Hi, guys, I'm coming to you because I need help.
I'm considering buying a bike in the UK, specifically in Scotland.
The problem is, I seem to be unable to make the seller understand something.
Anyway, where I live in Europe, for the new owner to register a vehicle they have to have that vehicle's papers and a sales contract with data of seller, buyer and vehicle, and with at least the seller's signature - so it's clear the PO really did sell the thing and it wasn't stolen.
Further, these contracts have to be notarized by a Notary (a kind of lawyer, specializing in contracts and witnessing signatures), so it's all legal - the lawyer with the seal confirms the contract is legal, the seller's signature is genuine and that the sale really did happen.
That's between two Joe's Average.
If you buy from a dealership you get an invoice with your and vehicle's information, the dealership's stamp and the sale-person's signature.
In Slovenia, a dealership can also act as an intermediary between two Joe's and write up an invoice/bill of sale.
It's the same in the rest of the Europe: Italy, Austria, Germany, Nederlands,... I know that from personal experience. In Nederlands you actually also get Export Papers with the vehicle.
My question is: is it the same in Scotland or are the regulations there different?
Can in the UK the seller go to a dealership for them to act as an intermediary to write up an invoice, thereby excluding the Notary from the entire process?
PS: what about filling out the V5 document with buyer's information plus his signature, then sending it to the DVLA, when selling the bike, is that really necessary or it's no longer?