Before you advertise the car

Clean it inside and out and make sure that it’s generally tidy.

Repair any minor paintwork damage or simple mechanical faults.

Get a new MOT if there’s less than three months on the current one. Consider a new MOT anyway as this says a lot about the car’s basic condition.

Remember that if your vehicle has a serious defect and is unroadworthy, you could be breaking the law by selling it, if you haven’t described it accurately.


Provide a ‘sold as seen, tried and approved without guarantee’ receipt

Print off and use our buyer’s/seller’s contract

Bear in mind that providing a ‘sold as seen’ receipt doesn’t affect the buyer’s legal rights – the car must match any description you give in writing or verbally in the course of the sale.

You cannot use a ‘sold as seen’ receipt to cover the possibility that the car may be unroadworthy in some respect either. The law is clear – it’s illegal to sell a car in an unroadworthy condition.

For more information, visit the AA