle is being sold ‘as seen’
What is in the logbook that is important when selling a car
The V5C also known as the registration document or logbook is the document that proves you are the registered keeper of a vehicle. It’s also commonly referred to as the log book.
The V5C contains important information about the vehicle, including its registration plate, make, model, colour, chassis number, vehicle’s registration number, exact date it was registered and engine size. It also details any previous owners of the vehicle.
There are various perforated sections on the four pages of the V5C that need to be detached and sent away in different circumstances, such as when selling your vehicle to a trader or insurer, or when notification of a permanent export is required.
The most commonly used section is the new keeper’s details, which is filled in when you’re selling the car and transferring ownership to someone else. The V5C is therefore a very important document.
The best advice is to keep it in a safe place, along with all the other useful documentation, such as insurance and MOT certificates.
Is it possible to sell your car without the V5C?
It’s not illegal to sell a car without a log book. However, the lack of it is likely to deter prospectivel buyers & scrap metal dealers prefer having it. The DVLA recommends that you never buy a car privately without this document, and there are plenty of good reasons why you should not have a change of ownership without v5.
It is possible that it is a stolen vehicle, for example. The V5C doesn’t prove ownership per se, but its absence is likely to raise some eyebrows.Furthermore, if you’re not willing to wait for a replacement log book to arrive (which can take a matter of days) this suggests you’re in a hurry to sell and have something to hide.
However, the most significant problem is that you cannot get vehicle tax immediately because you are no longer allowed to pass on any unused road tax months as part of the transaction.
What should you do if you’ve lost your log book?
Losing your car’s log book can be a frustrating experience. However, the good news is that you can apply for a replacement log book from the DVLA. If you’re the registered keeper of the vehicle, you can apply over the phone by calling 0300 790 6802.
You will need to have your debit or credit card to hand, as there is a £25 fee for the replacement log book. Alternatively, you can apply by post. You will need to fill in an application form (V62), which you can get from the DVLA website.
This form requires some basic information about the keeper and the vehicle details, as well as the reason why you don’t have the original log book. Once you have completed the form, send it to the DVLA along with a cheque or postal order for £25. It can take up to six weeks for the replacement log book to arrive.
What if you didn’t get a log book to begin with?
It’s important to have a log book for your car, as it provides proof of ownership. If you didn’t receive a log book when you bought the car, you can download a V62 form from the DVLA website and send it in with the green “new keeper” slip that you were given.
You won’t have to pay a fee if you include the new keeper slip, but if you don’t have it then you’ll need to pay a £25 fee and explain why you’re making the application on the form. In either case, it’s important to ensure that you have a log book for your car so that you can prove ownership if necessary.
When selling a car, what to do with the log book
When selling your car, you will need to take care of the transfer of your log book. If the buyer is keeping the vehicle in the UK, you should give them the green ‘new keeper’ slip from the log book and notify the DVLA of the sale. Make sure to include the full name and address of the buyer.
Failure to do this can cost you, as any vehicle tax refund you are owed might be affected. If the vehicle is being exported and registered abroad, you will need to fill in the permanent export section of the log book and send it to the DVLA, along with the buyer’s name and address.
The vehicle log book itself should be given to the buyer so that they can register the vehicle at its final destination. By taking these simple steps, you can ensure a smooth transaction when selling your car.
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