Can You Sell A Car Without A Log Book?

Losing your car’s V5C is far more common than you think but if you need to sell your car, you may be wondering if it’s even possible without a log book. Within this article, we walk you through everything you need to know with regards to selling a car without a log book.

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Can You Sell A Car Without A Log Book
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Although it isn’t recommended, you can sell a car without a log book. However, there are extra steps that you’ll need to do to ensure that both you (as the seller) and the buyer are happy with the transaction.

If you need to sell your car but don’t have the log book, below is our guide that covers the entire process.

Creating A Bill Of Sale

To ensure that you are covered when selling your car without a log book, it’s highly recommended that you create a bill of sale. In short, it’s a document that acts as written proof that the buyer has accepted the terms of the sale and conditions. It also allows the buyer to apply for a new log book (V5C) because it’ll have all the required details on the document.

In terms of creating a bill of sale, there are several ways to set it out but we recommend including the following:

  • Make and model of the car
  • The registration number
  • Current mileage
  • VIN number
  • Full name of the buyer
  • Date of sale/transaction
  • Seller and buyer signatures
  • Total price and payment terms
  • Stating that the car is “sold as seen”

If you include all of the above information, you’ll be covered and the buyer can apply for a new log book via the V62 form.

How To Sell A Car Without A V5C Log Book

Misplacing or losing your log book is fairly common but if you need to sell your car without the document to hand, you can certainly do so. It’s important to note the logbook isn’t proof of ownership of a car and this is clearly stated in the document itself. All the V5C states is who the car is registered to, which can be changed after the sale.

Below are the 5 steps we recommend that you follow in order to sell a car without a log book:

  1. List your car for sale and clearly state that it hasn’t got a V5C.
  2. Agree on a deal with the buyer and confirm with them that the car comes without a V5C.
  3. Duplicate the “bill of sale” (mentioned above) and get signatures on both documents.
  4. Explain to the buyer how to get a new log book using the information on the bill of sale.
  5. Inform the DVLA that you’ve sold your car via their online service.

It really is that simple but it’s important that you clearly state on your listing that your car hasn’t got a V5C. This’ll avoid people wasting your time and the buyer assuming the car comes with the document.

What If You Didn’t Get A Log Book In The First Place?

Whether you never received a log book in the post or the previous owner never sent it off, we would advise getting a replacement for peace of mind. In order to get a replacement in as little as 5 working days, you can apply for a new one online. There is a fee of £25 but it’ll make the process of selling your car far more easier than it would be without one.

It’s important to note that you can send off for a new log book in the post but this can take up to 6 weeks to arrive. Therefore, we strongly recommend using the DVLA’s online service for a quick turnaround.

Can You Scrap A Car Without A V5C?

If the car in question isn’t actually worth that much, it may be more profitable and easier to scrap the car. As with selling your car, you can also scrap a car without a V5C but we would highly recommend using a reputable scrap dealer.

We state this because you’ll want to be able to send the relevant details to the DVLA as soon as you’ve given the car to the dealer. To do this, you’ll need to send the following details to the DVLA:

  • Registration number
  • Make and model
  • The exact date of sale
  • Name and address of the scrapyard/dealer

After completing the above, you can rest assured that you’ve successfully scrapped the car without a V5C.


Selling your car without a V5C is possible but if you are willing to wait 5 working days, it may be easier to get a replacement from the DVLA. This’ll certainly make selling your car privately easier because many people may be put off by the fact that the car doesn’t have a log book.

If you require further information regarding selling your car without a log book, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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