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Selling a car with a different name on the registration document: Your guide

Selling a car is often a straightforward process, but what happens if the name on the vehicle registration document doesn't match that of the seller? This can lead to some legal and administrative challenges. In this blog post, we explain what it means if the vehicle registration document is issued in a different name and how you can still sell your car successfully and in compliance with the law.

Why the name on the vehicle registration document is important

The vehicle registration document, officially also known as registration certificate part II, is a central document that identifies the legal owner of a vehicle. It contains important information such as the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the vehicle's technical data. The name on the vehicle registration document must match that of the current owner to ensure that the sale is legal and undisputed.

Possible reasons for different names on the vehicle registration document

There are various situations in which the name on the vehicle registration document may differ from that of the seller:

  1. Inheritance: The vehicle has been inherited and the heir has not yet had the vehicle registration document transferred to his or her name.
  2. Financing/Leasing: The vehicle is still financed or leased and the vehicle registration document is held by the financing bank or leasing company.
  3. Purchase from a third party: The seller has purchased the vehicle from another person but has not yet had the vehicle registration document transferred.
  4. Joint ownership: The vehicle belongs to several people (e.g. spouses), but only one of them is registered on the vehicle registration document.

Steps to sell a car with a different name on the vehicle registration document

To sell a car if the name on the vehicle registration document does not match that of the seller, a few additional steps are required:

  1. Provide proof of ownership:
    • Inheritance: Provide a certificate of inheritance or other document proving that you are the rightful heir.
    • Financing/Leasing: Contact the bank or leasing company to obtain the release of the vehicle and ensure that all payments are finalized.
    • Third Party Purchase: Obtain a power of attorney or bill of sale from the person listed on the vehicle title.
    • Joint ownership: Obtain consent and a written declaration from all co-owners.
  2. Obtain power of attorney: If you cannot or do not want to transfer the vehicle title to your name, you can also carry out the sale with a power of attorney. The person registered on the vehicle title can issue you with a power of attorney that allows you to sell the vehicle in their name. Make sure that the power of attorney contains all the necessary information and is notarized to avoid legal problems.

  3. Transfer of the vehicle registration document: Before you sell the vehicle, you should have the vehicle registration document transferred to your name. This can be done at the relevant registration office and usually requires proof of identity and the current vehicle registration document.

  4. Preparation of the sales documents:
    • Vehicle registration certificate (Registration Certificate Part II): Make sure that the vehicle registration certificate is correctly issued in your name.
    • Vehicle registration certificate (Registration Certificate Part I): This should also be updated and presented.
    • Purchase contract: Draw up a detailed purchase contract that includes the condition of the vehicle, the sales price and the details of both parties.
    • Handover protocol: Document the exact condition of the vehicle on handover.
  5. Deregistration and Re-registration: Deregister the vehicle at the registration office if the buyer does not want to transfer it to their name immediately. This protects you from possible legal and financial consequences after the sale.

Conclusion

Selling a car with a different name on the vehicle registration document can involve additional hurdles but is perfectly feasible with the right preparation and the necessary proof. Make sure all documents are complete and correct to ensure a smooth sales process.

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