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How Do You Write A Bill Of Sale For A Car?

If you’re planning to sell your car or vehicle, how do you write a bill of sale to accurately describe the transaction?

A bill of sale for a car is proof of the transaction. The bill of sale is a written agreement between buyer and seller to transfer ownership of a vehicle. It’s an important legal document that can protect both buyer and seller. If you’re selling your car, it’s wise to have the bill of sale on hand. If you’re buying a used car, you’ll need the bill of sale before you can register the vehicle in your state.

How to write a bill of sale

Most states do not have an official bill of sale document required for private vehicle transactions. It is up to you, the seller and buyer, to ensure that your bill of sale not only is part of the transaction but includes the following nine components:

  1. Date of purchase – what day did the vehicle transaction take place?
  2. Name of the seller – who is the seller/current titleholder?
  3. The seller’s signature – the signature of the current titleholder*
  4. Name of the buyer – who is purchasing the vehicle?
  5. Vehicle identification number (VIN) – VINs, after 1981 are typically 17 characters, VINs prior to 1981, may have fewer characters.
  6. Vehicle make – Ford, Subaru, Toyota, Dodge, Honda, etc.
  7. Vehicle model – Focus, Forester, Camry, Dakoda, Civic, etc.
  8. Model year – what year what the vehicle made?
  9. Odometer statement – how many miles are on the odometer at the time of the transaction?

*Only the current titleholder or power of attorney for the titleholder is permitted to sign the bill of sale.

Special requirements for a bill of sale

In most states, a bill of sale that includes the nine components above is generally accepted by the state’s DMV office. However, there are 5 states that require your bill of sale to be notarized by a public notary to be valid. The states that require a notarized bill of sale are Maryland, Nebraska, West Virginia, Montana, and New Hampshire.

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