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How to Sell a Deceased Person’s Car in Ontario

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Losing a loved one is a profoundly emotional experience, and amidst the waves of grief, certain practical matters often need attention. Among these, the handling of the deceased’s personal belongings, such as their car, stands out as a task that blends both emotional and logistical challenges. In Ontario, the process of selling a car that belonged to someone who has passed away is not just a matter of finding a buyer; it involves navigating a series of legal steps and considerations.

As you embark on this journey, it’s important to approach it with both sensitivity and practicality. This article aims to be your compassionate guide through the often-complex process of selling a deceased person’s car in Ontario. We’ll walk you through each step, offering detailed information and practical tips to make the procedure as straightforward and stress-free as possible. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding that will help you make informed decisions during this difficult time, ensuring that your loved one’s asset is handled respectfully and according to legal requirements.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Selling a Deceased Person’s Car in Ontario

Obtain the Death Certificate:

The first and most crucial step is to obtain the deceased person’s death certificate. This document is essential for all legal proceedings related to the deceased’s estate.

Locate the Will:

If the deceased left a will, identify the executor and check if the will specifies anything about the vehicle.

Probate the Will (if necessary):

If the car is part of the estate and the will is being probated, the executor named in the will must handle the sale. In Ontario, not all estates require probate. Consult with a legal advisor to understand if this step is necessary for your situation.

Transfer the Vehicle Ownership:

The executor or next of kin must fill out the Application for Transfer, which is found on the back of the vehicle’s ownership permit, and submit the completed form along with the death certificate and the vehicle ownership permit to a ServiceOntario centre.

Settle any Outstanding Loans or Liens:

Ensure that any outstanding loans or liens against the vehicle are cleared.

Cancel the Insurance:

Notify the insurance company of the death and cancel the deceased’s car insurance policy.

Value the Vehicle:

Determine the market value of the car. You can contact us at, check other websites to get an estimate, or consult a professional for an appraisal.

Advertise the Sale:

Once all legalities are handled, advertise the car for sale. Use online platforms like Facebook marketplace or kijij, newspapers, or car dealerships to find potential buyers.

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Additional Information and Tips


The entire process can vary in length, often taking several weeks to a few months, depending on whether the will is being probated and how quickly you can gather the necessary documents.

Without a Death Certificate

It is not possible to legally transfer ownership of a deceased person’s car in Ontario without a death certificate. This document is essential for legal transfer and sale.

Donating to Charity

If selling the car seems too burdensome, consider donating it to charity. Many charities in Ontario accept cars, handle the paperwork, and even pick up the vehicle.

Tips for Ease the Process

  • Keep all documents organized and make copies.
  • Use the services of a professional estate planner or lawyer if the process seems overwhelming.
  • If the car is old or not in working condition, consider selling it for parts or scrap to simplify the process.

Overall, selling a deceased person’s car in Ontario requires careful attention to legal details and paperwork. While it is a process that takes time and effort, understanding the steps involved can make it more manageable. Remember, it’s essential to handle these matters with sensitivity, respecting both legal obligations and the memory of the loved one.



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No, only the executor or legally appointed administrator of the estate has the authority to sell the car, unless the vehicle was co-owned and the title passes directly to the surviving owner.

You’ll need the death certificate, the vehicle ownership permit, probate documents if applicable, a Certificate of Appointment of Estate Trustee, and potentially other forms depending on the situation.

The executor must fill out the Application for Transfer on the vehicle’s ownership permit, and submit it along with the death certificate and other required documents to ServiceOntario.

Generally, no sales tax is paid on the transfer of a used vehicle among close family members. However, for other buyers, tax is applicable based on the vehicle’s sale price or wholesale value.

The duration can vary, especially if probate is required. It may take several weeks to a few months.

Technically, you should not drive the car until the transfer of ownership is complete and the vehicle is insured under the new owner’s name.

The estate will be handled under Ontario’s intestacy laws. The court will appoint an administrator who then handles the assets, including the car.

Yes, but the loan must be paid off first, either from the estate or by the buyer, so that the car can be sold with a clean title.

Yes, we accept car donations, and also many charities accept car donations, and like us, they usually handle the paperwork. However, confirm the charity’s process and requirements first.

Consider selling it for parts or as scrap if it’s not feasible or economical to repair and sell it. Some dealers and junkyards specialize in buying such vehicles.

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