A Bill of Sale acts as a receipt for both parties. The seller can use it to prove that an item was sold to the purchaser "as-is", and the buyer can use it to prove that payment in full was given to the seller. It also provides a sale date to both parties, which can show when the responsibility of the item was transferred. Both the purchaser and the seller can use it as evidence of the price paid for tax purposes.
It is also important to realize that the seller must have full rights to sell the property listed on the bill of sale form; otherwise, there could be serious legal repercussions for the seller. Hence, it is advisable for the buyer to request that the seller produce documentation showing that he or she has full ownership rights to the item(s) being sold. If this documentation cannot be produced upon request, the buyer should be hesitant to sign a bill of sale.
Who should use a Bill of Sale? A Bill of Sale should be used by anyone who is looking to sell or purchase an item. This includes:
1. Purchases made through buy, sell, and trade websites.
2. When trading vehicles or other items.
3. When selling or purchasing a used item.
4. When purchasing or selling an item through private sale.
5. When selling or purchasing a high-valued item.
Next, check to see if there is a section where the seller and/or buyer can indicate the details of the property that is to be transferred. There should be sufficient room in this section to leave highly detailed information about the property and the condition it is in at the time of purchase. Keep in mind that if more than one item is encompassed within the transaction, it may be necessary to itemize or list the particular items separately. If this is the case in your situation, the bill of sale template that you choose should allow for this.