South Carolina has laws to protect consumers when buying a used car. This guide will help simplify the process.

Step 1 - Research the Car’s History

You can learn important details about a car’s past with a vehicle history report.

  • Title liens.
  • Accidents.
  • Maintenance records.
  • Reported stolen.

PrivateAuto recommends AutoCheck. They offer the best value for the money.

Step 2 - Test Drive the Car

Put an end to the maddening back-and-forth calls and texts when planning a test drive.

Use the PrivateAuto test drive scheduling tool. Just choose a time and meet the seller at the specified location.

Step 3 - Get an Inspection

A car might look clean on the outside and still have hidden mechanical problems.

Book an inspection with a local ASE certified mechanic. It’s easy with PrivateAuto’s inspection scheduler.

Step 4 - Get the Paperwork

Certificate of Title

You will need to complete the back of the certificate.

  • Buyer name and address.
  • Selling price.
  • Date of sale.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Buyer’s signature.
  • Your signature.

Bill of Sale

South Carolina doesn’t require a bill of sale. It’s a good idea to have one anyway. It can help if any tax or legal issues come up.

When you buy from a PrivateAuto seller, you get a ready-to-sign electronic bill of sale. Plus, you also get state-specific electronic documents.

Step 5 - Complete the Sale

The seller will remove the license plates before finalizing the sale. You’ll need to register the car and order new plates and title.

Conclusion

When you shop for a used car in South Carolina, PrivateAuto puts dealer-like services in the palm of your hand.

  • Verifies seller ID so you can avoid scams.
  • Keeps your info private.
  • Test drive and inspection scheduling tools.
  • Ready-to-sign state-specific documents.

Plus, you get tips for buying and selling a car in your state.