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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

How to sell a car in NSW

Sellers are required to do two things when selling a car in NSW. They must provide the buyer with proof of their entitlement to register the vehicle.

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

To do that they must lodge a Notice of Disposal form with their name and 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.

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

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


All cars more than five years old must undergo an annual safety inspection, known as a pink slip test, to show that the car is roadworthy.

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 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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