Sold car but debt collection agency is after me for non payment of ticket from new owner

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vincerees 31 Mar 2017

In Febuary last year I sold a vehicle to a friend's older brother. We completed the V5 document (I also have a picture of this) and this was sent off. The new owner (my friend's brother) then insured himself on the vehicle and also taxed it (as the law had just changed that tax can not be sold with the vehicle).

I never questioned if he had received the new log book it never even crossed my mind and didn't speak to him much anyway.

Today I've had a letter from a debt collection agency, on behalf of my local council, for a PNC which was issued after the sale of the vehicle. I've received no prior correspondence regarding the PNC (I assume it was a parking ticket stuck to his window) and only now been made aware. To add to the stress, the cost of the fine has risen due to no action being taken on it.

Where do I stand with this? I can't provide proof of sending the V5 apart from a picture I took of it completed prior to posting. However he was insured on the vehicle and will have completed the car tax documents etc, but I'm not sure if this will provide sufficient evidence to prove the sale.

I assume the response will be "You should have checked with the DVLA that the logbook form was received and processed", as I don't believe any correspondence is sent out to notify of the change, to the previous owner (I may be wrong on this).

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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gices 03 Apr 2017

When you sell a vehicle, you (the owner) must send Section 1 - 8 to DVLA. The buyer only gets Section 10 to be able to tax the vehicle. See this link for more info.

You could:

  1. Try to explain the situation to the DVLA and send the picture you took
  2. Or speak to the older brother of your friend and get him to pay the fine
  3. Or pay the fine yourself (it's usually 50% off if you pay within 14 days)

At the end of the day, it was your responsibility to send the registration form to DVLA and the penalty is the result of not knowing the procedure.

What is more important for you to do is notify DVLA that you have sold the car to avoid future problems.