From time to time we get phone calls and emails from clients asking for documents or forms that do no pertain to our primary practice areas (personal injury, etc.). One of those forms that we are often asked for is a form bill of sale for an automobile. What we have learned over the years is that when you sell your vehicle you need to keep a copy of your bill of sale (so that you can prove to the county that you no longer owe taxes) and you also need to take the license plates off the vehicle and turn them into the DMV. Additionally, we always recommend that prior to purchasing any vehicle that you spend a $100 and have it looked over by a mechanic (we seriously get about 1 call a month from someone who bought a used vehicle that immediately broke down (and didn’t have a mechanic look it over)).
Before you buy a used car, take this advice: HAVE A MECHANIC INSPECT THE VEHICLE AND PROVIDE YOU WITH A WRITTEN OPINION THAT ALL MAJOR COMPONENTS APPEAR TO BE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.
Form Bill of Sale / Proof Of Purchase
This Bill of Sale (“Bill of Sale”) is executed between __________________ (the “Buyer”) and ____________________ (the “Seller”). In exchange for receipt of payment of $__________, the Seller hereby sells to the Buyer the following automobile (the “Automobile”):
The Seller hereby makes the following warranties:
- That the Seller owns the Automobile free of all claims, liens and offsets of any and all kind;
- That to the best of Seller’s knowledge the Automobile has never been salvaged, flooded or stolen; and
- That the Automobile is being sold “as-is” without any warranties, express or implied, as to the condition of the Automobile. For clarity, the Seller is not providing a warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. The Seller’s disclaimer of warranties contained in this Bill of Sale does not, and shall not, affect in any manner the terms of any other warranty from any manufacturer or other entity that may be applicable to this vehicle.
Instead of relying on any statements or comments made by the Seller regarding the Seller’s personal experience or personal opinion on the quality of the Automobile, the Seller urges the Buyer to have the Automobile inspected by a mechanic or other professional and render a professional opinion to the Buyer as to the overall condition of the Automobile.
Printed Name of Seller: ____________________
Signature of Seller: ____________________
Printed Name of Buyer: ____________________
Signature of Buyer: ____________________
State of North Carolina
County of _______________
Personally appeared before me on the _____ day of _______________ (month) __________ (year) the named ____________________ (Seller) and ____________________ (Buyer) who acknowledged that they each executed the above and foregoing Bill of Sale.
Signature of Notary Public: _________________________
My Commission Expires: ____________________