What type of property is being sold?

Motor vehicle
Trailer
Boat / Watercraft
Animal
Other

What Is a Bill of Sale?

A BILL OF SALE IS:

  • A general form that documents the transfer of a used or
    high-valued item from a seller to a buyer
  • A sales receipt for the purchase of vehicles, animals, and personal property such as bikes and firearms
  • Proof that a private sale occurred between friends, family, or acquaintances, or through a buy, sell, and trade website
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Person wanting details

What Information Is Required in a
Bill of Sale?

Information required in a Bill of Sale includes:

  • Date of purchase
  • Location of property
  • Contact details for both the buyer and seller
  • Description and condition of the item
  • Sale price and form of payment
  • Liens or loans on the property

What Items Should Be Sold With a
Bill of Sale?

A Bill of Sale is most commonly used for the private sale of:

  • Vehicles: cars, motorcycles, and RVs
  • Animals: cats, dogs, horses, and other livestock
  • Firearms

A Bill of Sale can also be used for the following
exchange of goods:

  • Boats or other watercrafts
  • Airplanes or other aircrafts
  • Electronics: cell phones, computers, and gaming consoles
  • Personal property: bicycles, musical instruments, and jewelry
  • Appliances, tools, furniture, and exercise equipment
Computer, guitar, red car
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Why Do I Need a Bill of Sale?

Creating a Bill of Sale benefits both the buyer and seller.

For the seller, a Bill of Sale:

  • Demonstrates proof that an exchange of goods took place
  • Protects them from any liability related to the quality or lifespan
    of the item if sold "as-is without any warranties"

For the buyer, a Bill of Sale:

  • Demonstrates proof of payment for the item
  • Transfers legal ownership of the item to the buyer
  • May be required for registration or insurance of the purchased item under the buyer's name

When Do I Use a Bill of Sale?

Use a Bill of Sale when:

  • Payment will be made in full at the time of exchange
  • You are selling personal property in "as-is" condition. An "as-is" sale protects the seller from any liability related to defects or deficiencies in the product after the exchange.
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Bill of Sale Sample

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State of Georgia
County: _______________

$____________ USD

Bill of Sale of Vehicle

IN CONSIDERATION OF the sum of $____________  USD, plus any applicable sales taxes, paid by , the receipt of which consideration is acknowledged, __________ of __________ (the 'Seller'), SELLS AND DELIVERS to __________ of __________ (the 'Purchaser'),  the following vehicle (the 'Vehicle'):

Make
________________________

Model
__________

Year
__________

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
_____________________________

Odometer Reading
__________ miles

Body Type
__________

The Seller warrants that (1) the Seller is the legal owner of the Vehicle; (2) the Vehicle is free from all liens and encumbrances; (3) the Seller has full right and authority to sell and transfer the Vehicle; and (4) the Seller will warrant and defend the title of the Vehicle against any and all claims and demands of all persons.

The Vehicle is being sold in an 'as is' condition and the Seller expressly disclaims all warranties, whether expressed or implied, including but not limited to, any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Further, the Seller disclaims any warranty  as to the condition of the Vehicle. The Seller does not assume, or authorize any other person to assume on the behalf of the Seller, any liability in connection with the sale of the Vehicle. The Seller's above disclaimer of warranties does not, in any way, affect the terms of any applicable warranties from the manufacturer of the Vehicle.

The Purchaser has been given the opportunity to inspect the Vehicle or to have it inspected and the Purchaser has accepted the Vehicle in its existing condition. This Bill of Sale will be construed in accordance with and governed by the laws of the State of Georgia.

SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED
this 27th day of September, 2016.

   



_____________________________
__________
(Seller)

     

Federal and State Law requires that the Seller state the Mileage upon transfer of ownership. Failure to complete or providing an inaccurate or untruthful statement may result in fines and/or imprisonment.

Odometer Disclosure Statement

I, __________ of __________ (the 'Seller'), STATE AND DECLARE that the following vehicle's (the 'Vehicle') odometer reads as follows:

Make
________________________

Model
__________

Year
__________

Current Odometer Reading
__________ miles

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
_____________________________

Body Type
__________

I CERTIFY that to the best of my knowledge the odometer reading as stated above is NOT the actual mileage of the Vehicle and should not be relied upon.  I CERTIFY

SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED
this 27th day of September, 2016.

   

___________________________
Seller: __________
Address: __________

     

Do I Need Another Type of Sales Form?

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