For those who are selling a car in France – it can be a little confusing as we just found as the legalities are a little different to the UK. I have listed them and put links in where appropriate.
The following documents are necessary and are to be competed by the Seller.
Certificat de Situation Administrative can be carried out online by entering the cars registration number. This cocument is necessary to confirm there is no HP or debt on the vehicle. When completed, Just print off and give to the buyer during the sale. This applies only to a vehicle which is already registered in France and is applicable for two months. https://www.service-public.fr/particuliers/vosdroits/R1270
Déclaration de Cession, copied direct from here and three copies must be completed exactly the same, this should be completed by the person selling. Top half is your information and the bottom half is the buyers information and should be signed by both the buyer and seller. One copy is for you, one copy for your prefecture to notify of the sale and one copy to the buyer. https://www.formulaires.modernisation.gouv.fr/gf/showFormulaireSignaletiqueConsulter.do?numCerfa=13754*02
Controle Technique which is equivelent to an MOT. Please note you need to have had this done in the previous six months and hand over to the buyer at the time of sale.
Certificate of d’Immitriculation, on which you write the buyer’s details and sign and date it at the back then draw two lines across the front and write ‘Vendu le’ and the date.
With all the paperwork, make sure you don’t forget payment from he buyer for the car in the process!
That completes our guide of selling a car in France. I hope you found it useful.
Guest blog by @Liz