Found 29th Jan 2010
All the car buying guides seem to concentrate on checking the car for faults, which is relatively straight forward if you follow the guidlines.

HOWEVER what is the legal process of actually taking ownership of a car. lets assume I go tomorrow view a car and decide to buy it straight away, what documents do i need to fill in etc. so the car will be mine.

i.e. in other words what is stopping the person who I'm buying the car from in saying I didn't pay them or saying I stole the car?

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Original Poster

Thank you Carley, but what stops the seller from saying I stole the car or didn't pay them (ignoring the receipt for a moment)? If I'm in possesion of ALL the paperwork I then legally own the car?

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Carley;7690110

Once your name is on the V5 (returned from DVLA) then you are the legal … Once your name is on the V5 (returned from DVLA) then you are the legal owner.


So how does this process work?

Original Poster

It is the responsibility of the person selling the vehicle to send it in to DVLA, what happens if they don't send it?

rash;7690243

It is the responsibility of the person selling the vehicle to send it in … It is the responsibility of the person selling the vehicle to send it in to DVLA, what happens if they don't send it?



If you don't get it within a few weeks there is a form V62 you will need to apply for a registration certificate. There is no charge if you never received the original but have the new keepers part of the V5.

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Carley;7690309

I don't know the legal process for this but you will have...A ReceiptYour … I don't know the legal process for this but you will have...A ReceiptYour name on the V5 slip (V5C/2 green section appropriately filled in.)I guess if the seller claims ownership then you inform the police and show them your evidence?


Thank you pal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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Carley;7690399

if you are worried then insist that you will send the completed V5 off to … if you are worried then insist that you will send the completed V5 off to the DVLA.


Yes ofcourse good idea!

Also, if the old owner of the vehicle does not send it off, and you have to apply for one, they will be fined by the DVLA.
I also suggest going through some speed cameras at 101MPH to really take the mickey.

Original Poster

So basically I need to get them to sign/fill in the V5 registration document and send it off.
Then the car is mine?
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