Oregon has unique rules for buying a used car from a private seller. This guide will help simplify the process.
Step 1 - Research the Car’s History
You’ll want to know about the car’s past before making an offer.
- Title liens.
- Reported stolen.
- Maintenance records.
A vehicle history report such as AutoCheck can reveal these and more.
Step 2 - Test Drive the Car
A test drive is the best way to see if the car’s a good fit for you.
With PrivateAuto, you can schedule a test drive right on the platform. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the assigned location.
Step 3 - Get an Inspection
An inspection can reveal hidden mechanical problems.
Use PrivateAuto’s inspection scheduler to book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic.
Step 4 - Get the Paperwork
Certificate of Title
Complete the title transfer section on the back of the title.
- Your name and address.
- Selling price.
- Date of sale.
- Odometer reading.
- Seller’s signature.
- Your signature.
Bill of Sale
A bill of sale is optional in Oregon. It’s still a good idea to ask the seller to provide one. It could help if any tax or legal issues come up.
When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get an electronic bill of sale and state-specific documents you need. You can fill them out and sign right in the app.
Step 5 - Complete the Sale
You still need to complete a few business items with the Oregon DMV:
- Register the car.
- Apply for a new title.
- Pay fees.
PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car from a private party.
- State-specific electronic documents you can sign straight from the app.
- Keeps your personal info private.
- Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
- Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
Plus, you get tips for buying a used car in your state.