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It is a good idea to create a bill of sale when selling a vehicle on your own.

The bill of sale should include a description of the vehicle, including year, make, model, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and the mileage at the time of sale. Also include a statement that the vehicle is sold "as is," to help protect you against any future claims from the buyer regarding the condition of the vehicle.

In some states, the title for the vehicle actually serves as a bill of sale, so be sure to keep your copy of the title for your records. Check with the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of Licensing for any other suggestions or forms that may be available.

Also remember to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles once your vehicle has been sold. Some states include a form with the title that you can detach and mail to the state separately to give notice of sale.

Another option would be to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles with the new owner and submit the paperwork to transfer the title at that time, after you have received payment by cashier's check or money order.

Keep in mind that these suggestions are intended as basic guidelines for selling a vehicle yourself. They and are not a substitute for the advice of an attorney; if you have any questions about a legal bill of sale, it would be wise to consult an attorney in your state.