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Selling a used vehicle

Selling your vehicle can feel like a tricky process. Knowing the steps to take before and after you find a buyer can make it a lot quicker and easier.

The steps on this page can apply to selling your used:

  • car
  • trailer
  • motorcycle
  • ute
  • caravan
  • motorhome.

Selling an unregistered vehicle privately

If you are selling your vehicle unregistered, you do not need to have the vehicle inspected, but if you plan to move it you will need an unregistered vehicle permit to do so.

Find out more about selling or moving an unregistered vehicle.

Selling a registered vehicle privately

When selling your registered vehicle privately, there are steps you need to take before you put it up for sale and when someone agrees to buy it.

Getting ready to sell your vehicle

When getting ready to sell a registered vehicle privately make sure you:

  • get a current safety certificate or certificate of inspection (from an approved inspection station)
  • display the safety certificate or certificate of inspection on your vehicle—it must be attached to your vehicle before you put it up for sale
  • if your vehicle has gas fuel systems or other gas systems, you will need to get a gas certificate from an authorised gas installer—the issue date for your gas certificate must not be more than 3 months old when the registration is transferred.

If the registration is paid by direct debit, make sure you remove the registration from your direct debit so a payment is not deducted after you have sold your vehicle.

Remember to remove any toll tags and update your details with the toll payment provider from the vehicle you are selling .

Transfer your registration

Find out how to transfer your registration.

Safety inspection

Contact an approved inspection station to get a safety inspection of your vehicle before you put it up for sale.

Even if you plan to cancel the registration before you sell it, you must get a safety certificate or certificate of inspection for the vehicle (and display it on the vehicle) if you put it up for sale while it is still registered.

You can get an on-the-spot fine if:

  • you do not have a safety certificate or certificate of inspection on your vehicle from the moment you put it up for sale

    or

  • you are found with an expired safety certificate or certificate of inspection on your vehicle.

Find out more information about vehicle inspections, approved inspection stations and safety certificates.

Need to move your unregistered vehicle?

Find out how to get a permit to move your unregistered vehicle.

Last updated
17 August 2015

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