Pennsylvania’s laws for buying a used car from a private seller are designed to protect consumers. This guide will help simplify the process.
Step 1 - Research the Car’s History
A vehicle history report such as AutoCheck can tell you important details about the car’s past.
- Title liens.
- Reported stolen.
- Maintenance records.
Step 2 - Test Drive the Car
The nightmare of endless back-and-forth calls and texts when arranging a test drive…
… Now you can skip it.
You can schedule a test drive right on the PrivateAuto platform. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the assigned location.
Step 3 - Get an Inspection
Find out if the car has 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
You and the seller will need to sign the title in front of an authorized Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) agent.
- Your name and address.
- Selling price.
- Date of sale.
- Odometer reading.
- Seller’s signature.
- Your signature.
The PennDOT agent will need to see proper proof of identification.
Bill of Sale
A bill of sale is optional in Pennsylvania. It’s still a good idea to ask the seller to provide one.
- Provides proof of purchase.
- Can 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 can fill them out and sign right in the app.
Step 5 - Complete the Sale
You’ll need to order a new title and register the car.
You can order new plates or transfer plates from a car you sold or disposed of.
PrivateAuto makes it easy to shop for a used car from a private party.
- Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
- Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
- State-specific documents ready for electronic signatures.