A Quick Guide on Vehicle Matters After a Loved One’s Passing

A Quick Guide on Vehicle Matters After a Loved One's Passing

Dealing with a loved one's car post their passing? Here's a quick guide in 8 steps:
1. Ownership Check: Identify the executor or administrator handling the deceased's estate. If there's a joint owner, smooth sailing; if not, decisions lie with the will or beneficiaries.
2. Agree on Distribution: Unclear will or no will? Decide whether the vehicle goes to a beneficiary, gets sold, or proceeds are divided among residuary estate beneficiaries.
3. Maintenance Check: Boost the car's value by addressing any needed maintenance or repairs before considering transfer or sale.
4. Continue Payments: Keep insurance, registration, and toll account payments flowing if the car is still in use. Financial peace of mind matters.
5. Value and Sell: For tax and probate purposes, get valuations from independent dealerships. If selling is on the table, act promptly.
6. Registration Transfer: Handle registration based on the vehicle's status. Transfer to a new owner or register an unclaimed vehicle, checking with the local transport authority.
7. Licence Cancellation: Notify the roads department, cancel the deceased's licences, and follow state-specific processes.
8. Close Toll Accounts: After settling the estate, deal with toll accounts – close or transfer. Visit a transport service centre with the necessary docs.
For any funeral-related assistance, reach out to Funera Sydney at the following numbers:

- Sydney: (02) 9954 6655, (02) 9954 6655
- Newcastle: (02) 4955 1110
- Wollongong: (02) 4243 8755

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