A Bill of Sale is a form that a seller uses to document the sale of an item to a buyer. It serves as a receipt for personal sales and purchases and includes buyer and seller information and details about the goods, its location, and the price. Both parties should fill out and retain a copy of the signed Bill of Sale as a proof of purchase or as a proof of payment.
While it is true that a bill of sale form is a fairly simple document compared to other legal documents , it still has legal force and should be taken seriously. As with any legal document, it is never a good idea to sign it without reading and understanding all parts of the document, including the fine print.
A Bill of Sale should only be used for "as-is" purchases, when payment in full will be made once the item is exchanged. It expressly disclaims any warranties that relate to the quality or fitness of the product.
If the item happens to be insurable, you may need to provide documentation to prove that you are the legal owner of an item, or that you are no longer in possession of the item. A Bill of Sale, if completed correctly, can be used as proof of ownership.