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Selling a used vehicle

Selling your vehicle can feel like a tricky process. Knowing the steps to take before and after you find a buyer can make it a lot quicker and easier.

The steps on this page can apply to selling your used:

  • car
  • trailer
  • motorcycle
  • ute
  • caravan
  • motorhome.

Selling an unregistered vehicle privately

If you are selling your vehicle unregistered, you do not need to have the vehicle inspected, but if you plan to move it you will need an unregistered vehicle permit to do so.

Find out more about selling or moving an unregistered vehicle.

Selling a registered vehicle privately

When selling your registered vehicle privately, there are steps you need to take before you put it up for sale and when someone agrees to buy it.

Find out information about a person buying your Queensland registered vehicle from interstate.

Getting ready to sell your vehicle

When getting ready to sell a registered vehicle privately make sure you:

  • get a current safety certificate (from an approved inspection station). Some approved inspection stations now issue safety certificates electronically and can email you a PDF to show the buyer
  • display the handwritten safety certificate on your vehicle—it must be attached to your vehicle before you put it up for sale. Electronically issued certificates don't need to be displayed on your vehicle, however you must be able to produce it if requested by a buyer, buyer's agent, police officer or transport inspector
  • if your vehicle has gas fuel systems or other gas systems, you will need to get a gas certificate from an authorised gas installer—the issue date for your gas certificate must not be more than 3 months old when the registration is transferred.

If the registration is currently paid by direct debit, make sure you remove the registration from your direct debit so a payment is not deducted after you have sold your vehicle.

Transfer your registration

Find out how to transfer your registration.

Vehicle safety inspection

Contact an approved inspection station to get a safety certificate for your vehicle before you list it for sale.

Even if you plan to cancel the registration before you sell it, you must get a safety certificate for the vehicle if you list it for sale while it is still registered.

Some approved inspection stations now issue safety certificates electronically, and can print or email you a PDF of the certificate. You do not need to display an electronically issued certificate on your vehicle while it is listed for sale. However you must produce it if requested by a buyer, buyer's agent, police officer or transport inspector. This could be a printed copy, or via an electronic method like your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Handwritten safety certificates need to be displayed on your vehicle if it is listed for sale.

You can get an on-the-spot fine if:

  • you do not have a safety certificate or certificate of inspection for your vehicle from the moment you list it for sale

    or

  • you are found with an expired safety certificate or certificate of inspection for your vehicle.

Find out more information about vehicle inspections, approved inspection stations and safety certificates.

Transfer registration online

Find out how to transfer your registration online when selling your vehicle.

Need to move your unregistered vehicle?

Find out how to get a permit to move your unregistered vehicle.

Your toll account

Remember to remove any toll tags and update your details with go via, the toll payment provider, for the vehicle you are selling.

Last updated
27 September 2016

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