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Can I sell my car without the log book?

  Thursday, 13 February 2020

Sample V5C log book

If you are planning on selling your car, but you’ve realised you don’t have your log book, you might be concerned that it’s not possible to transfer ownership of your vehicle without it.

It’s important to be mindful of the fact that the UK government warns buyers against buying vehicles without log books. That’s because it makes it more awkward for buyers to tax their new vehicle without it.

What is a log book and why do you need one?

A vehicle log book is also known as a V5C document, which is a basically a registration document that proves you are the registered keeper of the vehicle. It will display your postal address that can be used for any correspondence connected to the vehicle. Bear in mind this address does not need to be where the vehicle is stored.

The V5C form outlines all of the key information about your vehicle; all of which is stored by the DVLA within its database. This will include the colour and make of your vehicle, the size of its engine and even its chassis number. It will also detail how many other registered keepers the vehicle has had in the past.

It might surprise many that log books are still very much a paper-based operation, despite the rapid advancements in technology. While driving licences and VED (vehicle tax) have now been digitised, V5C documents are still created in the traditional method.

In fact, if you need to make alterations to your vehicle’s details, you’ll have to fill out a section of your paper-based log book and send it off to the DVLA’s head office for an updated copy.

Do you need the V5 document to sell a car?

Fortunately, all is not lost if you have lost your vehicle log book. You can sell your car without a V5C document, the process is just more complicated.

The biggest issue sellers without log books find is that prospective buyers are often put off by the lack of a log book. They become suspicious as to how well looked after the vehicle has been.

Sellers without a V5C document should always be open and up front about this to reassure potential buyers. Of course, there are other precautions you can take to make it as easy as possible for buyers to apply for a new log book down the line. A bill of sale is arguably the most beneficial course of action.

The importance of creating a bill of sale

It’s vital that you cover all bases when you plan to sell a vehicle without a log book. Essentially, a bill of sale document will give your prospective buyer all the information they need to apply for a new log book using a V62 form. It’s also written proof that the buyer has accepted the terms of the sale and the condition of the vehicle.

If you want to create a fit and proper bill of sale that gives protection for you and prospective buyers, you’ll need to include the following:

  • Vehicle registration number
  • Mileage (at the point of sale)
  • Make and model of the vehicle
  • VIN plate number
  • Date of sale
  • Buyer’s full name and address
  • Your signature
  • Buyer’s signature

Can you get a replacement V5C document?

If you don’t want to have to create a bill of sale, you can always decide to apply for a replacement V5C document before you sell the vehicle.

You’ll need to reapply for the document with the DVLA, either by phone or post using a completed V62 form. If you choose to sell the vehicle without a log book, your prospective buyer won’t be able to apply for a new V5C document over the phone.

The DVLA only accepts applications from the registered keeper on the original log book. This means they’ll have to fill in and send off a V62 form to the DVLA’s head office in Swansea instead.

A replacement V5C document costs £25, which can be paid by credit or debit card over the telephone or via cheque when applying via post. If you are leaving it up to your buyer to apply for a replacement log book, you could always take the cost of the new V5C document off the sale price of the vehicle as a gesture of goodwill.

Replacement log books often arrive within five working days for telephone applications. However, those made via post using a V62 form can take up to six weeks to be processed.

Sell your car to ASM Auto Recycling with or without your log book

At ASM Auto Recycling, we’ll buy any vehicle in any condition. This means that even if it’s a non-runner, an MOT failure or a car without a log book, we’ll pay you a fair price for your vehicle.

If the seller doesn’t have the log book, we require photo ID that shows the seller’s address. The seller will also be asked to sign a document which gives consent to pass title of ownership across to ASM.

Get an instant valuation for your car without a log book today, complete with a price guarantee. Providing your vehicle is correctly described, we’ll pay what we say.

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