If you’re buying a used car from a private seller in North Carolina, there are some state-specific rules. This guide will make shopping for a used car simple.
Step 1 - Research the Car’s History
PrivateAuto now partners with AutoCheck. It’s the vehicle history report that delivers the best value for the price. It can show you a lot about the car’s history.
- Accidents reported.
- Liens on the title.
- Maintenance records.
Step 2 - Test Drive the Car
When you shop with PrivateAuto, you can schedule a test drive right on the platform. No more endless back-and-forth texts and phone calls.
Choose from the available times and meet the seller at the designated location.
Step 3 - Get an Inspection
An inspection can uncover hidden mechanical problems.
With PrivateAuto, you can schedule an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic right from the app.
Step 4 - Complete the Paperwork
Certificate of Title
Complete the back of the certificate.
- Name and address - both you and the buyer.
- Date of sale or delivery.
- Your hand-printed name and signature.
- Odometer reading (if the car is less than 10 years old).
- Damage disclosure.
You’ll need to have it notarized.
Bill of Sale
North Carolina law doesn’t require a bill of sale. But it’s still a good idea to have it. It can help if any legal or tax issues come up.
Be sure to have it notarized.
Step 5 - Complete the Deal
You still have a couple of items of business:
PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car from a private party.
- Keeps your private info safe.
- Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
- State-specific electronic documents.
- Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.