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Top 10: Tips for selling your car

Selling your car can be a mammoth task, as you’re up against professional traders, fellow privateer sellers and a million and one classifieds. You also have to work out how much it’s worth, get the advert right and eventually close the deal, so it’s no mean feat.

Our tips for selling your car will help you get the best price for your cherished car.

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Want the best price? Do it yourself

If you’re prepared to roll up your sleeves and sell your car yourself you’re almost guaranteed to get more money than selling it any other way.

It’s a more laborious and time consuming process than, for example, trading it in at dealer. Plus you will need to work out how much the car is worth, prepare it for the sale and advertise it – but if you want the most amount of money possible then selling privately is the best way to go about it.

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Johnfrog    on 4 August 2016

Sorry HJ but you are wrong about the V5C. You are perptuating the common misconception that the V5C is proof of ownership. The DVLA make a point of saying that the person named on the registration document is not necessarily the owner.

A registration document (V5C) is not proof of ownership. The registered keeper should be the person who is actually using / keeping the vehicle and this is not necessarily the owner of the vehicle or the person who is paying for it.

Otherwise a useful article. JW

svenno    on 5 October 2016

So, how do you confirm who the owner is?

KenScotland    on 22 May 2017

Legal "title" is usually proved by the original invoice backed up by the V5C. Ken

David Chapman    on 22 May 2017

Sorry HJ but you are wrong about the V5C. You are perptuating the common misconception that the V5C is proof of ownership. The DVLA make a point of saying that the person named on the registration document is not necessarily the owner.

A registration document (V5C) is not proof of ownership. The registered keeper should be the person who is actually using / keeping the vehicle and this is not necessarily the owner of the vehicle or the person who is paying for it.

Otherwise a useful article. JW

Baffled by this - ownership is a legal status, and surely the V5C reflects this? I own a car that my daughter is the main user of. She definitely doesn't own it. I own it, it's mine, belongs to me, and I decide who uses it. Ownership conveys possession, not consumption. Or perhaps I know nothing any more...!

Johnfrog    on 22 May 2017

David

The V5C confirms who the vehicle’s ‘registered keeper’ is. This term does not, however, mean the same thing as owner." Registered keeper" specifically refers to the person responsible for taxing the vehicle, who is not necessarily the person with a legal claim to ownership.

David Chapman    on 25 May 2017

David The V5C confirms who the vehicle’s ‘registered keeper’ is. This term does not, however, mean the same thing as owner." Registered keeper" specifically refers to the person responsible for taxing the vehicle, who is not necessarily the person with a legal claim to ownership.

Ok, thanks for that John. If correct, how do you ever prove ownership?

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