A car’s logbook is also known as its V5C. It’s a red document that details information on the car, as well as specifying who is responsible for taxing and registering it. Although it’s both possible and legal to buy a car and have that car’s ownership transferred without a log book, we wouldn’t recommend doing so.

Why you should always buy a car with a log book

It’s possible that the person from whom you’re trying to purchase the vehicle has genuinely lost the logbook.

However, if they don’t have their log book, it could also indicate that the car is stolen or has finance still owed on it – typically, these will be logbook loans, where the vehicle’s owner used the logbook in order to secure a loan against it. You may consequently find yourself responsible for repaying this outstanding finance, despite having not owned the vehicle at the time the finance deal was established.

DVLA replacement log book service

The DVLA has announced a service for ordering a replacement log book, provided that no details on that log book – such as name or address – have changed. It costs £25, is delivered within five days, can be paid by credit or debit card, and the application process is online.

If you’ve found a vehicle that you want to purchase but the log book is missing, we recommend liaising with the seller to order a replacement log book. You can then carry out the deal as normal and follow standard protocol on advising the DVLA of transferred ownership.

Don’t forget that you can always check your eligibility for car finance with My Car Credit’s car finance checker. We’ll make your car finance journey smoother.

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Borrowing £7,500 at a representative APR of 12.4%, annual interest rate (fixed) 12.36%, 47 monthly payments of £196.44 followed by 1 payment of £206.44 (incl. estimated £10 option to purchase fee), a deposit of £0.00, total cost of credit is £1,939.12, total amount payable is £9,439.12.

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