Ask the buyer to give you a transfer receipt to show they are registered in respect of the vehicle before you hand over the vehicle.
You must notify us of the sale immediately. If you don’t, you may receive the new registered person’s:
Wait for the buyer to show you proof that they’ve notified us that they've bought the vehicle before handing over the vehicle.
Get the buyer to do it online while you are there, or get them to show you an email confirmation or receipt.
When the Motor Vehicle Register is updated with your notification, you will be sent a letter acknowledging that the form has been received and confirming whether the buyer has completed their notice. (Please note that sometimes exceptions exist that prevent a letter being sent.)
If you don’t notify us of the sale, you could get a fine of up to $1000 as an individual and $5000 if a company.
If you sell a vehicle to a motor vehicle trader, they may complete some or all of the notification process on your behalf. However, you should always confirm that the trader has completed this process.
Buyers can insist on a WoF being less than one month old. This helps protect them if faults have developed in the vehicle since the last WoF check.
If the buyer doesn’t insist on this, they should give the seller written confirmation that they accept that the WoF is older than one month old. This protects the seller – it confirms that the buyer is aware that the current WoF is older than one month.
Vehicles without a current WoF must be advertised for sale ‘as is, where is’. If the buyer is happy with that, they should give the seller a written undertaking that the vehicle won't be used on the road except for taking it for repair or a new WoF inspection.
You can sell an unlicensed vehicle, but you are liable for any outstanding licence fees up to the date of the sale and acquisition.
If you sell an unregistered vehicle, the buyer will need to have the vehicle reregistered.