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.
- 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.
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.