A South Carolina general bill of sale is used to record the transfer of personal property between a private buyer and seller. While bills of sale are predominantly used in vehicle-related transactions, this generic form is suitable for deals involving any type of used item. A properly-composed bill of sale should state the purchase price, date of execution, and provide a descriptive summary of the property being sold. The parties must also supply their personal information and sign their names to validate the form. While a bill of sale is essential in recording the chain of ownership, its use is generally optional, only being required in certain situations involving the registration and titling of vehicles.