Selling Your Car Without a Log Book (V5C)

It's possible to sell your car without a logbook if you've misplaced it, but we wouldn't recommend it. For potential buyers, a car without a logbook will raise a red flag, possibly losing you the sale or impacting the price that you expect to achieve.

Buyers will likely wonder if the car is stolen, written off, cloned, or used as collateral against a log book loan. Getting a replacement log book should be relatively quick, not doing so could also suggest to a buyer your need a quick sale.

Provide a bill of sale

If you do decide to sell without the log book, create a bill of sale. Print a copy for yourself and the buyer, sign them and get the buyer to do the same.

Make sure you include:

  • Registration number

  • VIN / chassis number

  • Seller & buyers name and contact details

  • Date of the sale

  • Terms of sale (sold as seen)

  • Payment terms

The buyer can then apply for a V5C by downloading and returning a V62 form to the DVLA. There is a £25 fee charged for the new log book. The DVLA advise that the new log book should be received within 4 weeks, during which time the buyer will be unable to tax the vehicle and subsequently shouldn't drive or keep it on the road.

Getting a replacement log book

As the registered keeper of the vehicle, your best option is to request a duplicate log book from the DVLA before selling your vehicle. There is a £25 fee for the duplicate log book. The DVLA say that they aim to have the log book to you within 5 working days.

You will need:

  • Registration number
  • VIN / chassis number
  • Registered name and postcode

Once you have the log book, you can easily notify the DVLA of the sale online. The buyer will also be able to use the new keeper supplement of the log book to tax the vehicle straight away.

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