Selling a car in NSW

Each state and territory in Australia has its own unique rules and regulations when it comes to selling a used car
Graham Smith
Contributing Journalist
CarsGuide

27 Jul 2016 • 5 min read

How to sell a car in NSW

When selling a car in NSW, there is no requirement for a seller, whether private or dealer, to submit the used car they are selling to a roadworthy check as a requirement to transfer the registration to the new owner.

Instead, NSW rules require all cars more than five years old to undergo an annual safety inspection, known as a pink slip, to show that your car is roadworthy. When applicable, a pink slip is as condition of re-registration.

Owners are notified when their car requires a pink slip roadworthy inspection when they receive their registration renewal notice.

Under the NSW rules there are two things you are required to do as a seller.

Should you fail to advise the department of a sale you could be held responsible for any parking or driving offences that occur.

You must provide the buyer with proof of their entitlement to register the vehicle, and you must lodge a Notice of Disposal for the vehicle with the Roads & Maritime Department.

Acceptable documents to prove a person is entitled to register a vehicle in their name are:

• an original copy of a registration certificate, renewal notice, or other registration document signed by the previous owner.

• a certified copy of a dealer warranty form.

• an original copy of a sales contract, or proof of purchase, which could be a letter, bill of sale, receipt, or tax invoice, showing the seller’s details, the buyer’s details, the date of the sale, the selling price or market value of the car, whichever is higher, and the car’s registration and VIN numbers.

• an original copy of a Notice of Disposal form signed by the seller.

It is the seller’s responsibility to notify the NSW Roads & Maritime department when a car is sold to update the department’s records to show the new owner.

There is no fee to pay when lodging a Notice of Disposal form with the department.

Should you fail to advise the department of a sale you could be held responsible for any parking or driving offences that occur, and the fines that might apply, until the registration transfer takes place.

To lodge a Notice of Disposal you must be able to supply information, such as your name, your signature, the car’s registration number, date of the sale, and the details of the new owner.

A Notice of Disposal can be lodged on-line, by post, or in person at any registry or service centre.

Additional action

If your car has an E-Tag remember to contact the provider to update the tag’s details to avoid being charged for trips you haven’t made.

The buyer should be told if your car has special registration plates that have additional annual fees, as they go with the vehicle and become the responsibility of the new owner.

How much is it worth?

Before setting the price you want to ask for your car, check its valuation with our free valuation tool.

It’s also worth searching for similar cars for sale on CarsGuide.com.au to see what others around Australia are asking for similar cars.

Have you ever sold a car in NSW? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

Have you ever sold a car in NSW? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.

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