Losing a loved one can be very difficult, and the process of distributing their assets can be equally challenging. Selling a car is usually one of the biggest items to sell, but when the owner has passed on, the process can be complicated and stressful. If you're in this situation, you might have several questions, such as "How do I transfer ownership?" and "What documents do I need?". But don't worry, this post will guide you through the process step-by-step, so you can sell your loved one's car with ease and peace of mind.

Notifying the DVLA of the person's death

The very first step in the process is notifying the DVLA of the person's passing. While this may seem daunting, it's a straightforward process that can be done online or through the post. If you have it, you should include the deceased person's driving licence with your letter.

It's important to remember that the vehicle cannot be sold until the DVLA has been informed.

When you submit the above, the car will be untaxed. If you or someone else wants to drive it, it must be re-taxed. Alternatively, you can make a Statutory Off-Road Notification (SORN) if you wish to keep it but not drive it on the road. Remember to take either of these steps promptly, whilst you're waiting to hear back from the DVLA.

Car Keys

What documents are required to sell a deceased person's car to Sell2Swansway?

At Sell2Swansway, we understand the process of selling a deceased person's car can add to that stress, which is why we aim to make the process as smooth and straightforward as possible. All we need is a copy of the vehicle owner's Death Certificate. If the official Death Certificate has not been issued yet, we can accept a copy of the Interim Death Certificate of Coroners Certificate.

If the deceased person had a will, you would also need to provide a copy of it. If there was no will, you will need to obtain a letter of administration. Additionally, a written statement from the estate's executor will be required, declaring that the sale of the car has been approved by all necessary parties.

Transferring ownership of the car using the V5C logbook

Once you have verified the ownership, the next step is to transfer the car's ownership to the new buyer. This can be a complicated process, and it is advisable to get assistance from a legal professional to avoid any legal issues.

Check out our guide to transferring car ownership.

Sell The Car

Finally, you can sell the car to a dealer or a private buyer. Other alternatives are advertising the vehicle on social media or car sales websites. Ensure you disclose the details of the car and any issues it may have.

Discover the easiest way to sell your car with Sell 2 Swansway

If you're currently in this situation and need a smooth and hassle-free way to sell a car, Sell 2 Swansway are here to help!

With our reliable service, you can trust that the entire selling process will be handled seamlessly, from competitive valuations to speedy payouts. Sell your car easily now!



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