How to sell the car of a deceased relative

The death of a partner or close family member is a traumatic period for anyone. It’s not a topic we like to bring up however; we do receive many enquiries, unfortunately, from the recently bereaved asking if we are able to buy the car of a late family member.

Uncertainty in the period immediately after bereavement is certainly not a time any of us would choose to deal with pending legal and financial matters. Sadly it is an essential task sorting out the deceased’s financial affairs, and this does often include their vehicle.

Here’s some advice on what to do if you are in the unfortunate position (and we do hope that you never have to use this advice!)


If a driver has died, send the person’s driving license and registration certificate (V5C) to DVLA.

Include a letter with the documents explaining:

Your relationship to the person who has died
the date of death
their name, address and date of birth

If you don’t have the V5C then just send the letter.

Selling the vehicle

(If you have the V5C registration certificate)

You need to:

fill in section 6 ‘new keeper details’
get the buyer to sign and date the ‘new keeper declaration’
give the green V5C/2 ‘new keeper’s supplement’ to the buyer

Send the V5C registration certificate to the DVLA Sensitive Casework Team. Include a letter explaining your relationship to the person who’s died and date of death.

You do not need to transfer the vehicle into your name, this would cause a delay waiting for the V5 to be returned from the DVLA. Adding an extra owner would reduce the vehicles value too.

The car buyer will however, require proof that you are authorised to sell the vehicle in question. This could be a legal letter proving that you are either the executor of the will or the next of kin.

How we can help

At we pride ourselves on being able to offer a swift, hassle free and professional service, which is imperative for anyone in this situation.

We endeavour to make the whole process a quick, painless way to sell a car without anyone incurring additional costs or stress at such a difficult time.

You can either contact Jack directly or to get a valuation and see how much the car is worth, you can go to (homepage) and enter a couple of details. It’s a very simple process.

If you have any concerns or questions as to how this process works please do not hesitate to contact us. You can call us on 0121 296 3829 or email us.

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