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  • You must let us know immediately when you’ve sold a vehicle. The quickest and easiest way to let us know you’ve sold a vehicle is online. Otherwise you can pick up a form at one of our agents and post it to us. 

  • 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.

Checklist

Make sure:

  • youve paid all outstanding licence fees
  • road user charges (RUC) are up-to-date
  • the vehicle has a warrant of fitness (WoF) that is no more than one month old when the buyer takes possession.

You must notify us of the sale immediately. If you don’t, you may receive the new registered person’s:

  • speed camera fines
  • parking tickets
  • vehicle licensing fees
  • fines for not displaying a vehicle licensing label
  • fines for not displaying a current WoF.

Protect yourself

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. 

If you don't let us know you've sold a vehicle

If you don’t let us know you’ve sold a vehicle, you could get a fine of up to $1000 as an individual and $5000 if you’re 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, for peace of mind.

What happens next?

When we receive notification that you’ve sold a vehicle, we’ll update the motor vehicle register to show you are no longer the person registered in respect of the vehicle.

If something isn’t right

We may send you a letter, checking if you’ve sold the vehicle. We don’t always do this, but will send you a letter if we’ve noticed something that doesn’t add up.

An example is if the buyer has taken too long to let us know they’ve bought the vehicle.

There are some exceptions that can stop a letter from being sent, for example, if you sell your vehicle to a trader.

Warrant of fitness required

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.

Can I sell an unlicensed or unregistered vehicle?

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. 

Find out more about the reregistration process

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